This evening the annual competition for the Boylston prizes in declamation occurs in Sanders Theatre, and judging from the ability of the speakers, and the nature of the selections, a very interesting contest may be expected. The reproach is often made against Harvard and other colleges that the art of public speaking so indispensable to the American citizen, is shamefully neglected; but the custom of holding prize declamations frees Harvard to a certain extent from this reproach. The competition is always close, while the interest taken by the students at large shows that the importance of this branch of education is greatly appreciated at Harvard. We feel confident that the audience at Sanders Theatre to-night will be a large one.
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