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the convention into special session. On July 3 Dr. Casper C. Warren
scheduled the extraordinary convention for July 30 at the First Baptist
Church in Greensboro. All of the twenty-seven hundred churches
affiliated with the convention would be eligible to send messengers.
The speed-up created a new flurry of letters in the denominational
and public prints. J. B. Little of Favetteville asked in the Biblical
Recorder, "… Are the Baptists of North Carolina so poor that we have
to go out of our denomination and take cigarette money to endow our
Christian college?" J. W. Laney of Brookford wrote that a move to
Winston-Salem would make Wake Forest "a memorial to the tobacco
interests." Nannie C. Holding of the town of Wake Forest said she felt
that in accepting the Reynolds offer the college might become a
school for the rich, which would send "the dreams of the founders
down in ashes." Dr. Wingate M. Johnson of Winston-Salem took the
other side: "Let us hope that the Baptists of North Carolina will not let
their senior college perish for lack of vision," he Wrote.
In the Raleigh News and Observer Dr. G. W. Paschal said that
"there is hope, good hope, that Wake Forest College will receive
adequate support at Winston-Salem to enable it to serve as it should
the state and the Baptist denomination. There is no reason for such
hope if the college remains at Wake Forest." He said that he probably
was "as well informed about the needs and prospects of the college as
any other man living."
In the same publication S. F. Thompson of Hamlet asked, "Why
would we Baptists of North Carolina want to move Wake Forest
College and line it up with the millionaire interests of the Reynolds
Tobacco Company of Winston-Salem…. Big offers of money loom
large in the eves of many people but there are times when
consideration of religious and character development should play the
biggest part …"
Looking toward the end of July, Old Gold and Black staked its
ground, saving:
Regardless of what the final decision may be, regardless of whether
Wake Forest remains at its present location or is transplanted to Winston
Salem, regardless of any other changes that may come about, we should and
we must preserve forever the principles for which this Baptist school has
stood for 112 years…. Although it may change its surroundings, al-
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