1888-1889

The Standard (Concord, NC), June 7, 1889, p. 2.

COMMENCEMENTS
NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE
AND
MT. PLEASANT FEMALE SEMINARY
Complete Account of the Exercises

The Town – Some Points in the History of the Institutions – The Buildings – The Good Work Done – Bright Prospects – The Exercises & C.

North Carolina College and Mt. Pleasant Female Seminary were attractive places during the past week. The twenty-fourth annual commencement of the College proved to be worthy of a place alongside of those in the past – entertaining beneficial and productive of great good. The hospitality of the citizens, the marked attention to strangers the hearty welcome given to old students, the greeting accorded to friends of the institutions, and the general joining-in for pleasure and profit were characteristic of those good people of Eastern Cabarrus.

SUNDAY MORNING.

At 11 o’clock Sunday morning the students of both institutions friends, relatives and visitors assembled in the Lutheran church, where the baccalaureate sermon was delivered to the graduating classes by Rev. Prof. J. G. Schaid president of the college. The scholarly gentleman took for his text the 9th verse of the 119th Psalm: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” The speaker, in his characteristic, earnest manner, spoke in clear unmistakable words. The discourse was full of wholesome advice words of encouragement and gems of truth for the young people, who were about to quit the preparatory sphere for the real active scenes in the performance of life’s duties. the discourse while specially for the young ladies and gentlemen, was applicable in a great measure to the large congregation present. Our space will not permit us to give an outline of this most highly complimented sermon.

MONDAY EVENING.

Like the majority of the colleges and our own University, North Carolina Cllege has a preparatory department fr the better preparation for the higher course and to meet a growing demand for a thorough and practical English education. The representatives of this department gave their entertainment on the college grounds Monday evening. Several members f a higher class assisted. The following is the program as rendered:

Greek Salutatory -“Scatteration” – J. L. Rendleman.
“Death – The Gate of Life” – J. A. Graham.
“The Indian” – C. B. Cox.
“Intemperance” – Walter Cook.
“Supposed Speech of James Otis” – C. A. Eddleman.
“Tribute to Washington” – Deberry Fisher.
“Land of Tar” – R. L. Patterson.
“Farmyard Boy” – J. L. Rendleman.
“How Ben Purtle Lost His Wife” – J. D. Ketchie.
“Backbiting” – R. L. Patterson.
“Western Carolina” – T. A. Ludwig.
German Declamation – H. N. Miller.
Latin Valedictory – “Botheration” – C. B. Cox.

That these young men acted well their parts is a general remark. Space will not admit of comment from your correspondent, but the “Greek Salutatory,” “Latin Valedictory,” “German Declamation” and “Farmyard Boy” were spoken in such an effective manner that they “brought down the house.” Several declamations during the exercises would have done credit t older and more experienced declaimers. Indeed, the speaking was unusually good.

TUESDAY NIGHT.

Notwithstanding the threatening clouds during the evening, and heavy rain thirty minutes before the hour of beginning the exercises, a large and intelligent audience assembled in the Lutheran church to hear the contest for the declaimer’s medal between six young gentlemen. After prayer by the president the following programme was carried out:

J. L. D. Barringer – Subject: “Respect the Foundation of National Government.”
W. J. Boger – Subject: “America Her Glory and Her Shame.”
M. A. Boger – Subject: “Lost Thoughts.”
C. B. Cox – Subject: “David’s Lament for Absalom.”
J. R. Faggart – Subject: Spartacus to the Envoy of Rome.”
T. L File – Subject: “The National Flag.”

The young men acquitted themselves in such a manner as to render it a difficulty for any committee to decide as to the successful one in the context. Every one, showing splendid training and care as pertains to the different points effecting the delivery, made his speech his own sentiments – a feature so often lacking in declamations. The committee’s decision and awarding of medal will be announced further on. But one can receive the medal, but none failed in receiving from his best friends a floral congratulation, which, perhaps, is enough glory for the gallant and enterntaining young speakers.

JUNIOR ORATIONS.

Your correspondent has yet to hear orations from young men that were better written and containing more sensible and entertaining food for thought than those delivered by representatives of the Junior Class. They were really of a high order, and the young men show in the presentation of their speeches that they have given much thought to the affairs and duties of life upon which they in a few more months will enter.

The lessons for real life are too often eliminated from a college course and theoretical teaching alone prevents the opportunity of going outside of a student’s life in applying facts, truths and theories to the actual conditions of church society and State.

