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had to be taught, housed, provided with beds, fed and trained to work
on the farm. The burden of all this rested on Wait alone, for with the
exception of the farmer, he had no
assistant.15
Wait found that their
preparation was of different degrees and their objects in coming to the
Institute various. Some wished to be prepared for College in as short a
time as possible, "and others could only, with difficulty, read in a
common spelling
book."16
Major Sanders M. Ingram says that his
preparation had been very poor and that he found English Grammar
so difficult that he planned to run away from the Institute.17 The text-
books used in the lower classes were Murray's Readers and Gram-
mars, and Pike's
Arithmetics.18
Dr. Wait spent the forenoon in teaching, rising before day, and
hearing a class by candle-light before
breakfast.19
And this he kept up
during the first year. The youthful students appreciated his instruction,
and there is evidence that he was inspirational, provoking his scholars
to a desire to become able to take their stand as men of culture,
learning and usefulness. The students greatly admired and respected
their teacher.
20
Wait in turn appreciated his opportunity. In speaking
of the work of the first year he says: "I had now a pretty large amount
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15 Wait, Wake Forest Student, Vol. II.
16 Ibid.
17 Wake Forest Student, XIII, 192 f.
18 Sikes, "Wake Forest Institute."
19”I have recited many a Latin lesson to him by candle light before daybreak in
the morning; our lamps frequently burned until midnight." Ingram, Wake Forest
Student, XIII, 196 f. See also letter below from Biblical Recorder of April, 1935.
20 Mr. A. G. Headen, Student, Vol. 21, p. 86, says: "No purer, better man ever
lived," while Major Ingram is more circumstantial: "He taught us to think a great
deal of ourselves, to set our mark high, to study hard and get our lessons well. He
encouraged us to believe that we would eventually fill high offices and make great
men. It did not take us long to come to the conclusion that Dr. Wait was one of the
greatest men that ever lived, and that we were next." And again, "Dr. Wait liked to
see the students well dressed and neat and clean, and that their wardrobes were kept
in good condition. Dr. Wait himself dressed neatly, was dignified in demeanor, and,
withal, was a fine-looking man. It is a great deal to say, but I know of no man who
has lived in North Carolina who has done more good to the world than he." Wake
Forest Student, XIII, 475, 196.
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