516 History of Wake Forest College
euphemism, the appointment being made of two "to sweep the carpet
and dust the hall." In order that both might have the tools necessary
for their important work brooms were provided in pairs. The office
went by rotation, no partiality being shown, the high and the low,
freshman and senior, being appointed with the certainty of fate when
their names were reached. On several occasions those appointed
failed in their important duty, but they did it to their sorrow. On
November 15, 1845, one who was afterwards a beloved physician, a
graduate of Jefferson Medical College, and a distinguished resident of
Wake Forest, failed to do the assigned sweeping and dusting, and was
promptly fined by the impartial Society.20 The Society showed equal
impartiality when on February 17, 1855, it imposed a fine for failure
to brush the cobwebs from the hall on Joseph Dozier Boushall, of
Camden County, who later was an officer in the Confederate Army
and died a glorious death at the head of his company in the battle of
Chancellorsville. He was then in his Freshman year and having made
a motion that a committee of one be appointed to sweep the cobwebs
from the ceiling drew the appointment on himself.
This sweeping, however, coming with monotonous repetition, was
found to be irksome even by the most loyal, many of whom came
from homes where there were swarms of slaves and never had a
broom in their hands. Accordingly, early in 1847, the Euzelian
Society resolved to employ a servant for the purpose and to pay him
two dollars for the session of five months. One such servant, named
Gilbert, was procured. This salary, however, was not long sufficient
to retain any of the various colored servants of the vicinity.
Accordingly in August, 1850, the Society appointed a committee
empowered to pay as much as $3.75 or even $4.00. Entering into
negotiations with Bill Pearce, a wily colored servant who knew how
to drive a bargain, the committee failed to get him, probably because
the committee was instructed "to see that he did his duty." Later a
committee was given instructions
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20 This was Alexander Russia Vann, of Darlington, S. C., the grandfather of our
Professor of
Anatomy.
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