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were following him for the catch. Not Socrates, not Plato, had more

acceptance and power with young men eager to learn. Though

handicapped somewhat by defective hearing he had a wonderful

power of apprehending every student's difficulty as it arose and giving

it sympathetic and respectful consideration. It was not unusual for

students coming from his classes to carry their discussions to the

dining tables. In the early years only Seniors were regularly admitted

to his classes for each of which he had five hours a week.

Mathematics continued under the direction of Professor L. R. Mills,

who was assisted only by tutors until 1886, when W. H. Michael was

appointed Assistant Professor of Languages and Mathematics.

Michael was succeeded by E. G. Beckwith, who had previously been

tutor of Mathematics-he served from September, 1888 until his death

on June 25, 1892. He was succeeded by William J. Ferrell, a graduate

of the College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1882, who since

that time had been teaching in academies at Wilton and Wakefield.

Ferrell served until 1898. For the next year, 1898-99, John Charles

McNeill was student assistant in Mathematics. After this year some of

the classes in Mathematics were taught by Professor John F. Lanneau

and Professor J. L. Lake. In Mathematics three years of work were

offered. Instruction in the first year was given in Algebra beginning

with Quadratic Equations, and in Plane and Spherical Geometry; in

the second year in Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry; in the

third year in the Calculus. The first two classes met five times a week;

the third year class met three times a week.

The School of Greek continued under the direction of Professor W.

B. Royall through all this period. His excellent instruction had already

made a name for his department which it continued to hold. In

January, 1886, E. M. Poteat, a graduate of the College with the degree

of Bachelor of Arts and a full graduate of the Southern Baptist

Theological Seminary, being appointed Assistant Professor of Latin

and Greek, helped with classes in