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be satisfied with nothing else than his
demands.5
However, the desire
for improving the Campus was general and had been planned for
several years. On March 11, 1869, the young ladies of Wake Forest,
ever ready to do their part, assisted by a number of young gentlemen,
had given an entertainment consisting of tableaux, charades and so
forth, to raise money for the Campus, but how much was realized is
unknown.6
We have seen that President Wingate, who was always
interested in beautifying the Campus, raised forty dollars in cash for it
in the fall of 1869. At the previous commencement the Trustees had
put the care of the Campus and grounds in the hands of faculty, and
had constituted them a committee to secure funds for the
improvement of the building and the "grounds immediately around
the College." With this commission, and with the smart of the
stinging words of Mills in the Biblical Recorder, the faculty were not
slow in soliciting funds. It was to the brethren in Raleigh that they
turned, seemingly with persistent importunity, so that Dr. Wingate
could not go to Raleigh to preach without arousing in the people of
that city the suspicion that he wanted money for the college Campus.7
Among those who contributed were two Trustees, J. H. Mills, and
Col. J. M. Heck, the latter the more largely since he was more
financially able. Enough was secured to justify the beginning of
improvements on an extensive scale. With the assistance of Col. Heck
a landscape gardener, Major Englehardt,
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5
Biblical Recorder, June 23 and 30, 1869.
6 Biblical Recorder, March 17, 1869. Such entertainments seem to have been
very popular at the College. One of them is described in a letter, unsigned, which
got lost in the pages of the Euzelian record book, as follows: "Euzelian Hall, W. F.
C., N. C., June 6, 1867. "Dear Eb.: Yours came to hand this morning, and I now
take my pen in hand to answer it from our Hall. I have nothing new to write, except
that the concert, tableaux and charades, came off last night and was quite a brilliant
affair. It took place in the College Chapel, which was crowded. The ladies did act
splendidly, but the best of all was one of the boys (Mr. Reinhardt of Mo.) who acted
the part of the negro. He had his face blackened; had an old-fashioned claw-hammer
coat and tight pants and sang ‘A little more cider for Miss Dinah.' I never saw such
a good mimic before. And my sweetheart looked like an angel-I mean the one I like
best of the ladies on the Hill."
7 Biblical Recorder, November 24, 1869. "The President of Wake Forest College
wants some money, just a little, to improve the College Lawn, so he makes us feel
ourselves his debtors by coming to preach a good sermon."
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