XXXIV
THE SOCIETY HALLS
As the College Building was nearing completion, early in April,
1836, halls in them were assigned to the two Societies. This was done
by lot, in accord with an ingenious plan of Professor Armstrong. On
one of the two sheets of paper of the same size and quality he wrote
the word "east," and on the other the word "west." Then in the
presence of members of each Society he sealed each sheet and carried
them and gave them to Miss Ann Eliza Wait, with the request that she
present one to the Euzelian Society, the other to the Philomathesian
Society. "After tea," says the minute of the Philomathesian Society for
April 9, 1836, "the Societies formed a procession separately, and
marched in front of the house of President Wait, where the letters
were to be received. They were presented. The Philomathesians
received the sheet indicating the East Room, and the Euzelians the
one indicating the West Room."
Just how long it was before the Societies began to hold meetings in
their new halls is nowhere indicated in their records. It would seem
probable, however, that it was not long after this time. At the next
meeting the Philomathesians ordered some tables made, which would
have been out of place in the recitation rooms in which the Societies
had been holding their meetings, and also passed a resolution
requiring the members "to take their seats on the front benches in a
circle before the President," a measure more obviously necessary in
the large hall than in the narrow recitation room. On the other hand
the Euzelians did not get their books into their new hall until
November, 1837.1
These halls were on the third story of the central portion of
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1 The date of the order was November 8, 1837. Hereafter, however, when the
reference in the text is approximate no exact reference will be given in the footnote.
Dr. T. H. Pritchard in "Short History of the Literary Societies," Wake Forest
Student, I, 60 f. says that they occupied the halls about the first of 1838.
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