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The Rev. Eobert J. Johnson, ’06, rector of St. Mary’s
Church, Hot Springs, Ark., represented St. Augustine’s
College at tlie ceremonies marking tlie induction of
Dr. M. L. Harris as president of Philander Smith Col
lege, Little Rock, Ark.
Mr. Johnson writes, “The exercises were very im
pressive and were enjoyed by a large audience. It was a
pleasure to serve as a representative of St. Augustine s
The Rev. George F. Bragg, Jr., D.D., rector of St.
James’ Church, Baltimore, and venerable scholar and
Church historian, was personal representative for Presi
dent Goold at the recent inauguration of Dr. Dwight
0. W. Holmes as president of Morgan College. Dr.
Bragg in remarks addressed to Dr. Holmes said, in part.
“Because of the inability of the Rev. Edgar H. Goold,
president of St. Augustine’s College, to lend his per
sonal presence on this historic occasion, the delightful
privilege and honor have fallen upon me.
“Morgan College, as well as St. Augustine’s College,
came into existence ... in 1867. Both were inspired
through the spirit of Christian benevolence to ministei
to the greatest need of a grouj) of people just physically
emancipated but groping in intellectual and spiritual
Dr. Bragg went on to comment on the fact ^ that
I^ishop Atkinson, one of the founders of St. Augustine’s,
Was for many years rector of a church in Baltimore,
‘'iiid there had contact with St. James’ Church at the
^ime when it was the only church in the South with a
Kegro rector and vestry. This contact, he said, gave the
plan who was to be the Bishop of INorth Carolina
ing the years of the War and the Reconstruction tie
vision and inspiration for the opportunity opened to
him” in that position.
St. Augustine’s opened its sessions on _January 13,
1868, although the corporate life of the institution is
dated from the granting of the charter July 19, 1 •
This school year being the seventieth anniversaiy o
the opening of St. Augustine’s a celebration is being
planned for the thirteenth of January, “Anniversary
Day.” Arrangements are not complete, but it^ has been
dofinitely decided to have this date set aside for activi-
on the campus which will emphasize the illustrious
past of the institution and the promise of the tutiire.
history of St. Augustine’s is now in process of pnb i-
cation and should be ready for the many friends who
"'ill wish to purchase a copy before Anniversary ay.
4 History of St. Augustine’s -1867-1937 wil be a
•Complete chronicle of the first seventy years oi ^ ®
of the institution, and will represent the first eflort to
Sive the entire story of St. Augustine’s.
A sjiecial message to the alumni from Dn B ac man
^'elative to the observance of Anniversary Day ^vi e
Wild in the Alumni jSTews of this issue of the Kecobd.
The opening this year was marked by a larger en
rollment within the first few days of the term than
ever before, although in recent years the tendency of
the students to register promptly has been continually
growing. One of the largest freshman classes in recent
years was admitted, the total being ninety-three. The
total enrollment of the institution is about 300. The
roster of the student body reveals that St. Augustine’s
continues to spread her influence over an ever widening
territory. This year in the college, the high school, St.
Agnes Training School and Bishop Tuttle School the
following states and foreign countries are represented:
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Dela
ware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Mis
souri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Caro
lina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vir
ginia and the District of Columbia; Cuba, The Ba
hamas, Trinidad and the Virgin Islands. A little more
than half of the students come from places outside of
North Carolina, and of those from beyond the State
about half are from northern states and foreign
The seventy-first opening exercises brought a visit
and an inspiring address from the Chairman of our
Board of Trustees, Bishop Edwin A. Penick. Also bring
ing greetings were, the Rev. J. McDowell Dick, another
trustee, and rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd
of this city; the Rev. Harvey Cox, formerly of Raleigh,
and now rector of the Church of the Messiah, Mayodan,
and Rev. Othello D. Stanley, ’27, rector of St. Titus’
Church, Durham. Mr. Stanley, whose avocation, partly
learned while a student here, is fine woodworking, pre
sented a hymn board for the Chapel.
Dr._ Edson E. Blackman, president of the Alumni
Association and an alumni trustee, sent the following
telegram from Charlotte: “Kindly convey to the stu
dents and faculty the greetings of the Alumni Associa
tion, with the hope that the year just started will be
the best in the history of our Alma Mater.”
St. Augustine’s enjoyed in October an extended visit
from the Rev. Bernard Iddings Bell, D.D., Honorary
Canon of St. John’s Cathedral in Providence, R. I. and
former warden of St. Stephen’s College. Dr. Bell in
ternationally distinguished as preachor, writer ’and
educator, delivered a series of lectures here, and con
ducted a meditation for the entire student body. He
showed an intense interest in the academic and other
phases of the work of the institution, and made many
personal contacts with students and members of the
staff during his stay of nearly a week. The presence of
Dr. Bell was helpful and stimulating intellectually and
spiritually. Echoes of his visit will be heard for a long
time to come. We hope that we impressed him some
what as favorably as he impressed us.

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