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posed to the members of his class-how much had their education cost
them in terms of health? What was its money value? Did you get a
better wife on account of your education? have your sympathies been
quickened by it? etc. From the first, with his wit and humor and
illustrative anecdote he had his audience captivated. There were few
topics of interest to a young man and a young woman thinking of the
life before them and especially of marriage that he did not touch upon.
The sum of the whole matter was that a diploma of the College is
valuable beyond expression. Another notable address was that of M.
L. Kesler, on "The Mission of Wake Forest College," at the
commencement of 1917, which is published in full in the Bulletin of
Wake Forest College, XII, 139ff. With great moral force Dr. Kesler
maintained that the mission of the College was to give her students
that training that would make them powerful factors in the
advancement of the Kingdom of God in the world. He desired that the
College should have as students not hoodlums to vitiate the moral
tone of the College but well prepared young men of serious purpose
and high resolve; he would have the institution keep to the Baptist
ideal of democracy and freedom from social restraints. The College
must be genuinely Christian. If the College fails it will not be because
of the competition of tax-supported institutions, but because it has got
out of touch with the ideals of the great denomination which founded
it. Still another good address was that of C. L. Greaves at the com-
mencement of 1914, on "The College Alumnus Conserving his
Learning," found in the Bulletin of Wake Forest College, IX, 215ff. It
was corrective of the current opinion that the things learned in college
were of little practical value. The only other published address was
that of H. A. Brown at the commencement of 1891, on the subject,
"What has a Christian College the Right to Expect of her Sons?" This
is found in the Wake Forest Student, X, 454ff.; it is a good statement
of the obvious. There have been a few interesting alumni addresses,
which were not published. However, in the last quarter of a century
they have tended to be merely perfunctory and in the crowded
commence-
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