From the Little to the Large Chapel 11
with a song, usually led by Dr. W. L. Poteat, to the accompaniment of
a small organ played by a student. This was followed by the roll call
by a member of the faculty. Every student had to give enough
attention to answer to his name, and there was little opportunity of
evasion by having some one answer for him, for fellow students were
all around and the faculty in front to mark his vacant seat. If any
student had any peculiarity in name or voice it did not escape the
notice of his fun-loving fellows. The name Renfrow sounded too
much like "rain crow" when first heard to escape observation. The
lad, hobbledehoy, said "here" in a piping, screeching voice; others
said it down in their throats; those from Camden and Currituck said it
with the "r" horribly trilled, and others from Halifax and Wilmington
said "heah," with no "r" at all. Often the attendance was perfect with
every student answering to his name. Every student heard his own
name called and every other student and faculty member present also
heard it, and all knew that there was a Tom Smith or Jesse Williams
or B. Zollicoffer, or whoever he was, among them and soon came to
know his face and figure. The result was to create an interest of the
students in one another and engender a sense of unity among them.
So long as the chapel services were in the Little Chapel they were
of a somewhat uniform though not prescribed order. It was felt to be a
period of morning worship and for it a spirit of reverence was
observed, even though a student here and there was making a
desperate effort to prepare for the recitation which immediately was
to follow, work which he should have done last night. Generally all
present gave attention to the reading of the Scripture and words of
instruction; they bowed their heads and followed the words of prayer
for themselves, that they might have divine help in their temptations,
in the performance of their daily duties and the final realization of
their aspirations. Seldom did the morning prayer fail to ask blessings
for the loved ones at home. Long after they left college many felt the
influence of those chapel services in their
1 The following from a sonnet by Professor B. F. Sledd addressed to "C. E. T."
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