President Taylor was a strong believer in the value of discipline for
the development of manliness and dignity of character in young men.
In his own person and manner he exemplified the majesty of a well
ordered life. Early after his assumption of office prospective students
found in the catalogue, beginning with that of 1886-87, this statement:
Earnest efforts are made to develop in students sentiments of selfrespect and
habits of self-control. They are treated and trusted as gentlemen, and are expected to
respond to this treatment by gentlemanly deportment at all times. The College is in
no sense a school of reform, and the faculty very earnestly hope that young men
who have formed vicious habits, or who cannot restrain themselves from mischief,
will not seek to become members of the Institution. Those who do not propose to
conform to the few and simple regulations of the College ought not to matriculate as
A fuller account of fraternities is given in a later chapter; here only
enough is given to indicate the firm and masterly manner in which, in
the early years President Taylor dealt with them.
Hardly had he assumed control as Chairman of the Faculty in June,
1884, when he found the authority of the College challenged by the
presence of a secret fraternity among the students. It had been in
operation during the previous year, but no more serious action had
been taken than to have interviews with the members and to write to
their parents. But at the faculty meetings on July 10-11, 1884, the first
after Dr. Taylor took charge, the faculty took action making
membership in a fraternity a bar to admission to the College, and
added other regulations designed to prevent others from joining such
organizations. The presence of this fraternity among the students had
been the cause
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