50 History of Wake Forest College
teacher of professorial rank was Mr. W. Irving Crowley, who
remained only one year, 1924-25. The registrations for the modern
language courses were always numerous, ranging from 124 at the
beginning of the period to 384 in 1925-26, and it is almost
unbelievable that one professor in the first part of the period, and one
professor and one assistant professor in the later years, usually
without the aid of assistants of lower rank could have taught them all,
even though they were able and industrious. As it was, it was
impossible to offer any advanced work. The most popular language
was French, in which in the year 1926-27 the registration numbered
229, against 69 in German and 61 in Spanish. This was owing to the
fact that in most high schools French was the only modern language
offered, and in most of them the work was so poorly done that it had
to be repeated in college. In May, 1918, the Board of Trustees
adopted a resolution of one of their number, Mr. E. F. Aydlett, that
German should no longer be taught in the
but when the war
was over, on January 15, 1919, the Board authorized the faculty to
restore it to the curriculum.
Of the work of Dr. E. W. Sikes in organizing and conducting the
department of Political Science during the administration of President
Taylor an account has already been given. He remained at the College
until June, 1916, when he resigned to accept the presidency of Coker
College. He had continued the work as in former years, but served the
College as dean during his last year. In 1914 the Trustees elected Mr.
Clarence D. Johns, a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, as
associate professor. He remained only two years, and proved a very
competent and industrious instructor.
As a successor to Dr. Sikes, the Trustees elected Dr. C. Chilton
Mr. Aydlett had on the day before heard the address of Professor Paul Shorey at
the Meredith Commencement, in which, while not disapproving of the study of
German, he had warned of the danger of students adopting the ideals of a people
from the study of their language, with particular reference to German.
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