Civil Service Reform Club.
L. A. FROTHINGHAM,ARTHUR P. STONE,HERBERT SCHURZ.Harvard Union.The members of the Harvard Union, the better to prepare their speakers for debate, are in favor of holding debates with other societies than simply the Yale Union. Yet these other debates would be considered only as preparatory and would be held principally for the sake of the practice afforded. It is not probable that such debates would be decided, - they would rather be friendly contests. Another point of difference will be that, while the competition for speakers in the Yale debates is open to all members of the University, in these more unimportant debates only members of the Union may speak.
Two such debates are already being planned. The Trinity Club in Boston, a club composed chiefly of young business men associated with Trinity Church, has proposed a debate, and the Union has agreed to the proposition. The debate will probably be held sometime in January. A. W. White Sp. and C. E. Bryan '96 are a committee to make arrangements.
The debating society of Boston University have also proposed a debate. Boston University having a large number of women enrolled, desires that at least one place in the debate be taken by a woman. On this point there is not unanimity of opinion in the joint committee from the two societies, but a meeting of this committee will be held on Monday, when it is hoped to reach an agreement. This debate, if arranged, would probably be held in Sever 11. No definite time has been proposed.
Of a different character from these debates, is the challenge received by the Union from the debating societies at Princeton. No one can tell whether such a debate will be held. H. E. Addison '96 C. E. Bryan '96 and W. H. Sheldon '95 have been appointed a committee to conduct negotiations. There are numerous questions which would have to be settled, as whether the debate would be conducted in the Harvard way of having three long speeches and one short rebuttal, or in the Princeton way of having each speaker have two chances.
If this debate is arranged and held in Cambridge, it will of course be held in Sanders Theatre, and the competition will be open to all members of the University.