270 History of Wake Forest College
definite with his discussion of "The Practice of the Law." In 1900, C.
W. Tillett of the Charlotte bar spoke on "The Limitations of the Law."
In 1901, H. G. Connor, who the next year became an Associate
Justice of the State Supreme Court and in 1909 a federal district
judge, used as his topic "The History of the Constitution of North
Carolina." In 1902 the address was by Dean Ashley of the Law
Department of the University of the City of New York on "The
Citizen and the Legal Profession." In 1903 the address was by Claude
Kitchin, Representative in Congress, who without announced subject
pleaded with the law students to be honest and diligent in their
practice. This ended the addresses before the School of Law. In 1904
the Monday evening was used for an address before the School of
Medicine by Dr. Allison Hodges of the Richmond Medical College,
who spoke on "The Worth of the Educated Man and the Educated
Physician," to an appreciative audience.
In 1904 class day was revived with the exercises in the afternoon,
but it lacked the Spirit of the class days of former years. After a year
or two it was hard to get a gathering of much size in the hot afternoon
hour. The stock jokes passed down from former class day exercises
were stale and no longer interesting. Furthermore the college annual,
the Howler, began to appear in 1903, which was full of class histories
and poems, even the histories and poems and prophecies read on class
day, which were usually rather tame, since it takes courage to put on
record in black and white anything derogatory of any person.
Accordingly, interest in class day waned through the years and after
1938, with the shortening of the commencement period to Sunday and
Monday, two days, it was dropped from the program.
Above something was said of display of personal ill will in class
day exercises. In some years, however, the exercises were made the
occasion of manifestation of the goodwill and loyalty of the class to
the College in the form of gifts. First among these was the pres-
entation of the Arch by the class of 1909; it first stood at the entrance
to the Campus from the railroad station, but with the
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