508 History of Wake Forest College
Fowler. In June, 1842, Miss Caroline Crenshaw presented them with a
Attention had to be given to the lighting of the halls also. Among
the first purchases of each Society were a half dozen candlesticks; on
May 5, 1836, the Philomathesians ordered the purchase of four pairs
of snuffers. The Societies bought candles in five-pound lots. They
continued using candles for more than ten years; sometimes they had
trouble in collecting the candlesticks since members would use the
candles to light themselves back to their rooms, and forget to return
them; there was trouble or expense in having the candlesticks cleaned.
But this trouble was nothing to that which they found when once they
had discarded candles for lamps, then a new thing. On February 2,
1838, Waddell and Murray presented a lamp to the Philomathesians,
who seemed not to know what to do with it, and left it unused. In
May, 1849, however, they authorized the purchase of a better lamp, to
cost not less than ten nor more than fifteen dollars. Professor Brooks
at this time going to Petersburg, bought velvet for the Euzelians and a
lamp for the Philomathesians, for which they were very
appreciative.11 The Euzelians had had a lamp since July, 1848, but
seem to have discontinued its use. Being unwilling, however, to be
outdone by the Philomathesians at Commencement, they appointed a
committee to get the lamp ready for that important occasion.
These lamps seem to have been large hanging lamps; certainly such
was the lamp of the Philomathesians. Later both Societies had several
smaller lamps which they set on tables, those for which the young
ladies furnished mats. Early in 1854 both Societies purchased other
large lamps, that of the Philomathesians costing thirty dollars and that
of the Euzelians costing forty. One is described as a camphene lamp,
and the other was probably like it, camphene being the name by
which refined turpentine used as a luminant was sometimes known in
those days. In September, 1860, the Euzelians purchased a very
elegant chandelier, paying
11 Phi. Records, June 2, 1849.
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