106 History of Wake Forest College
State by the friends of Wake Forest College in churches and
associations and conventions, and in the pages of the Biblical
Recorder. For eight long years, 1877 to 1885, an honored son of
Wake Forest College, John C. Scarborough, occupying the uncoveted
place of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at $1,500 a year, a
man of big heart, fervent zeal for the education of children of North
Carolina, and of stentorian voice, went through the length and breadth
of the State, seeking to awake the people to an interest in the common
schools. How strongly his efforts were supported by the Baptist
leaders of the State may be seen by any one who will look into the
columns of the Biblical Recorder for those years, then under the
editorship of Dr. C. T. Bailey, and after 1893 of his son, J. W. Bailey.
This was a work not of one meeting like the Raleigh Convention of
February, 1873, not of one campaign, but one, which beginning then,
required many years for its accomplishment. It should also be recalled
that in 1873, when this work was beginning, the University of North
Carolina was closed, and the Baptist leaders of the State, among them
the president and members of the faculty of Wake Forest College, and
the editor of the Biblical Recorder were joined with other friends of
the State University in devising plans for its reopening. At that time it
would have been obviously false, as it has been really and
malevolently false since, to say with a sneer that the interest of friends
of Wake Forest College in the common schools is only a cloak to hide
their hostility to the University.
Another evidence of the influence of the endowment canvass in
arousing interest in general education was the educational convention
which was held in Raleigh July 9-11, 1873 under the auspices of the
State Board of Education. There were about one hundred delegates
from twenty counties, of every shade of religious and political
alignment-doctors, lawyers, preachers, teachers, editors, printers,
merchants and farmers. The program was of the same character as
that of the educational convention of Baptists which met in Raleigh in
the preceding February. In the meetings there was a deep earnestness
and all differences of
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