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about half an hour for amusement, when the bell again calls to study. There is no
place like Wake Forest at night. The stillness of the graveyard possesses the whole
outdoor establishment. It is now night -the pale face moon is shining beautifully,
and all without is absolute solitude-save when a solitary student is heard winding
his way with a pitcher in his hand to the well-soon again all is silence. O what a
place for meditation!-how calm, how still-nothing but the gentle breeze stealing
among the dead leaves as they hang upon the trees. But hark there sounds the deep
notes of the bell-'tis nine o'clock. Now listen-how soft and melodious are the tones
of those flutes-how beautifully do they harmonize with those of the violin the sharp
hissing sounds are from the Dulcimo. Moonlight and music!-but enough. There's no
place like Wake Forest. Good night.
G. W.
With such a promising beginning the manual labor plan
proved so unsatisfactory that at the end of the fifth year it was aban-
doned. The main reason for this dissatisfaction was that already
stated above, the plan in actual workings did not turn out men
trained in scientific farm methods, as the Hofwyl institution had
done, and as so many had been led to expect the Wake Forest
Institute would do. The story of the system at Wake Forest Institute
is similar to that of it at all other institutions in the United States at
which it was tried-enthusiasm at first, abandonment in a few years.
Wake Forest Institute like other American schools of the kind made
no proper provision for instruction in agricultural methods, but was
content with the hope of giving its students the very valuable
incidental benefits of the Fellenberg plan, health and habits of
industry, and education at less cost. Accordingly, when the principal
men of the State, who General Dockery says were at first anxious to
send their sons to the Institute, realized that they were not getting the
main thing here -scientific knowledge of agriculture-they lost their
interest and withdrew their patronage.The farm was an ordinary
farm, made ordinary farm products, wheat and oats, corn, potatoes,
and, in the last years, cotton. The records of the Board of Trustees
show that it was about self-
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