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down and started wrestling on top of the
One yelled that he was going to throw the
other off the wagon.
They looked at each other. Then they
burst out laughing.
There are several accounts of their
fighting, their first scrap coming when they
were eight years old. They were jailed once in
Athens, Ala. when a brawl broke out during
one of their shows. And in Philadelphia,
Chang received an arrest warrant. But the
magistrate couldn't jail him, because he '
could not arrest Eng.
The twins also sported a sense of humor.
They once boarded a train, dressed to
conceal their connection, and held only one
ticket. When the conductor asked Eng to
leave the train, Chang protested.
The twins started a long argument with a
baffled conductor. When the twins finally
revealed who they were the whole train
broke into laughter.
They remained on the train.
Once a hostess, anxious to please, asked if
the twins wanted separate beds.
Of course they did.
These internationally known personalities
came to Wilkes County in 1838. A friend
who lived there persuaded them to spend the
winter with him. By spring 1839, the twins
were running a store. They quickly quit that
and began wood chopping. By the end of the
year, they had bought 1 10 acres of land and
were building a house.
Why did the twins settle in North
Carolina? Perhaps for its isolation.
Transportation in rural North Carolina
consisted of a horse and buggy. The nearest
telegraph and railroad was in
Greensborough, a day's ride away.
The twins were also tired of traveling.
They had joined P.T. Barnum for a time but
disliked him. They soon quit and that
experience did not help their attitude
But part of the reason for settling in North
Carolina was their attraction to the scenic
beauty of the area.
"They always called it the garden spot of
the world," said Mrs. Etta Brown, who today
lives in the two-story, shite-frame house that
the twins built in Traphill. The land is hilly
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and good for timber. The area offers good
hunting and fishing. Its scenic beauty is
attested to by the presence of Stone
Mountain State Park, one of the state's
largest parks, located just a few miles from
the twins former home.
The people of the community apparently
accepted the twins as men, and left them
alone, something Chang and Eng did not
find everywhere. It is said that the twins
possessed an almost magnetic charm and
had perfect manners.
The twins also found a charm in the people
of the area. In a letter Kay Hunter quotes in
her book, Duet for a Lifetime, the twins
write about Traphill: "We have wood and
water in abundance and our neighbors are all
on an equality, and none are very rich
people live comfortably, but each man tills
his own soil."
Chang and Eng were connected by a band
of flesh five and one-half inches long located
at the base of their sternum. The band was
hard on the top and back, soft on the front
and bottom. They could stretch the band to
where they could stand side by side, though
they often put their arms around each other
for comfort. An autopsy upon their deaths
revealed one artery in the middle of the band,
but doctors did not know what, if anything,
flowed through the artery between the twins.
The band was strong. Men could tie a rope
around the band and pull, and the twins
would feel no pain. When one twin would
stumble, the other could hold him up by the
Once, one twin was tickled and the other
They met their first European in 1824.
Europeans had been barred from Siam for
200 years. One of the first to re-enter the
country was Robert Hunter, a British
merchant. Hunter saw the boys swimming
and at first thought they were a two-headed
fish. He later became a close friend to the
boys and stayed in Siam five years seeking
governmental and maternal permission to
take the boys to England.
When Hunter, Chang and Eng left Siam in
1829, the twins promised their mother that
they would return after two and one-half
years. They never returned.
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8. Deep Jonah, in the Union basement, sells hot cider, coffee, and tea, with
brownbagging permitted. There is no cover charge.
'Equus' stage seats available
Equus, the Tony Award winning drama, will offer theatergoers a uniqut
experience when it begins its run at the Playmakers Theatre tonight. Certain
members of the audience join the actors on stage, as if sitting in judgment at the
Equus is a play in which an exorcism takes place, not in a bizarre satanical
sense, but in a purely clinical sense. A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart (Michael
Lipton), must purge the mind of a young boy, Alan Strang (Andrew Davis),
which is flooded with images of horses, Christ, sex, flagellation and mutilation.
The play also involves the ritual of the ancient Greeks and Romans, catharsis.
Both of these perspectives justify the unique staging of Peter Shaffer's play.
People are seated on stage to observe the treatment of a patient, similar to the
way in which interns observe a surgeon in an operating theater. Like the ancient
Greeks and Romans, the audience becomes a spectator, watching the gladiators
fight for their lives. The horses become the tragic Greek chorus in the execution
of this ritual.
