410 History of Wake Forest College
Its originators had tried to convince themselves that their "social
club" was not in violation of the catalogue statement, which in the
catalogue of 1890-91 and continuing through that of 1905-06 read
The exceptional excellence and value of these two Societies is believed to be due,
in part, to the fact that no other secret societies of any kind are allowed to exist
among the students. Some years since, the Board of Trustees, by special enactment,
prohibited all other secret societies in the College. This act is still a part of the
organic law of the institution. Inasmuch as the College does not solicit the patronage
of students who will not obey its laws, the clandestine organization and perpetuation
of any secret society among the students of the College, after this explicit statement,
cannot but be regarded as dishonorable (changed to "dishonest" in catalogue of
1902-03).
After June, 1896, however, there was no doubt that its members
knew that it was in violation of the College regulations. All possible
was done to maintain secrecy as to membership and to perpetuate it,
one of the reported means of doing this was fiction that the prime
allegiance sworn to the organization in the initiation oath justified
false statements to the faculty in order to preserve fraternity.
It was not a society, said its defenders, but a social club, but this
fact did not prevent its being extremely obnoxious to the students
generally, in fact, much more obnoxious than a regular national
fraternity would have been. One of its first acts was to affiliate with it
as many of the few young ladies of the town as possible, on the plan
that the D.V.L. would see that the young ladies had proper social life
and escorts to such functions as they cared to attend, but on the other
hand the young ladies must not encourage social relations with other
students. Before its formal organization and for some years thereafter
such a plan existed; later it was disregarded, but not until the social
relations between the young ladies of the town and the students had
lost their former status, when the young men in the sessions of the
Literary Societies dreamed of them. And it was particularly for
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