62 History of Wake Forest College
to Oxford. A family occupies a professor's room, and negro girls wear
the University gowns, the property of the Literary Societies." Another
correspondent, paper of March 17, 1869, rehearses the tale of the
political methods used and brings in review the members of the new
faculty, and dwells on the small number of students in attendance. In
an editorial notice account is taken of the fact that, "Mr. Argo
announced in the Legislature that there were only two students at the
University of North Carolina." In the issue of June 23, 1869, a writer
urges all to refuse to send their sons to the University and to advise
others not to send theirs, declaring, "As citizens too we are bound to
let the University alone." It is probable that the longer articles, which
are over assumed names, were by alumni of the University, with
whose complaints, though saying little, Editor Jack Mills showed un-
The sympathetic interest felt by friends of Wake Forest College for
the ejected faculty and trustees of the University produced a most
depressing effect on them also and for several months many of them,
as we have seen, were almost willing to abandon the College. It was
almost as if the educational institutions of the State had but one heart,
so close were the bonds that held all together in the common purpose
of preserving the heritage of the fathers. Just how Wake Forest
College was affected may be seen from the following words of
President Wingate written on the opening day of the session of 1868-
This is our first day. There are 42 students present. We are, it seems to me, in a
critical condition. So few are receiving the benefits of an education. All our schools,
preparatory as well as collegiate are
"I saw nothing very cheering at Chapel Hill. Alas ! Its glory has departed. The
population of the village has already been reduced from 1,600 to 800, and still they
go. Many of the buildings are vacant, though the rent required is no more than the
tax upon them. How changed since my last visit to that seat of learning! How sad
that politics should be allowed to crush and destroy so noble an institution!" Rev.
John Mitchell, Biblical Recorder, October 23, 1872.
"We are distressed for the youth of our land. The once noble University lies
prostrate and desolate. One dozen large and costly school buildings are the homes of
owls and bats, and three of them have recently been sold." Editorial, Biblical
Recorder, October 2, 1872.
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