But two Juniors delivered orations. The first, John M. Cook, in a spirited, enthusiastic and earnest manner spoke for twenty-five minutes on “Democracy.” From your correspondent’s way of thinking and believing, this young man’s heart is politically right having delivered himself in quite a pointed way in reference to the awful scenes and acts of the days of reconstruction and the frauds committed during the last election and the ungodly use of boodle in influencing voters.

The next representative, B. H. W. Runge, in a most impressive manner, and feeling what he said, delivered a well written oration on “Discontent.” this oration contains many hard facts written and spoken in a bold and emphatic spirit. Your correspondent has spoken for thise two orations for publication in The Standard.

WEDNESDAY MORNING.

The rains that came down in almost torrents failed to keep back the large and intelligent audience that assembled in the church to witness the contest for orator’s medal. This contest was held by four young men of the Sophomore class. They are as follows”

H. N. Miller – Subject: “True Religion.”
W. N. Misenheimer – Subject: “Human Responsibilities.”
R. L. Patterson – Subject: “The Curse of Ambition.”
R. L. Bame – Subject: “The Reformation – A Benefit to Man.”

The speeches were well received. The first speaker made some nice “cuts” at the possessors of the various religious other than the true. He very emphatically asserted that the world was imposed upon by startling hypocrisy, and that the “Church was not free from the long-faced Pharisee,” who is an impediment to the growth of the institutions of the church.

In a graceful and deliberate manner W. N. Misenheimer claimed that the female part of humanity had resting upon them greater and more important responsibilities. He addressed the ladies in the following words: “Ladies, your responsibilities are great; you hold the strongest power in shaping the condition of society for the future, and you can effect more reformations than any other power known to man.”

“The Curse of Ambition” was admirably written and delivered in a graceful manner. The pictures as Mr. Patterson drew, with unholy ambition in the centre, were beautiful and almost life-like, His is a most happy delivery, and, though young, Mr. P. has won the warmest compliments of friends.

R. L. Bame shows great faith in the Reformation; he reviewed the practices and customs of the Catholic church prior to the Reformation, and held up in an interesting manner the grand results in securing to the people the privilege of free speech, free press, and the right to worship according to the dictates of conscience.

Rev. Dr. Rothrock, the venerable Lutheran minister of the Synod, and Rev. Gantt, of the Methodist church, opened and closed the exercises with prayer.

The result of the contest will be announced further on.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

To accommodate the usual large crowd that attends the annual concert given by the music of Mt. Pleasant Female Seminary Prof. Linn had seats constructed on the grounds of the Seminary for the comfort of those who attended. The stage presented a rustic scene beautifully and tastefully arranged and just at the back on canvass in large letters were these words: “The Flower Queen.” Amid the shrubbery, the trees the vines and the flowers a large chair was constructed, adorned with wreathes of flowers; this chair was for the Queen.

To give every feature and describe each part in the presentation of the beautiful Cantata, “The Flower Queen,” another pen would be needed and much space. The entertainment by the music class, whose instruction and preparation have been under the supervision of the accomplished and efficient teacher, Miss Grace Henderlite, of Marion, Va., is unanimously voted a perfect success. Prof. Linn, his pupils and his patrons congratulate themselves in having the services of such an accomplished teacher.

The little girls assisting in the Cantata were Winona Blackwelder, Sallie Fisher, Mamie Lefler, Anna Peacock, Agnes and Winona Cook, Grace Heilig, Mollie Suther, Ida Barringer, Maude Lefler, Maggie and Lucile Linn.

The young ladies who so creditably and sweetly sang their parts were: Misses Amanda Winecoff, Janie Winecoff, Ida Burleyson, Electa Furr, Dora Barringer Nellie Bangle, Callie White, Genolia Miller, Belle Moser Leila Cook, Jennie and Leah Blackwelder, Sallie Fisher, Lillie Miller, Maggie C. Barrier, Mabel Barrier, Ida Weddington and Dora Thayer. Miss Mamie Gantt played the accompaniment throughout the cantata in such a way as to merit the compliments of many. Miss Lelia Cook was selected and crowned “Queen of Flowers,” and right modestly and gracefully did she wear the honors of the hour. Though she be made queen yet all were fair enough to be crowned notwithstanding the fact each one already was the queen of beauty loveliness and value in sight of some special one.

Thus closed another annual concert by the music class of the Seminary and all left loud in praise of the pleasure afforded and the grace with which every one rendered her part.

THURSDAY MORNING.

