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When Ouachita Baptist was founded in 1886, only thirty-one of the seventy national fraternities of today were in operation. None of these thirty-one had seen fit to install a chapter in Arkansas.

In many colleges a different type of society had developed, the literary society. Some were secret and some were not. Their object was training and rill in composition and oratory. Their exercises consisted of debates, orations, essays, and the reading and discussion of papers on literary subjects.

Ouachita had two such societies for men by 1888, the Philomathean Literary Society and the Hermesian Literary Society.



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