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them are found in the Wake Forest Student and are still readable.10
That the speakers were able may be seen at a glance of the list of
names of those who spoke at almost any speaking, as for example
these five who spoke at the speaking in November, 1891: B. W.
Spilman, C. B. Williams, R. B. White, W. O. Howard, J. L. Kesler.
When the speeches were finished it was the custom to go to the
halls of the Societies for a reception. Many reports show that these
receptions did not differ from those at Anniversary and at
Commencement, except that they were shorter. They were greatly
enjoyed by the students and their fair visitors. Until June, 1879, they
were in the old Society Halls on the fourth floor of the Old College
Building, but some of the happy couples would halt in the "sink" on
the third floor, which got the name of "Courting Alley."
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SOCIETY DAY
When, in April, 1914, the Societies voted to abandon Senior
Speaking, it was with the purpose that they might add speeches by
seniors to the exercises of the Sophomore-Junior Debate, which the
Societies had voted to establish in April, 1911, in accord with a plan
suggested by Professor J. B. Carlyle. The debate was in all respects a
replica of the regular Anniversary debate except that the debaters
were juniors and sophomores and not seniors and juniors. Officers for
it were elected at the same time as officers for the anniversary debate,
the first Saturday in May. The first debate was held on October 13,
191112 and there
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10
Examples are, "The Industrial Craze," by Walter P. Stradley, VI, 89ff.;
"History in the Light of the Imagination," by J. M. Brinson, VI, 351ff.; "That Boy,"
by J. L. Kesler, X, 367.
11 Wake Forest Student, I, 269.
12
Wake Forest Student, XXXI, 157, November, 1911: "The Sophomore-Junior
debate was held Friday evening, October 13, in Wingate Memorial Hall. This is to
be an annual affair occurring every fall and corresponding to the Anniversary debate
in the spring. This is another progressive step of the Literary Societies and should
serve as a stimulus to Sophomores and Juniors to do the very best work possible in
the Societies. In this, the first debate, the speakers, both Sophomores and Juniors
did exceedingly well. The query: `Resolved, That the South should encourage the
settlement within her borders of such immigrants as are lawfully admitted into the
United States,’
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