A more suitable or lovely location for Emory College could hardly have been found. As
the little college town was named for the great University across the sea, so was it also
patterned. The long shady streets, bordered with the massive remains of a once forest
primeval, and lined with natural lawns and quaint old homes, differ but little from those
of the older college town, save possibly with the exchange of oaks for elms, and youth for age.
Shut in from the noise and clamor of the outer world, with a picturesque little horse car
as the sole connecting link to the outside, the little town forms a retreat most conductive
to study, and becomes in truth a veritable little world within itself. Here, although inter¬
collegiate athletics are prohibited, all kinds of sports and games are enjoyed. Class meets
class in football and baseball. Tennis tournaments, trophy cups, races, trackmeets, all
are here lost and won, with all the excitement, all the enthusiasm, incidental to greater
and more formal 'varsity contests.
Few and Phi Gamma Literary Societies have trained speakers and produced orators
almost from the beginning of the college itself. With a joint membership of a large per
cent, of the four hundred students enrolled, they have acquired much success, and are in
an excellent condition. During the last twenty-two years they have jointly published
The Emory Phoenix, a monthly familiar to most college exchange tables.
The social life at Emory is indeed ideal. Too small for the forming of aristocratic
factions and circles, yet large enough to be recognized as a strong college, and to afford the
privileges as such, Emory offers to boys in all stations the opportunity of enjoying true
college life upon an equal footing.
The following fraternities have chapters at Emory: Chi Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Kappa
Alpha, Alpha Tan Omega, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Tan Delta, Sigma Nu. Tn addition
to these the Theta Nu Epsilon Social Club has a strong chapter. The D. V. S., a local
senior society, and the Pendragons, an honor society, are two important organizations.
Possibly one of the most interesting places on the Emory Campus is the old Confederate
Cemetery just back of the college chapel. It was early in the struggle of the sixties that
Emory closed her doors for her students to become soldiers. The times were too exciting
for the cry of war not to be heard even in this quiet retreat, and the students responded,
many of them not even returning first to their homes to say goodbye to loved ones.
As the strife grew fiercer and the list of wounded increased, building after building threw
open her doors, until the whole college was converted into an improvised hospital.
Many were the souls which left their mortal clay in the old college buildings, to be buried
in this little corner of the campus, and tradition tells of the blood stains that are still to
be seen on some of the floors.
Such are the memories, such the traditions which surround and inspire the Emory student.
The student is far more fortunate than of fifty years ago. Each year has added something
to the college in addition to wealth and power. Something to be studied and learned.
Traditions and legends of a college have an inspiration and incentive peculiarly their own,
and are not to be dispised. But besides the new, the old beauties, the old legends, the old
traditions still live and play their part in the Emory student's life, and each year as the
college continues to send out younger and fresher men to join the ranks of her ever in¬
creasing alumni, who knows but what there may be among them, another Young J. Allen
yet unknown, or another L. Q. C. Lamar yet to bring honor to her name.