Summer School 175
On the request of Mr. C. J. Parker, manager of the North Carolina
Teachers' Assembly, the opening of the summer school was
postponed until June 28, since several members of the faculty were on
the program of the meeting of the Assembly which would be in
The Pastors' Institute opened on scheduled time, June 23. Though
the number of pastors was disappointingly small, not more than
twenty, the program was excellent. Courses of lectures were delivered
by Rev. C. A. G. Thomas on "Sin"; by Dr. W. C. Tyree, on the
"Atonement"; by Dr. A. C. Dargan, on the "Preparation and Delivery
of Sermons"; by Dr. J. W. Carter, on "Genesis." In addition there were
occasional lectures, such as that by Dr. Charles E. Taylor on "The
Kind of Preacher Needed by this Generation,"
and Dr. Dargan's
humorous account of how "Old Black Joe," his father's coachman, so
faithfully performed his duties. Though the pastors were so few these
excellent lectures had no lack for hearers, since they were largely
attended by the summer school students, the visitors on the Hill and
many of the people of the town.
Except for belated notices in the Biblical Recorder and the North
Carolina Baptist the summer school was poorly advertised, but for all
that the students numbered about a hundred.3 But
Wake Forest was well represented this year at the Teachers' Assembly at
Morehead City. Professor Poteat was president and delivered the opening address
on "The Child As Teacher." Professor Lanneau gave an exhibition of the X-rays.
Professor Sledd lectured on Teaching English," Professor Gulley on "Civics," and
President Taylor made an address on "The Personal Equation in Teaching." All
were spoken of in very complimentary terms in the reports in the daily papers. From
"Wake Forest Notes," by G. W. P., in the North Carolina Baptist, June 30, 1897.
2 Dr. Taylor's last point was "A preacher for this generation must be careful to be
short." And he went on to say that our ancestors could listen to sermons three or
four hours long but we seem differently constituted. No matter how good, a sermon
must not be too long. North Carolina Baptist, June 30, 1897.
3 "The Summer School is for women as well as for men. Instruction will be given
mostly by lecturers, in about ten of the departments of the College; besides eminent
specialists will lecture on Pedagogics and other topics of deep interest to teachers.
There will also be public lectures at night on popular subjects. Every effort possible
will be made to make the exercises helpful to North Carolina teachers: It is the
earnest wish of Wake Forest to do all