204 History of Wake Forest College
for six weeks was supplying the pulpit during the vacation of the
regular minister. In these letters hundreds of topics are discussed,
religious, economic, educational, industrial, the food served in the
dining rooms of Chesapeake Bay steamers, Saratoga Springs, the
churches of Philadelphia, John Wanamaker, the Ocean Beach, the
increasing good will of the Northern people for the South, etc. They
are good reading after sixty years. But the letters were only incidental;
during the period he had been preaching most acceptably for the
Memorial Church.1
It was with some enthusiasm that President Pritchard and the
faculty began the work of the session of 1881-82. He himself carried
out as far as possible the plan he had announced to the Board of
Trustees at the Commencement in June, that of remaining at the
College and giving closer attention to teaching and the administration,
but in the last two months of the year, as he reported to the Board at
the following Commencement, he had been unable to disregard the
calls to make addresses. During the year two notable events had
occurred, both of which will be treated at some length in other
chapters of this work. The first was the establishment of the Wake
Forest Student, which first appeared in January, 1882, and continued
until May, 1930, later to be succeeded by The Student, a periodical of
different character. The second was the discovery among the students
of a secret (sub rosa) fraternity, which led the president and faculty to
seek the authority of the Trustees to guard against and to deal firmly
with them. This authority was given.
The students of the year 1881-82 numbered about 150. Between
their work in the classroom and in the Society halls they were kept
busy. Their only vacation was two days at Christmas and one day,
Easter Monday, in the spring term. The students knew that it was an
honored custom in all Christian lands to have holiday from December
25 to January 1, and in December, 1881,
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1 “On yesterday, August 28, I finished my engagement with the Memorial
Church. The congregations have steadily increased and I have not only enjoyed
myself greatly socially, but have had much pleasure in preaching the word."
Biblical Recorder, September 14, 1881.
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