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sociated, and in particular the students, to respect and love things
religious. When at the College he had a part in the councils and
services of the Church, and he was always ready to cooperate in all
denominational enterprises. On his arrival at Wake Forest, Dr. A. Paul
Bagby was pastor of the Church, and continued as such until April 15,
1928; his successor Rev. J. A. Easley was elected on the following
September 9. Shortly after Dr. Gaines's coming to the College, in
October, 1927, Dr. Ellis A. Fuller assisted Dr. Bagby in a revival;
there was another revival in January 5-15, 1930, when Pastor Easley
was assisted by Dr. J. B. Turner, of the Hayes Barton Church of
Raleigh; both revivals created much interest and were followed by
baptisms, which were more numerous among the young people of the
town than among the students. Perhaps a decrease in religious interest
among the students is indicated by the fact that the average of student
attendance at Sunday school dropped from 210 in 1928 to 110 in
1929.
President Gaines had not been long at Wake Forest before he had
gained a reputation throughout North Carolina and neighboring states.
Young, energetic, enthusiastic, healthy-minded, he made friends
easily. He was a ready speaker on many subjects---religion,
education, literature, athletics, college affairs, dedications of buildings
and stadiums, and was heard gladly whatever his subject, and his
services were in constant requisition. "President Gaines," says Old
Gold and Black of December 17, 1927, "who has been on an
extensive speaking tour a good part of the time since becoming
president of Wake Forest College, will not slacken his pace during the
holidays," and goes on to outline his speaking itinerary which
included addresses in Charleston, Greensboro and Memphis.
Everywhere he went he impressed his audiences with his sanity and
wisdom, with his kindly spirit and enthusiasm. After a year it began to
be said that Wake Forest College would not be able to keep him. It
was whispered that other universities wanted him, but it was to
Washington and Lee that he went at the close of his third year at
Wake Forest. As he was leaving, the faculty and Trustees showed
their appreciation by conferring
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