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Title: Report of Manuel Fetter on the Burning of the Belfry, August 8, 1856: Electronic Edition.
Author: Fetter, Manuel, d. 1889
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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2005-06-29, Amanda Page finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Report of Manuel Fetter on the Burning of the Belfry, August 8, 1856
Author: M. Fetter
Description: 3 pages, 3 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Report of Manuel Fetter on the Burning of the Belfry, August 8, 1856
Fetter, Manuel, d. 1889



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Report of M. Fetter , Officer in charge of College for the week beginning Augt. 8, 1856
According to a regulation of the Faculty, the Professors in turn are required to exercise an oversight over College for one week, & to spend there during the evening at least one hour, viz. from 9 to 10, in Summer & two hours, from 8 to 10, in Winter. In the discharge of this duty I repaired to College on Saturday evening the 9th of August. The regular 9 o'clock bell rang while I was on my way up. During the early part of the evening College had been pretty quiet, except that the Bell had been rung by some student or students about half past 8 & again about 5 minutes after. This irregular ringing of the bell did not seem to be accompanied with any noisy demonstrations on the part of the students. In passing through the Campus I did not see any person, until I approached the West Building , on the steps of which some 5 or 6 students were seated, engaged

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in quiet conversation. There were no signs of an attempted outbreak & no indications whatever calculated to excite suspicion of meditated mischief. Although a little more latitude is allowed on Saturday nights, yet the general order was as good as is usually the case. There was some violin playing in two or three rooms, but not of such a nature as to demand especial notice. There was no grouping or collecting of students in the Campus, such as generally precedes disorder & riot. By 10 O'Clock the sound of the violins had pretty well ceased & every thing seemed to promise a quiet night. Not deeming it necessary to remain longer, I left Prof. Brown's Room at a quarter past 10. I passed through the Campus & near the Belfry, & did not discover a single student, until I reached the North End of the East Building where I met a young man coming up the walk. I also saw another coming down from the steps of the same Building. These two individuals are the only persons I saw on my way from College on the night in question. I reached home 25 minutes

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past 10 & about this time the bell was rung aloud a half minute. About 5 minutes after it was rung again. Supposing that this was done by some students who had returned from the Village, & hearing no outcries at College, I concluded that there was no sympathy with the bell ringers & that it was not a case which demanded immediate action. From this time until 12 O'Clock I heard only one or two shouts, as of a single person, but nothing to excite my suspicions. I then retired & was astounded at hearing on Sunday morning that the Belfry had been burned to the ground. This account embraces only the circumstances that fell under my own observation. All the information that I have been able to obtain from other sources will be found in the accompanying Statements of Prof. Brown & Tutors J. B. Lucas & W. R. Wetmore ; & also the Statements of Mr. Benbury , of the Junior, & Mr. Carr of the Sophomore Class.