66 History of Wake Forest College
Editor Mills finally gave his own opinion which was doubtless that
of other friends of Wake Forest
College:9
The University had not a
single student, its sale had been advised by the Governor of the State,
and stories were going that it was to be leased to President Craven for
twenty years for the use of Trinity College. Aroused by these
developments Mills, in words somewhat more trenchant than other
friends of Wake Forest could or would have used, added:
1. The Trustees of the University, having signally failed to execute the business
entrusted to them, owe it to themselves and the State to resign. They are in the way.
If they cannot promote, they should not obstruct, the interests of education.
2. In a message of Governor Holden, he advised the sale of the University. This
advice was known to be in accord with the advice of President Pool. Such a sale is
impossible under the present Constitution and would be the climax of scholastic and
political blunders under any constitution.
3. The proposition of the Board of Education to lease it to Dr. Craven for twenty
years was also unconstitutional, and if Dr. Craven had accepted it, the transaction
would have carried the head of every man connected with it to the political block.
4. It is reported and believed that President Pool, having failed to retain the small
patronage he at first received, now intends to
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Baptist had been chosen a member of the University faculty; that all the
presidents during that period had been Presbyterians, and that the University had
been used for the advantage of the Presbyterians and the Episcopalians; that when at
length a Methodist president is elected the Presbyterians take the lead in denouncing
him, and spare no pains, fair or unfair, to drive him from his post, while they
nominate for his successor none but Presbyterians and Episcopalians. It was
suggested that Pool helped "Philo" in preparing his articles: "Suppose he did, what
of it? are the statements true?" retorted "Philo." And when "Justice," severely
rebuking "Philo" for raising the sectarian issue and declaring no discrimination had
existed, proposed alumni control, the latter came back, saying that alumni control
meant the continuation of the dominance of Presbyterians and Episcopalians since
the most of the alumni were such. "Justice" is not willing that the University shall
be permanently abandoned: "It would be an irreparable injury to the youth of the
State and the future of the State to abandon the University. How can it be avoided?
The University as at present constituted is beyond the pale of the sympathies of
mankind. . . . It is under such odium that a resident of Chapel Hill is almost
ashamed to tell where he lives, when he is away from home. And yet there are those
who love it, who love to dwell upon its past triumphs and hope for its future."
9
Biblical Recorder, October 11, 1871.
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