18 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
student basis, Meredith was given five times as much as Wake For-
est, Dickson said. He added: "Had all of the expenditures which
have been made for both Wake Forest and Meredith over this period
been made for them at one location under one efficient management,
the Baptists of North Carolina today would have a truly great
university, which would be well-financed and prepared to do a much
better work than we are now able to do."
The idea threw Meredith, its students, alumnae, and faculty into a
state of profound shock. Its Board of Trustees hastily called an
emergency meeting, and on October 16 the twenty who could attend
unanimously opposed the merger scheme and complained bitterly
that it had been promulgated without consulting the governing
bodies of either college.
Immediately W. H. Weatherspoon, president of the Meredith
trustees, fired off an article to the Recorder lambasting the idea.
"Heaven forbid that Meredith should be passed upon as though it
were a factory, producing consumer goods. If the guiding principle
is to be the grinding out of diplomas at the cheapest dollar cost, we
should bow out of the educational field and leave it entirely to the
state…. We greatly deplore the injection of this diverting, divisive
issue into the sessions of the convention―at a time when all insti-
tutions and agencies face most critical problems …" He emphasized
that "Meredith College vigorously opposes the proposal to put its
college properties on the block for sale to the highest bidder and to
turn the proceeds over to Wake Forest."
Supporters of Wake Forest, however, tended to see some merit in
the plan since it did not involve an uprooting of their campus. Dr.
George W. Paschal, the college historian, said he favored it "because
it promises unity in our educational program, and because the
merger is seemingly the only plan by which we can hope to provide
for the education of the daughters of Baptist families of moderate
income in a Baptist college." S. Wait Brewer, a Wake Forest
merchant and college trustee, writing to the Recorder as "a private
individual," said he approved of the plan as "the one means of
uniting our Baptist people in our great program of Christian edu-
When the convention met in Charlotte on November 15, a show-
down was avoided when Dickson presented a compromise which
allowed women to enter Wake Forest in any class (previously they