The committee on arrangements for the Harvard-Yale debate has practically completed its work and the work is well done. There has been some criticism of the plan of charging an admission fee, but all such criticism seems to us absurd. It has been claimed that people will not go to the debate if they have to pay an admission fee. To this we can only say that if it is true, things have come to a sad pass. Ten dollars is not too much to pay for a football contest, and it is ridiculous to suppose that people will be unwilling to pay twenty-five cents for the more serious contest in argument. In the choice of judges excellent wisdom has been shown and the character of the men chosen is a high tribute to the cause of intercollegiate contests of this type. The speakers on both sides are working very hard and the debate promises to be exceedingly close and exciting. The students ought to take as much interest in this affair and to feel as much pride in it as they do in athletics, for slowly but surely just recognition is being given to matches of brain against brain, and these debates are becoming important occasions in college life.
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