The University and Alumni Celebrate the 119th Birthday
Greetings of loyalty and love from a host of far
scattered sons; messages of confidence from return-
ing representatives of the younger purposeful alumni ;
the presence of a student body of eight hundred
young men, open minded to the finer influences of the
century-old spirit of the place, together with the return
of members of classes from '49 (Ex-President Battle)
to 1912; and the victory over Wake Forest in the after-
noon, contributed to the making of October 12, 1912,
one of the most significant of all the celebrations of
The day's exercises began at 10:45 o'clock when
the procession of alumni, faculty, and students, under
the direction of Chief Marshal Raper, formed in line
J. N. Daily, Montgomery, Texas; Dr. Joseph Hyde
Pratt, Asheville, N. C.; Prof. N. C. Curtis, Tulane
University, Xew Orleans, La. ; President Charles \Y.
Briles, East Central Normal School, Ada, Okla. ; Capt.
James E. Beasley, Memphis, Tenn. ; Rev. J. L. Cun-
ninggim, Nashville, Tenn.; Rev. George B. Tilley,
Cuthbert, Ga.; Eugene E. Barnett, the University's
Missionary to China, Shanghai, China; L. W. Parker,
of the faculty of the University of Minnesota; the
Senior Class of the State Normal College at Greens-
boro, N. C.; the East Carolina Training School;
George Gordon Battle, New York City; Hampden Hill
and Thompson Webb, Thermal, Cal.; Rev. R. W.
Hogue, Baltimore, Md. ; C. B. Ruffin and G. O. Rogers,
Lenoir, N. C.; Dr. Edwin Minis, Nashville, Tenn.;
R. A. Merritt, Greensboro, N. C. ; Miss Alice Jones,
Winthrop College, Rock Hill, S. C.; Col. W. H. S.
Burgwyn, W'eldon. N. C.; M. B. Aston and A. L.
Fitzgerald, Goldfield, Nev.; W. C. Rodman, Wash-
ington, N. C.; alumni association of Wayne County,
Rocky Mount, N. C. Xew York City, Johns Hopkins
University, Spartanburg, S. C, Winston-Salem, N. C,
Philadelphia, Pa., Cabarrus county, Greensboro, N.
C, Mecklenburg county, Richmond county, Surry
county, Cambridge, Mass., Cumberland county, Macon,
Ga., Granville county, Birmingham, Ala., Davidson
county, Rowan county, Durham, N. C, Lenoir county.
W. II. Swift, '01, the first speaker of the day, spoke
on the "Relation of an Alumnus to the State." He
said, by way of introduction, that the older sons of the
University, if they could stand where he stood at that
moment and could look into the faces of the eight hun-
dred boys before him, would have no fear that they as
graduates and as alumni in later years, would meet all
the obligations inherent in the relation.
Speaking more particularly of this relation, he said:
"Every man of us who has been here or who is here,
by the very fact of his being here, is indebted to every
human being in North Carolina for his education.
This is a State institution. There is nothing else to
support it. except probably the few dollars that are
paid for tuition. With that exception, every dollar
used in its support is taken from the taxes of the State.
This is done that the entire State may be benet'r
For this reason, the State has a right to expect from
President Venabu; axd Ex-President: Battle
Leading thi: Procession'
in front of Alumni hall and marched to Memorial hall.
Ex-President Battle and President Venable, followed
by the alumni speakers, headed the long, impressive
Within Memorial hall the invocation was offered by
Rev. W. D. Moss and the University Hymn was sung.
President Venable, in his introductory remarks, ex-
pressed as a hope for the future University, a marked
growth in power and service and an exhibition of all
that is fine, worthy and high. His annual report of
registration showed that the total number of students
in all departments was 817. Divided into classes these
figures represent the enrollment: Freshman, 285;
sophomore. 157; junior, 87; senior, 75; graduates, 23;
law, 118; medical, 53; pharmacy, 30.
President Venable then read the list of letters and
telegrams received up to that hour from scattered
sons and friends—the birthday greetings sent back out
of loyalty and love to the University. The list in-
clude: Dr. Eben Alexander, Knoxville, Tenn. ; Supt.