Since its foundation Emory College has had many hardships to face and many
obstacles to overcome. Four wars have been waged during the life of the College
and Emory men were in the forefront of each from its very beginning. During the
Civil War the College supported her beloved South whole-heartedly, giving her
buildings to he used as hospitals, and her sons to serve in the army. Due to the
greatly depleted student body and disturbed state of affairs College activities were
almost entirely done away with, but the spirit of the institution survived these
trials without a blemish. The Mexican and Spanish wars did not strike the College
so badly, though she answered loyally to each call.
At last, after years of steady growth, the idea of the University of the South
was conceived, and Emory University was founded. Just as the plans were begin¬
ning to be carried out the great World War commenced, but despite all adverse con¬
ditions the University has continued in her steady progress.
Emory has at all times been a place of training for world leaders. She has
sent forth ministers and missionaries who are spreading Christianity in all parts
of the earth. From her halls have come numerous educators, legislators and jurists,
who have brought honor to her name. Her brave sons have also won undying glory
on the field of battle. The activity most interesting to the }rounger generation is
athletics. Emory has had many able athletes, though she has always stood against
intercollegiate athletics, but unless some better form of athletic competition is
developed, she will, in time, carry away her honors here as elsewhere.
Emory has at all times been a leader among the colleges of the South, but
when she moves to Atlanta this fall she will enter upon the brightest part of her
history. Starting as a small school, she has progressed to such an extent that her
influence which, at first, was confined to the State, spread rapidly throughout the
South, and by the time she reaches her full stride, will be of national importance.
P. G. Blitch