The Board of Education, 1862-1915 475
the College. The disruption of this bond removed the College to some
extent from the interest and affection of many of our Baptist people,
and degraded it from its natural position of leadership in this
important province of denominational work, to the harm both of the
College and denomination. Attention must be called here to a factor in
the change, which was, strange as it may seem, an increased interest
in ministerial education. Several years before the combination was
made the Convention began to hear reports from a committee on
ministerial education in addition to the annual reports of the
corresponding secretary of the Board. As one reads the reports of both
these parties today one finds much duplication and can see no reason
for any other report than that of the Board of Education, and is forced
to the conviction that the longer reports of the committee on
ministerial education had their origin in the desire of certain able
persons to have the Convention listen to the expression of their views.
Year after year the Convention had to hear the two reports, each of
which, seemingly because of rivalry, grew in comprehensiveness and
length. Their reading consumed much time and proved wearisome to
the Convention. That the patience of the hearers was exhausted is
shown by the fact that in the recommendations for the "Simpler Plan,"
precautions were taken against reports by others than officers of the
Boards, and in particular that not more than twenty minutes should be
consumed in the presentation of the general report of each Board
.30
There remains to be considered the work of the Board at Wake
Forest College, its selection of beneficiaries and its dealings with
them. It exercised great care in the effort to admit only the worthy. By
advertisement in the Biblical Recorder it invited correspondence with
applicants; it sought information from pastors; its agents made
investigations and had personal interviews with as many as they
found on their visits to churches and associations.
From the first the Board had certain standards by which to measure
the applicants for its aid, which as formulated after a
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30 Annuals of the Convention for 1914 and 1915.
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