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1915-16, he did the work previously assigned to Professor Hubbell.
One of his great services was the introduction of new methods in the
classes in English composition. In June 1916, he resigned, planning to
take advanced work at Harvard, but spent the year as acting associate
professor of English at Denison University. He returned to the
College in September, 1922, with the rank of full professor, and
remained three years. In the six years, 1916-22, the department had
suffered all the vicissitudes of a college in the war period and return
to the normalcy of peace, but Professor Sledd with the aid of an able
assistant most of the years had been able to adjust the work to the
varying conditions. For the year 1916-17, his assistant was Mr. Elmer
W. Sydnor, a graduate of Richmond College, who came to the
College as associate professor of English "with some work in
German" for the year 1916-17, in which having little to do in German
he was able to render good service in the department of English. He
left at the end of the year to become professor of English in Chatta-
nooga University, and was succeeded by Mr. Samuel Derieux, also a
graduate of Richmond College, as associate professor. Professor
Derieux was already a writer of short stories of some note, and after a
year, in June, 1918, he left Wake Forest to become a member of the
staff of the American Magazine where he remained until his untimely
death in the summer of 1922. His presence at the College had been
stimulating to the students and he did good work in English
composition and journalism. During the first term of the year 1918-
19, the year of the Students' Army Training Corps, Professor Sledd
did the regular work of the department, except that in English
Composition, without assistance, but in this latter course Professor R.
B. White of the School of Law and Dr. G. W. Paschal of the Greek
Department were detailed to take charge, White of one section,
Paschal of two of the S. A. T. C. freshmen, while in the spring term
Dr. Paschal continued to teach a class of "lame ducks," under the
general oversight of the professor.
With the war years behind, the Trustees began to be more generous
with the English Department. Under their appointment
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