That was indeed a time of trial-a crisis in the history of the
institution. Its endowment fund of $100,000 had been reduced to a
few thousands; a poverty rested upon our people dark and chilling,
beyond the power of the present generation to realize: general
education had been suspended or hindered for five years; academies
had ceased to exist, and the means of reviving them were not to be
had; while on the other hand our young men all over the land were
anxious for an education which they had no means of securing. They
discovered the signs of the tunes and read the supreme need of
education in the new era that had burst upon us at Appomattox. Their
appeal for help, uttered in tones deep and pathetic, moved all whose
"ears were not deaf." They themselves made sacrifices; parents and
personal friends pledged on their behalf sometimes their all and their
good name besides, and teachers had to meet both half way.-Dr.
William Royall, in sketch: "Prof. W. G. Simmons, LL.D." Wake
Forest Student, VIII, 359, June, 1889.