176 History of Wake Forest College
as the pastors and the numerous visitors attended the more popular
lectures the small number of teachers was hardly observed. The
number actually enrolled in the class on "Expression" taught by Dr. C.
S. Blackwell of Elizabeth City was 75. Other popular classes were
those in English, Latin and arithmetic, numbering about 30 each,
while the class in Greek numbered only 6, one of them a girl.
However, the women greatly outnumbered the men. It was something
of a shock for even the youngest of the professors to see women and
men sitting together in Wake Forest classrooms, and in the chapel as
they now saw them sitting for the first time, but the strangeness soon
wore off and all went merry as a marriage bell. The chapel services,
though coming at eight o'clock in the morning, were well attended;
there were few absences from recitations; and usually full 200 would
assemble to hear the lecture after supper. Not too much time was
taken for study, though some good work was done. There was felt to
be no compulsion; there was nothing in those days to report to State
Department of Education, and little account was taken of grades.
Much time, however, was devoted to recreation and social pleasures.
The food at the hotels and boarding houses was good and table
companions were cultured people, often including some of the
summer vacation visitors, with ladies of wit and fine conversational
endowment; the porches were provided with convenient seats for
private parties, or if these failed there were the numerous well-shaded
rustic seats in the Campus which were often occupied in the heat of
the day and sometimes into the night. Those were halcyon days.
possible for the education and elevation of the masses of our State. A fee of $5 will
entitle teachers to all the privileges of the summer school, and they can also attend
all the exercises of the Institute without additional charge. Board and lodging, as has
already been stated, will vary from $7.50 to $12 for the month, so that the expenses
of the teacher need not exceed $15 and may be less. Special information will be
given by the writer on application. Persons coming to the Institute should by all
means arrive on or before the 22nd, as lectures will begin promptly on Wednesday
the 23rd. Teachers reach here on or before Saturday the 26th. Railroad tickets can
be had for one fare." J. B. Carlyle, North Carolina Baptist, May 19, 1897. See also
very favorable editorial notices in the same paper for June 2, 1897, and in the
Biblical Recorder, June 16, 1897.