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the views of the members of the faculty generally, and that he found
that not all agreed with him in his plans for limitations of students. It
was represented to him that the Baptists of North Carolina had
established Wake Forest College to educate their sons under Christian
influences and they had a right to expect the College to admit them on
the same terms as the University of North Carolina admits its
students; that the great majority of the Baptists in North Carolina were
gathered in rural churches and were of moderate means and they were
not able to give their sons the educational advantages that children of
parents of more wealth living in the cities were enjoying.
Accordingly, many of them would probably be excluded under a plan
of limitation and selection; that in keeping with the design of the
founders it had always been the policy and practice of the College to
admit students if they met the terms of admission generally in force in
the educational institutions of the State, with the conviction that they
would be much better equipped with the training they received at the
College for their life work than if they were denied the opportunity
for such training; that this policy and practice of the College has been
amply justified by results; in consequence of it the Baptist people of
the State had made slow but general cultural advance, owing in great
part to the ministry, both lay and clerical, of students trained at Wake
Forest, some as pastors of churches, others as missionaries in the State
and out of it, others in Sunday schools in churches city and rural
throughout the State, others as teachers in public schools and
academies, others in important places of trust and service. It was
owing largely to these men that the Baptists had become the largest
and most influential and progressive denomination in the State. It had
been found that there was work for all to do, the brilliant and the
plodding; the need for them continued; more workers were needed
than ever because the number of Baptists was greater and the places
to be filled were more numerous. It was also represented that the
Baptists had always been told that the College was theirs, and that in
1925 they had asserted their ownership and right of control by the
adoption of a new method
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