394 History of Wake Forest College
The Euzelian Society led in the establishment of the Wake Forest
Student, and brought out the first number, as was said above, in
January, 1882; in May of that year the Philomathesian Society joined
in the enterprise. The first editors were W. H. Osborne, Charles A.
Smith and Thomas Dixon, with Professor WV. L. Poteat, Alumni
Editor. The first editors of the Phi. Society were E. E. Hilliard, D. W.
Herring, and E. C. Beckwith. The initial article was by Professor
Poteat, "The Ideal Forces in Human History," an address made at the
last commencement of Chowan Institute. In size the new magazine
was an octavo, with a double column page in 10-point type. With the
beginning of Volume XII this was changed to larger type with lines
extending across the full page. Its
continued through
ences of Wake Forest College," by W. F. Marshall, which appeared in the first
number of the Wake Forest Student, p. 23ff. With reference to the first paper, the
Saturday Review, Mr. Marshall says (with slight rearrangement): "The editorial
department was conducted in a manner no less novel and strange. The name of the
editor was kept almost entirely unknown; even but few of the contributors knew
who he was. The subject matter, consisting of witticisms, criticisms, and burlesque
on the deportment of students, professors, citizens and preachers, on the college
love-scrapes and college eccentricities and weaknesses of all kinds, was written off
on ordinary writing paper, though in a carefully disguised back hand, all the letters
leaning to the left.... Being ready for publication, it was handed to some one to be
read in public. ... When a numerous assembly of students had collected, he would
suddenly take a conspicuous position on the steps and begin to read aloud. This
being the signal for order, the din ceased, and all favored the reader with the closest
attention, which was disturbed only by frequent uproarious exhibitions of delight, as
the shortcomings of some professor, or unsuspecting citizen, and the vanities of
some self-sufficient student were reviewed and exposed in a peculiarly burlesque
and satirical manner. The reading over, the exhilarated crowd, leaping about and
tossing up hats, rolled up a mighty volley of applause, compounded of wildest
whoops and savage yells, such as only the spirited school boy and experienced red-
man know how to utter.
"All were well pleased except those who had been lashed by the satirist, and felt
their vanities wounded. These usually went to pay the editor a complimentary visit
immediately, but of course he was always found wanting, nor could any amount of
inquiry ever lead to a revelation of his whereabouts. The editor, if detected, would
have incurred the danger of suffering rather promiscuous treatment at the hands, or
rather the tongues, of his unfortunately offended visitors. . . . Even to this day the
name of the editor of this queer paper is known to but few."
Minutes of Euzelian Society, October 22, 1881, November 19, 26, 1881,
December 3, 1881. For others than enthusiastic students the first report of
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