For PRC's production of Equus there are 30 seats in the gallery surrounding
the acting area. During the show's three-year Broadway run, the stage seats were
offered almost exclusively to students. PRC is continuing this practice by pricing
reserved stage seats at $3.50. The lower price makes a trip to the theater easier on
the student budget and gives the student a different angle on a theatrical
Stage seats are available now at the box office in Graham Memorial. Equus
runs Tuesday through Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons, through Oct.
30, with additional performances Sunday evening, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct.
26 at 2 p.m. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 933-1 121.
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all graded work that the Honor Code is in
effect, requiring students to sign a pledge on
all written work and to sit in alternate seats
when possible, and to avoid reuse of exams.
Student responsibilities under the new
plan include: to conduct all academic work
"within the letter and spirit of the Honor
Code," to clarify the meaning of plagiarism
by consulting with faculty and other sources,
to sign a pledge to all graded academic work,
to comply with faculty regulations on seating
during exams and to cooperate with the
Office of the Student Attorney General.
Students also are asked to refrain from
divulging information about the contents of
an exam to another student yet to take the
same exam and to "report any instance in
which reasonable grounds exist to believe
that a student has given or received
unauthorized aid, "although failure to do so
would no longer constitute an Honor Code
Members of EPC also expressed concern
over the changes in the sanctions or penalties
for Honor Code offenses. The proposal
makes suspension "the normative sanction
for academically related violations of the
Honor Code," with the only other option
open to the courts being probation.
"I'm concerned that there is not anything
between probation and suspension," said
Associate Prof. M. Richard Cramer, a
member of EPC.
The proposals also lengthen the minimum
time of indefinite sanctions of probationand
suspension. At present, indefinite sanctions
last for the duration of the semester in which
the sanction is imposed, and the student
must appear before the court to be reinstated
in the University.
The proposed changes would lengthen the
minimum time of indefinite sanctions to one
full semester beyond the semester in which
the sanction is imposed.
Definite probation will continue to last
through the semester in which the sanction is
drops, but what are frivolous drops as compared
to students dropping courses out of panic before
the four-week period ends," Eloise Grathwohl
said. "At the beginning of a course, a student
sometimes can't judge the work load."
Senior Cynthia Levine said many students are
forced by the four-week period to drop courses
they could later find beneficial.
"At the beginning of a course, some material
seems alien to the student and they drop the
course before they have the chance to see if it
might sink in later," Levine said.
"Courses differ and it is ridiculous to force
professors to give tests during the first three weeks
of class," she said.
David Hackleman, CGC District 11
representative, said students taking courses in
English and journalism found it more difficult to
determine their performances in class.
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imposed. Students under definite probation
are not required to come before the court to
A student on probation is barred from
participating in any extracurricular
activities, but may continue his membership
in a sorority or fraternity. However, a
student on probation" may no longer be
selected in campus honoraries during the
time of his probation.
The report states that the committee
believes thst it is "inconsistent with the
Honor System" to allow a student on
disciplinary probation to be eligible for
selection to a campus honor society.
According to the Instrument of Student
Judicial Governance, suspension "severs the
relationship of the student end the
University under conditions which permit
and anticipate the student's return to the
University." A suspended student may not
attend classes, live in University Housing or
participate in any activities of the school as
long as he is suspended.
In addition to the disciplinary sanctions, a
student convicted of a grade-related offense
also will receive an automatic "F" in the
course. A student placed on probation also
may have any or all of the following
imposed: loss of automobile privileges,
restriction from attendance at sporting and
entertainment events at the University,
exclusion from University housing,
prohibition from practice in organized
groups or activities, loss of campus voting
privileges, official notice that further offense
will result in suspension, and a fine in non
academic cases, not to exceed $50.
The proposals also create the position of
Honor Code Counselor, who would hold
mandatory regular conferences with
students on definite or indefinite probation
to assure compliance of' a student's
probation terms, and the provision of
"recommendations to the courts concerning
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"These courses are designed for the student to
do failing work at first," he said. "But students
improve over a period of time after they learn
Hackleman suggested keeping the four-week
drop period but shifting it later in the semester.
"The four-week drop period could be shifted to
begin after the first two weeks of class," he said.
"After all, most students don't need to drop
courses during the first two weeks of class."
Student Body President Bill Moss said he
thought Faculty Council members would go in the
meeting with open minds and base their decisions
on the arguments they found the most persuasive.
"Many faculty members don't want to look like
they don't accept the view of the Educational
Policy Committee, but at the same time they don't
want to appear to be a rubber-stamp council for
committee work," Moss said.
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