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North Carolina who might ultimately seek admission to the college
would probably be turned away To that judge Oates responded, "As
far as I'm concerned, I'd rather cut my throat from ear to ear than
stand in the way of some boy's opportunity."
After the balloting President Kitchin asked what should be done
about the building plans already initiated on the old campus. It was
decided that the small dormitory which was already in an advanced
stage should be completed (later named
Johnson,
Dormitory) but that
everything else should be delayed, at least temporarily.
When the votes of all three panels were reported, judge Oates called
the day the most eventful in the history of the college.
Meanwhile press reaction in North Carolina and beyond had been
generally supportive of the plan to move the college. Charity and
Children said, "It is a destiny-making proposition and whatever the
outcome puts the Baptists of North Carolina and the South under
undying obligations to the generosity of the Reynolds family. They
have paid Wake Forest and the Baptist denomination of the state the
highest of compliments in their willingness to entrust huge sums of
money into their hands and safe keeping."
The Winston-Salem Journal said: "We are sure that the more the
alumni and friends of the old college study this proposal the keener
their enthusiasm will become over the assurance it gives of tremen-
dous expansion and progress by Wake Forest in the years to come."
The Roxboro Courier-Times: "Our strong advice to the Baptists is
that they accept the offer. Sentiment is a wonderful thing but it should
never be allowed to stand in the way of progress."
The Rocky Mount Evening Telegram: "The Reynolds offer is one
which the college can hardly afford to refuse. It opens wide the door
to too many opportunities to be cast aside, despite the losses to be
suffered in so doing. Considering this, accepting the Reynolds plan
but at the same time providing for the present Wake Forest campus
seems a wise choice."
The Norfolk (Virginia) Ledger-Dispatch: "The apparent prospect is
that one more great fortune, sprung out of the soil and nurtured by
native ingenuity, is likely to be utilized for an educational enterprise
with imposing possibilities…. Sociologically, at any rate, the prospect
is welcome."
The Duke Chronicle, student newspaper at a school which had
earlier benefited from a tobacco fortune, chose to speak lightly:
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