366 History of Wake Forest College
with no audible murmur, except now and then one would fall asleep
and snore or otherwise disturb the Society at the risk of paying a fine.
At times also the minds of the members went wool-gathering in more
pleasant ways. Seemingly taking notes for a speech they were in
reality fashioning phrases to put in letters to their sweethearts, or
writing complimentary words about young ladies of their
acquaintance. The secretary having to observe a proper decorum as he
faced the seated members often used the pages of the record book for
neatly boxed-off statements like these, from the Euzelian Society
minutes of February 4, 1882: "Oh! for a glance at that beautiful black
hair, one sweet word from those cherry-red lips, above all a look from
those lovely brown eyes." A few weeks earlier the same secretary
wrote: "Annie is the sweetest little darling girl in Wake Forest, but
Lizzie is just as sweet as sugar, and no one can say that she is not."
Sometimes a secretary penned beneath his minutes an obiter dictum
such as this: "The new Ish are just beginning to come forth. Poor
fellows ! it is with fluttering hearts and trembling limbs that they
make the attempt. But they must persevere. ‘Per aspera ad astra.'
‘Labor omnia vincit'."-Eu. Minutes, October 21, 1881. The weary
secretaries not seldom spoke in this way toward the end of the college
year: "I would just remark in a general way that this debate on the
next page is a tiresome thing. Oh, ye gods, how the medalists rant and
rare." Eu. Min., May 4, 1883. Sometimes, however, all the members
stayed awake, as when the subject of debate was "Is the theory of
Evolution plausible?" The Euzelians debating this subject on February
9, 1883, even with T. Dixon speaking for the affirmative decided it in
the negative by a vote of 28 to 10. It was next debated on November
23, 1883, and again decided in the negative by a vote of 38 to 21,
seemingly every member of the Society being present. The next
morning, on motion of A. T. Robertson, this query was struck from
the query book, and the kindred query, "Did man spring from a
monkey?" met a like fate on motion of J. D. Boushall. One other
incident indicates the political preference of members of the Societies.
From minutes of the
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