At 10:30 commencement services began; prayer by Rev. R. H. Cline. The following is the program:

Salutatory and Address – “Modern Socialism” – J. A. Blackwelder.
Address – “Taxation” – S. B. Nunamaker
Address and Valedictory – “The Bible in the Common Schools” – J. H. Dreher.

The following young ladies of the Seminary read their graduating essays:

“Voices from Nature” – Miss Leah Blackwelder.
“Beyond the Alps Lies Italy” – Miss Sallie E. Fisher.

Mr. Blackwelder, in his address, presented advanced ideas. he reviewed the existing troubles in the labor and capital world. Unfortunate for all, time did not admit of a thorough ventilation of the different phases of the question that is exciting so many men, leading them to careful study and investigation into the causes of the unsettled condition of labor and capital. The address was well received.

“Taxation” Mr. Nunamaker showed to be an obligation that every citizen owed to his country. He referred to the fact that political economists are not satisfied with te regulations that govern taxation. The people in ordinary circumstances, and especially the agriculturists, had the bulk of taxation to bear, while hundreds of bondholders using the means of protection and encouragement more than any others went untaxed. The speaker thinks that reforms are inevitable, and that a better system of taxation must be substituted.

Mr. J. H. Dreher, in his address, brought to light the objections to the use of the Bible in our public schools. Every citizen said he, has the burdens to bear that his country imposes upon him and meets his obligations in the support of the public schools, then should he be forced to accept a condition which was contrary to his own faith?

Mr. Dreher’s address, like the others, contains food for thought. They were practical subjects, and the young men showed considerable ability in treating them. Your correspondent regrets that time will not permit him to comment further and give your readers a fuller account of the addresses.

The young men go out into the world with exceeding bright prospects before them. They certainly have a liberal and full collegiate education, good health, and show by their manner that they are blessed with a sufficient amount of energy and application, Mr. Dreher has the ministry in view; Mr. Blackwelder will at once begin reading medicine, and Mr. Nunamaker will study pharmacy. May these young men have the success that they so richly deserve.

Misses Blackwelder and Fisher, in presenting their graduating essays, did themselves credit. The essays were well prepared and were read in a graceful and pleasing manner. Beautiful gems of truth and thought, that were visible throughout the productions, pleased many a listening ear. These young ladies, we are informed, will join our teaching force, and we may expect splendid services and aid in the cause of education. May they succeed; may the choicest blessings attend them, and may their lives be a source of joy, peace, comfort and aid to others.

Prof. Linn, at the close of the graduating exercises, presented to the ladies diplomas accompanying them with strong faith that they will be honored, as the possessors have honored themselves in gaining the highest honor within the gift of the trustees of the Seminary.

Rev. G. H. Cox then presented the declaimer’s medal to W. J. Boger, the successful contestant in the declaimer’s contest, the committee giving to Deberry Barringer “honorable mention.” The medals are of beautiful designs, and the successful young men may well feel proud of their success. H. N. Miller received in the oratorical contest the distinction of honorable mention.

The Ladies of the Seminary, full of gratitude like the true ladies they are, presented to several college gentlemen the loveliest collection of flowers hat could be had in recognition of their kindness in assisting in the preparation of this annual concert.

Prof. Schaid then presented to the young men their diplomas and conferred upon each the degree of A. B.

Thus ended the 24th annual commencement of North Carolina College. The event has been an enjoyable and profitable one. Long may both institutions prosper in their good work. the greatest blessing that Mt. Pleasant enjoys is these two institutions.

The Mt. Pleasant Cornet band was on hand dispensing their splendid music to the pleasure and entertainment of all.

NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE.

In 1853, Western Carolina Academy was started in Mt. Pleasant, by Rev. William Gerheardt, assisted by John D. Scheck, C. Melchor, M. Barrier, S. Rothrock, John Shimpock, Joseph A. Linn, C. A. Heilig Daniel Barrier and L. G. Heilig. Of these nobel men all are dead except Col. Shimpock and Dr. S. Rothrock.

In 1859 the institution was chartered as a college, with Rev. Dr. Bittle as first president. Soon after the charter was granted, friends of the institution at once set about to raise funds for an endowment. Their labors were crowned with success, having raised $20,000 which was invested in State bonds. This amount together with an addition of $10,000 with interest on both, has been a total loss. The college, after the war struggling, as most institutions had to do, could get nothing from the State, and even today the matter stands as it did.

