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stood they had the endorsement of Miss E. B. Halsey, the nurse in
charge of the hospital. Although the committee of the Board
consisting of Drs. Rankin, Battle and Parrott, to which the matter was
referred, rejected the plan of Stewart and Carstarphen, they
recommended and secured the adoption of the plan outlined above
under the head of "Hospital," to which the reader is referred. It is
sufficient to state here that the local board of managers of the Hospital
was "abolished," and the election of superintendent put in the hands of
the Trustees or their executive committee, which chose Mr. E. B.
Earnshaw as superintendent. At the same time the Trustees, following
the recommendation of another committee, discontinued the office of
the dean of the School of Medicine and put all the professors on an
equality under the general direction of President Poteat. The
animosities aroused, however, were not laid, but kept alive by angry
discussions of a partisan nature on the streets of Wake Forest, the bit-
terness of which was accentuated by the fact that it concerned
personally the professors of the School, two against three. After a
year, Dr. Stewart resigned, and there was something of a lull for the
next year, while Dr. Ruth was here, but the wrangling continued, with
charges and counter charges until the annual meeting in May, 1914,
when the Board of Trustees, refusing to investigate the charges
further, voted instead a reorganization of the School, the plan of
which was indicated at some length. This was effected at a meeting of
the Board in Raleigh on July 15, 1914. In the meantime there had
been hectic weeks at Wake Forest. It was known that Dr. Powers
would not ask for a place in the reorganized School; the fight ranged
around the others, especially around Dr. Carstarphen; but at the
meeting, the Trustees reelected both Carstarphen and Smith. At the
same time Dr. H. D. Taylor was elected to succeed Dr. Powers, as
professor of Bacteriology and Pathology. The salary of each of the
three was fixed at $2,000 a year. No dean was elected, but the
Trustees showed their confidence in the character and future of the
school by inviting Dr. N. P. Colwell of the A.M.A. to make a visit of
inspection to it. However, the evil effects of the
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