400 History of Wake Forest College
easily and have his legs provided with a calf, though here, too, the
writer intends to be reasonable "and not require absolutely a
Falstaffian yearling, but a calf veritable, if only a nursling." Other
admirable sketches of Dr. Royall's are "Rice," "Western North
Carolina," and "Creeds." From the pen of Professor L. R. Mills we
find an excellent short history of the College, "Our College" (III, 225-
30; 269-73; 313-17), taken for the most part from the records.
Another series of two articles (I, 345; II, 1), entitled "United States
Bonds," tells of his capture by Federal troops; of his prison life at
Johnson's Island, where "Men watched rat holes during those long
cold, winter nights in hopes of securing a rat for breakfast," and of his
release and journey home. Dr. W. B. Royall also had numerous
articles, one entitled "Study of Greek," but for the most part sketches
of departed Wake Forest worthies. Dr. W. L. Poteat also wrote much
for the magazine. In addition to the delightful "Science Notes," of
which mention has already been made, in the years when he was
Alumni Editor he wrote a half-hundred brief editorial articles of
general interest. He also contributed longer studies on scientific
subjects, such as "Penikese" (XIII, 2-7), which tells of a visit to the
home of Agassiz; and "The Colors of Animals" (XIV, 93-97, 193-
202). Other articles, such as "The Groundless Quarrel" (IV, 33-41)
show that in October, 1884, Poteat was already aware of some
dissatisfaction with his views on evolution and was ready to defend
them. During the year 1897-98 (Vol. XVII) he contributed his "Open
Air Meditations," which are charming both for content and for style,
and have been compared with the sketches found in Amiel's Journal.
Dr. J. F. Lanneau was a frequent contributor, usually writing on
astronomical subjects, but also on flying machines and X-rays. It was
rarely that Dr. Sledd would give one of his poems for publication, but
his frugality in this regard was compensated by his assistants, J. C.
McNeill and H. F. Page, many of whose best poems first appeared in
the Wake Forest Student. G. W. Paschal also sometimes contributed
verse, but much more often prose articles, both
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