augugtine’s 3K^ecorb Volume XLIII OCTOBEK-NOVEMBER, 1037 Xo. 1 ST. AUGUSTINE’S REPRESENTED AT INAUGURATIONS 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 College.” 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 darkness.” 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. TO OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY 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. OUR ENROLLMENT 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 countries. AT THE OPENING 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.” CANON BELL VISITS 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.