514 History of Wake Forest College
seats, no arms, upholstered in crimson plush, with backs of unstained
white oak. This was the prescription for the common chairs; the
president's chair was of like design but with back and arms
upholstered in plush. The common chairs, of which three dozen were
bought, cost nine dollars each, and the president's chair cost twenty
dollars. Very beautiful and elegant chairs they were, as some
survivals now to be seen in the halls and parlors of the homes of
Wake Forest attest, while the president's chair is now in the Louisburg
Baptist Church. They doubtless presented a grand appearance ranged
in rows on the fine carpet and in a hall fitted with curtains and
draperies of silk and velvet, but they were better fitted for my lady's
parlor than for the rough usage of a Society hall of strong young men.
Their backs were, like so many of the backs of parlor chairs of that
day, exceedingly weak and fragile. They had not been in the hall a
year before the Society began to provide for the first of the long series
of repairs indicated in the records.17 But their beauty was captivating
and the students of those days after many years spoke of their
purchase as their great service to the Society.
Of their banners something has already been said. In the halls they
were set just back of the presidents' chairs, just as today. As they were
painted of the finest silk and much used in processions, of which more
will be said later, they became worn and sometimes needed repairs,
which were usually made by the ladies of the Hill.
In the spring of 1856, through the interest of Mr. J. H. Mills, then
on the faculty of Oxford Female College and a year later its owner
and president, the Societies got new banners. Through his
arrangement they sent their old banners to the young ladies of the Clio
Society, who made and painted and gave them new ones for the old.
The Philomathesians with proper concern for "the unknown
Philomelia" who had contributed to their first banner and suggested
the design for one side, requested the young ladies "to paint it like the
old Banner," but the Euzelians gallantly told
17 Phi. Records, May 21, 1859, Hall chairs repaired at cost of $19.35.