The Yale freshmen have accepted the challenge to meet the Harvard freshmen in debate. By this action the Freshman Debating Club is placed in a position of peculiar responsibility. It has won the opportunity it desired, and it must now prove itself worthy to take part in intercollegiate debate. Mere victory over Yale will not constitute such proof. The members of the club must show themselves able to conduct the debate with energy and with intelligent appreciation of its significance. The future of freshman debating will depend in large part upon the outcome of their efforts. If they succeed in proving the fears based upon their immaturity and inexperience to be groundless, the debate with Yale will probably be permanently established; if they fail, intercollegiate freshman debate will ipso facto be condemned.