While struggling for existence and overcoming obstacle after obstacle the institution has in a modest way been doing for htis county the State south of us, South Carolina, and many other parts, a work, the good of which cannot be easily estimated. While her alumni are composed of no great number, the young men who have been prepared for usefulness her cannot be numbered. Her work stands the equal to that of any other college.

As in the past, in her behalf for her and her future prosperity, a noble generous and intelligent Board is laboring to sustain her better and increase her means for greater usefulness.

The building have cost in all $40,000, and in point of comfort and room, &c., are all that could be desired.

THE SEMINARY.

This institution, like the College, has done a work of incalculable value. It is now in a more prosperous condition than at any time during the last ten years. Rev. Prof. Linn, with his competent and efficient corps of teachers, has placed this institution upon a healthy and prosperous basis. Preparations are making to enlarge the building to meet the demands. In this institution work of superior character is being done the effects of which have gone out far and wide.

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From Our Church Paper (New Market, VA), Vol. 17, No. 24, June 12, 1889, p. 2.

Commencement at Mt. Pleasant.

Last week the annual commencements at N. C. College and Mt. Pleasant Female Seminary were held.

On Sunday Rev. Prof. J. G. Schaid delivered the baccalaureate sermon.

Text: Psalm 19, 9: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way ? By taking heed thereto according to Thy Word.”

Among other things he said: We call this sermon ” Baccalaureate,” because it was an ancient custom to crown victors with wreaths of bay. The rich, deep green of the leaf and the charming glow of the berry were intended to show forth the strength exercised in gaining the prize and also the value of that prize.

I. The young man is the subject of the text. Youth is a very important period, a period of great responsibility. God’s Word gives proof of it; the devil exerts himself specially to entrap the young. We all are very solicitous for you; will you be thoughtless ?

The principles hero treated are of great value to us all, of whatever age.

II. Our second point is the Way. This may lead through the slums and morasses of vice, ending in the dark abyss of hell, or along the straight, level, and solid highway of righteousness and true holiness, the Sun of God’s pleasure shining thereon, His grace and love affording grateful shade, and its end in the glory before His throne. Which is the pleasanter to contemplate. Youth is the time of greatest danger to turn the wrong way. Now a little sober good sense—taking advice—pays best.

Therefore, Keep your way clean. Of what ? All sin may lie reduced, probably, to one—the Lie. Certainly every sin is more or less mixed up with the lie. Here are a few lies by which the devil fries to mislead us:

1. “The world owes me a living?

This world belongs to God; He owes you nothing; but you owe Him everything, yourself, and everything about you. That is the true way to look at this matter.

2. ” I can do as I please!”

Nobody can do as lie pleases. “Please” is mostly wrong. Paul says: Even Christ pleased not Himself! Instead of the “please” God has given us His Word, and made “I ought” the dictum of conscience.

3. ” Unbelief proves a great mind!”

The Agnostic imagines himself extra wise. Unbelief is doubt; doubt is from “double;” double or doubt means, I am uncertain as to what is what! So here comes our great Wise Man, and says: I am the great Embodiment of Mental Power, because I do not know what is what!

What does Paul say? “I Know in Whom I have believed!”

4. A fourth lie is: “I will enjoy myself now, and turn to God after a while!” As if there were no enjoyment in being a child of God! As much as to say: I know I now have all my faculties and powers at their highest and best; they are all God given, belong to Hin. But I will pour them out as an offering to tho devil while seeking only my own pleasure, and give to Jesus what may be left. He died to purchase my salvation !”

I have not words to characterize such baseness, and if I had they would not be fit for this place.

5. A fifth lie is, that “wild oats,” etc., can be sown without being compelled to reap them. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall lie reap.” And not only so, but “he that soweth the wind shall reap the whirlwind,”

6. A sixth way of misleading souls is to misapply the truth, that the Just shall live by Faith. The right faith brings forth the right life. “Faith without works is dead.” Just as works without true heart faith are vain.

“Have we not in Thy name cast out devils? Done many wonderful works?” and Jesus answers: I never knew you!

III. How is our way to be cleansed? By taking heed according to God’s Word. Especially by forming man and life according to the Incarnate Word, the Logos; Jesus Christ Himself formed in us. The Bible must not be treated as a book of laws or rules (Matt. 15; 6), but the man must be renewed in heart, ” Christ formed in you” (Gal. 4: 19) “by faith” (Eph. 3,17,) and then the way will be clean indeed.

IV. Who is to cleanse your way? You yourself, by the spirit and grace of God. You yourself must be renewed. Depend not on pastor or parents to believe for you. The idea of a young man in his fullness of strength, depending on others! God gives you everything, His Son, His Spirit; then ask not some one else to cleanse your way.

