debate by extensive reading of such material as they could find in the
college library; then they had a meeting, outlined the arguments in
support of their side of the query and divided among themselves the
portion of the argument each was to cover. Each debater then
proceeded to write his own speech and the team was ready for a
hearing before the committee of the faculty appointed for the purpose.
Almost invariably on this committee were President Poteat and
Professor Paschal, the former of whom, being a master of debate
himself, was especially helpful in all matter of composition and
delivery, while Professor Paschal had nearly always read largely on
the question debated and was able to give advice on choice and
arrangement of arguments, and on this account came to be regarded as
debate coach. The result was that each speaker came up to the debate
knowing the question in all its aspects, one side as well as the other,
and with his own arguments constructed to meet the aggression of his
opponents. So far as possible the teams suported only that side of the
questions to which they were naturally inclined, so that the debaters
spoke with conviction and force; if the question used in one debate
was used in another and a different side supported, another team was
Often the speeches prepared for these debates were valuable
contributions towards a better understanding of the subject debated.
And from their part in these debates not a few found themselves and
developed qualities of thinking and leadership which have brought
them to the front rank in church and state.
Some account of most of these intercollegiate debates may be found
in one or another of the college publications. The following from the
Wake Forest Bulletin, XX, 39f., indicates their general nature for the
On April 8 the Wake Forest College debating team met the team representing
Furman University in the Meredith College auditorium. The query was: "Resolved,
That the United States should adopt a Cabinet-Parlimentary form of Government,"
modeled on that of England. Wake Forest representatives-L. B. Mosely of Selma,
Ala., and D. D. Lewis of Winnabow, N. C. supporting the negative,