134 History of Wake Forest College
Meherrin" and "Rainbow." He died at Polkton, N. C., in 1923. He
continued to serve as tutor until June, 1874. The next tutor was Leroy
W. Bagley of the class of 1875, who in June, 1875, was appointed
"Tutor of Languages and Mathematics" and served till June, 1877.6
The next tutors were W. L. Poteat, and N. Y. Gulley, named in the
catalogue of 1878-79, the former as "Tutor of Languages," the latter
as "Tutor of Mathematics." Poteat served for two years and Gulley for
one.
The faculty were few, only five, and a tutor part of the time, but in
the collegiate classes the work was of high quality. On entering the
first classes in Latin, Greek, English and Mathematics, the student
was expected to have done not less than two years of work of a
preparatory nature in each. Beginning with 1874-75 the requirements
in college work for the degree of Bachelor of Arts were three years
each in Latin, Greek and Mathematics, and certificates of proficiency
in English Language and Literature, Chemistry, Physics and
Astronomy, Logic and Rhetoric, Mental and Moral Science, and
Political Economy and History. In his three college years in Latin the
student was expected to master Latin grammar and get the ability to
write Latin, and to have read selections from Livy, Cicero's Orations,
Horace, Sallust, Virgil, Juvenal, Tacitus, and Cicero's Letters. In the
third year one recitation a week was devoted to the study of Roman
history. In Greek the three years' work was of like character; the
authors read were Xenophon, Herodotus, Homer, Isocrates,
Thucydides, Demosthenes, Plato and Sophocles or Euripides. There
were regular exercises in Greek prose composition, and in the Senior
year Smith's History of Greece was studied. In Mathematics the
course comprised Algebra and Plane and Solid Geometry,
Trigonometry and Land Surveying, Plane and Spherical
Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry and Calculus. In all these three
branches the requirements were much severer and
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6 Mr. Bagley afterwards did a great and useful work in secondary education. He
was principal of academies at Scotland Neck, 1877-82; at Murfreesboro, Wake
Forest and Littleton and other places. He died at Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
February 26, 1938.
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