The debate between the representatives of Yale and Princeton will be held Alexandria Hall, Princeton, tonight. The question will be, "Resolved, That it would be wise to establish in respect of all state legislation of a general character, a system of referendum similar to that of Switzerland." Yale has the negative of the question and Princeton has the affirmative. The Princeton men will speak in the following order in first speeches: R. B. Perry '96, R. O. Kirkwood '97, and E. W. Hamilton '96. For second speeches, Kirkwood and Perry. The order of the Yale men will be: For first speeches, C. V. Clark '97, A. Rice '97, and E. H. Mcvey 2S. For second speeches, Clark and Rice.
Some facts about the individual speakers are given below:
Edward William Hamilton '96, of Schenectady, N. Y., prepared for Princeton at Chapius Collegiate School in New York City. In sophomore year he won first prize in oratory in Whig Hall, and in junior year he won second prize in general inter-class debate in hall and first in extempore speaking. Last year he was one of the contestants on the preliminary Harvard debate, won one of the Junior Orator medals and the Lit. prize for Washington's Birthday Oration. He is the president of the Civil Service Reform Club, and also one of the Baird candidates.
Ralph Barton Perry '96, of New York City, prepared for college at the Franklin School, of Germantown, Pa. In freshman year he won in Whig Hall first prize in debate and second in essay. In sophomore year he was Washington's Birthday debater from his class. Junior year he won first prize in essay in hall, and this year second in the senior oratorical contest.
Robert Ogilrie Kirkwood '97, of Clio hall, comes from Yonkers, New York. In his freshman year he won first prize in extemporaneous speaking, and as a sophomore, he won second prize in each of three contests, debate, oratory and essay.
The following is the record of the Yale representatives:
Charles Upson Clark '97, of Brooklyn, was the first speaker chosen, also winning the special prize of $100 for the best debating. He had no experience in debating before entering college, but immediately took a prominent position in the Yale Union debates and at present is vice-president of the organization.
Austin Rice '97, Theological Schoollives in Danvers, Mass. At the commencement exercises he was chosen to speak on the Hardy Senior Debate in the department of Professor H. A. Frink.
Edward Holmes McVey is a senior in the Law School and comes from Des Moines Iowa. Last year he represented the Yale Kent Club in a debate with the Yale Union. Edward Hicks Hume '97 will act as alternate speaker. He had only limited experience in debating before entering college and has obtained practice only in the contests in the Yale Union.