The Question or the Case?
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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
As the Harvard-Oxford debate is being written down in history there seems to be some doubt as to just what the decision of the audience decided. Apparently there is some disagreement as to whether the vote was to be taken on the question of joining the League or on the merits of the question as disclosed by the affirmative and negative. Advance press notices left doubt on the matter. Ex-Governor McCall, in his introductory remarks, said nothing to dispel it; and reports of the event in today's papers only show that it exists outside of College as well as in. Some people in the audience seem to have voted on one question and others seem to have voted on another. All that can be safely inferred from their decision is that there was a group of 1614 citizens, some of whom thought Harvard debated better and others of whom thought Harvard was right, and another group of 1000 citizens, some of whom thought Oxford debated better and others of whom thought Oxford was right. It is therefore not safe to say on the one hand that the vote of 1614 to 1000 was a "brilliant forensic victory" for Harvard or, on the other hand, that it indicated the belief of the audience that the United States should not join the League; it is really impossible to show what the vote did settle. The only thing to be safely said of the debate is that it will be remembered by those who heard it as one of the most interesting college events of recent years. FRANKLIN S. POLLAK '23.
October 10 1922.