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of which place he assumed in October, 1926, after the periodical had
been suspended two years, and continued until May, 1930, which was
the last issue of the Wake Forest Student. The present Student
established some years later is of a different character.
Although there were no other special numbers, as often as a
member of the faculty died during the period of the existence of the
Wake Forest Student some account of his death and most often a
comprehensive sketch of his life appeared in its pages--- a sketch of
William Gaston Simmons in the number for June, 1889; one of
Professor William Royall, January, 1893, and fitting accounts of the
deaths of E. C. Beckwith, J. C. Maske, and C. C. Crittenden. This is
only one of the many concerns of Wake Forest for those years that the
magazine furnishes valuable information.
The Wake Forest Student was also of much value in providing a
place for the publication of writings of members of the faculty, the
only periodical that has been published at Wake Forest which
rendered them that service. It was a worthy magazine and stimulated
production on the part of faculty members who otherwise would
probably have remained mute. Dr. Charles E. Taylor was a frequent
contributor, often with articles of a historical or biographical interest,
but not infrequently with stories of a personal nature, usually
unsigned. Dr. William Royall has fourteen pieces to his credit. Three
of them relate to Florida where he lived as a missionary in the 1850's.
They abound in vivid descriptions of the country and people of
undeveloped Florida, and are full of incidents and historic notes. Like
most of his articles they are enlivened with sallies of wit and humor.
Another study of much interest is "African Slavery in America." Wit
and humor are not wanting in this either, but like all he wrote it has a
serious line of thought and is written with a purpose. His reaction to
the much discussed theories of Darwin is indicated in his article,
"Prehistoric." In it the writer demands that the "prehistoric man,"
when discovered, must not have a tail too long to prevent his sitting
comfortably, the posture of a man when he thinks and reasons, and
that he must be able to walk