466 History of Wake Forest College
ness. But of what force is this to the argument? Just this: The young man who
would mingle with a large company of these, without going their rounds of
smoking, eating, drinking and dressing, would be treated by these young lords with
a haughty superciliousness and cool effrontery, which would drive away one of
ordinary nerve. (From the first article.)
The example of such young men, the sons of the wealthy and the
distinguished, is far more distinguished than many are aware of. They
give tone to the place though the professors may use their best efforts
against them. Young men ardent, high-spirited, reckless, with their
pockets full of money, and their heads full of pride, will be dissipated.
They will smoke, and drink, and curse, and swear, and swagger their
heads in proud defiance; they will revel and play cards by night and
sleep and lounge by day. And if they do it, others will. Many, very
many, whose purses are not so long, nor heads so full, cannot resist
these fine boon companions as they take them by the arms and honor
them with their company. (From the fourth article.)
Possibly the picture of "Philomathes" is too lurid and somewhat
overdrawn, but it is valuable as throwing in clearer relief the stricter
discipline that was prescribed and cheerfully complied with at Wake
Forest College, and valuable too in drawing the contrast between the
extravagance and dissipation of the students in the State Colleges and
the plain living, industry, and high thinking that characterized the
Wake Forest students of that period.
It must not be thought, however, that the well-dressed young man
of good manners was unknown at the College. Glimpses of them are
sometimes caught, as of Dr. T. H. Pritchard's chum and classmate,
Joseph John Williams―"a handsome young man of popular manners,
and known in College as a great ladies-man, a tremendous Democrat,
and an uncompromising teetotaler."16
16 Wake Forest Student, XI, 225.
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