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tory checks on attendance had not been secured. Students at times
who had remained for only a small part of the Sunday service or
listened to a song outside the Hall, possibly in their rooms, sometimes
reported themselves as present on the slips provided for the reports.
And so did some who were known to be a quarter of a mile
distant.2
During the years 1910-14 worshipers returning from the morning
service could hear the reports of the rifles of a shooting club which
held Sunday morning target-practice in a pine thicket about a half
mile to the southwest of the Campus. After the War tennis players had
to be severely reprimanded to prevent their playing tennis on courts in
full sight of the church while services were in progress. It may be said
that since presence at Sunday worship is no longer compulsory
attendance has been fairly satisfactory, usually about one-fourth of the
students. Many others who do not regularly attend the preaching
services are members of Sunday school classes or student groups
which meet for worship and business on Sunday.
For three-quarters of a century after the beginning of the College,
morning prayers opened the exercises of the day, and this order
continued until October 21, 1908, when the chapel period was fixed at
10:40 to 11:00 o'clock a.m. On Saturday, however, to accommodate
the Literary Societies the service was begun at 8:15 a.m. In
September, 1909, the regular period was 9:00 to 9:20 o'clock a.m. But
it was soon found that to have the chapel period close just before the
beginning of a recitation period had its vexation for the teachers who
had classes in that period. It often happened that the conductor of the
service did not observe the proper time limits for his talk or prayer,
and this was usually the case when he was a visitor; the students
indeed tolerated this infringement on the time of the next period with
some grace, but not so the teachers whose time was being consumed;
they fretted and fumed. Again, this or that group of students often
found it convenient to call a "short" meeting
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2 Wake Forest Student, October, 1887; J. W. Lynch, then editor, makes a strong
argument against compulsory attendance at any religious service, even that of the
daily chapel. See also minutes of the Faculty for January 27, 1914, and minutes of
the Trustees for May, 1914.
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