The appeal is to your Reason, strong, and enlightened ; to your Will, renewed, enlightened, and strengthened from above.

On Monday night, the Academic exercises, consisting of declamations,were held on the College grounds. The speeches were well delivered, some of the young speakers displaying oratorical talent of more than ordinary degree. The declaimants were, J. L. Rendleman, C. B. Cox, Walter Cook, T. A. Ludwig, C. A. Eddleman, R. L. Patterson, Deberry Fisher, H. N. Miller, J. D. Ketchie, and J. A. Graham.

On Tuesday night in the Church the declaimers held their contest for medal, and the juniors delivered their orations. The contestants for the medal were J. L. D. Barringer, W. J. Boyer, C. A. Boycr, C. B. Cox, J. R. Faggart, and T. L. File, as was to have been expected the declaiming was of a high order of merit, the speeches and addresses having been selected and prepared with a view to making the best impression on the minds of the awarding committee.

The committee awarded the medal to W. J. Boyer with J. L. D. Barringer as second and deserving special mention.

The Junior orators were J. M. Cook, subject, “Democracy,” and H. W. D. Runge, subject, ” Discontent.” The young men had excellent addresses. The composition showed careful thought and arrangement. The expression was good.

Wednesday morning 10o’clock, was the appointed time for holding contest for the orator’s medal.

The contestants were H. N. Miller, subject, “True Religion,” W. N. Misenheimer, subject, “Human Responsibilities,” R. L. Patterson, subject, ” The Curse of Ambition,” R. L. Bame, subject,” The Reformation a Benefit to Man.” The committee awarded the medal to R. L. Patterson, with H. N. Miller second. Comment upon the addresses and the manner in which they were delivered would be superfluous. It is enough to say that both were of a high standard of excellence. Hon. L. S. Overman, who had consented to deliver the Literary address, could not attend owing to sickness in his family. This was a matter of regret to all, for Mr. Overman would have given a fine address.

Wednesday night the young ladies of the Seminary gave their Annual Concert at the Seminary building. The exercises consisted in the presentation of the ” Cantata” of the “Flower Queen.” The parts were well rendered, and the little girls and young ladies showed that they had been well trained. Miss Grace Henderlite their teacher deserves much credit for the high degree of excellence to which she has brought her pupils.

Thursday was commencement day proper. The graduating exercises of the two schools were held conjointly, there being two in the class of Seminary and three in the class of College. The graduating exercises were conducted in the following order, J. B. Blackwelder, Salutatory, and address, subject. “Modern Socialism,” Miss Leah A. Blackwelder, essay, subject, ” Voices of Nature.”

B. S. Nunamaker, address, subject, “Taxation” Miss Sallie E. Fisher, essay, subject, “Beyond the Alps Lies Italy.”

J. H. Drehcr, address, subject, “The Bible and the Public School,” and Valedictory.

The addresses and essays were of a high order of excellence, possessing many thoughts well expressed. The young gentlemen as speakers and the young ladies as readers did themselves much credit by their pleasant and forcible delivery. The exercises received many praises from those who were in attendance.

Alter the essays and addresses were concluded, Rev. Geo. Cox, in a few and well chosen remarks, presented the declaimer’s medal.

He also presented for the young ladies of Seminary a very handsome bouquet of flowers, to Messrs. Runge, Graham, Miller and Patterson, of the College, for aiding in preparing the decorations for the concert on Wednesday night. Prof. Linn of Seminary then presented the graduates Misses Blackwelder and Fisher with their diplomas. He was followed by President Schaid who awarded diplomas to the graduates Messrs. Blackwelder, Nunamaker,and Dreher of the College, conferring the degree A. B. on them.

Alter which he gave a short talk to the audience in behalf of the College, announcing that the next session would begin the first Monday in September.

The exercises were opened with prayer on each day. Among the ministers present were Rev. Dr. S. Rothrock, Revs. Brown, Klein, Cox, Hedrick, Gantt, Barringer, Keller, and there may have been others whose names do not occur now to your correspondent. The Mt. Pleasant Band furnished excellent music during all the exercises and added much to the pleasure of the occasion.

The attendance on the part of the people was large, notwithstanding the fact that this is a very busy season with our people. The schools during the year just ended have been reasonably prosperous. The trustees have decided to put more teachers in the College, thereby adding to the inducements for increased favor and patronage.

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