Except the graduating exercises the literary addresses have been the
feature of chief interest at the Wake Forest commencements. Below in
a footnote is found a roll of all who have delivered these addresses. In
the years before the Civil War, as was told in Volume I of this work,
nearly all the literary addresses were published, but in all the years
since the War only two, that of L. P. Olds in 1868 and that of Z. B.
Vance in 1872. Both of these were published by the Philomathesian
Society. That of Mr. Olds was a study of Language as the Voice of
Latitude, and was a valuable contribution to that subject. As published
it fills eighty pages, about 300 words to the page. Though every page
is interesting, it is hard to see how an audience could have had the
patience to hear the entire address at one sitting; the cost of
publication greatly taxed the treasury of the Philomathesian Society
for several years. The address of Vance was a study of the political
problems of reconstuction years and reveals that Vance was well
versed in the science of statecraft. It was a speech of the same
character that Vance made when called in 1888 again to the same
service. On this latter occasion he did the unexpected thing of reading
his address, but he held the undivided attention of his hearers as he
always did in his humorous political speeches. The subject was
"Modern Education and its Tendencies."
Lynch; 1910. G. W. Truett; 1911. Harry Emerson Fosdick; 1912. Newell Dwight
Hillis; 1913. Hugh Black; 1914. G. H. Ferris; 1915. Cornelius Woelfkin; 1916. 0. P.
Gifford; 1917. D. A. McMurray; 1918. J. E. White; 1919. J. H. Randall; 1920. A. C.
Dixon; 1921. Curtis Lee Laws; 1922. S. W. Melton; 1923. Ashby Jones; 1924. W.
S. Abernethy; 1925. Allyn K. Foster; 1926. W. R. Owen; 1927. W. L. Poteat; 1928.
J. C. Turner; 1929. J. R. Jester; 1930. S. B. Cousins; 1931. E. N. Johnson; 1932.
Luther Little; 1933. Zeno Wall; 1934. J. C. Turner; 1935. J. B. Hipps; 1936. Kyle
M. Yates; 1937. W. 0. Carver; 1938. 0. T. Binkley; 1939. W. S. Abernethy; 1940.
R. A. Herring; 1941. S. L. Blanton; 1942. C. H. Durham; 1943. J. A. Easley.
Wake Forest Student, VII, 410: "It was highly interesting throughout, and
especially the concluding portion of it was beautiful." He had prepared the speech
especially for this occasion, which greatly pleased a writer in the same issue of the
Student, page 400, who says. "He excelled the highest hopes of his most sanguine
admirers. The reader who was not present is now trying to enter in, by his
imagination, to side-splitting sensations of Vance's inimitable jokes. But you are
wrong, sir; and the absence of this feature, which some have said is Vance's stock in
trade, but made his speech eminently fitted for