Although they were accused of being highbrow and having a Hah-vahd accent when they faced Scranton, three members of the Debating Council had an otherwise successful Spring tour last week, in which they faced unusually large audiences between Jersey City, N. J. and Williamsburg, Va.
John Marshall College handed Harvard its most brilliant tongue-lashing, through one Jim Tumulty who set up the thesis that the Harvard boys couldn't pass the entrance requirements to Laurel Hill (local haven for misfit minds) and proceeded to prove it to an appreciative audience.
The team, selected from the squad of 44 men by Debate Director Rowe, was composed of Lawrence F. Ebb '39, President of the Council, Welch Peel '39, and Donald McDonald '39.
Harvard upheld the Negative of the proposition, "Res. that Congress should enact a regional power program embodying the principles of the T. V. A." in encounters with John Marshall College in Jersey City on Sunday evening April 3 and with William and Mary University in Williamsburg on Wednesday, April 6. The John Marshall debate was lost and there was no decision in the William and Mary contest. There was also a half-hour discussion of the "Little T. V. A.'s" question with John Marshall on Sunday afternoon over WMCA and the Inter-city network.
The question of compulsory labor arbitration by the Federal government was verbally battled with College Misericordia in Dallas, Penn., on Tuesday; with Loyola in Baltimore on Thursday; with the University of Scranton in Scranton, Penn., on Friday, and in Saturday's radio debate with La Salle. The Harvard team was defeated on the Affirmative of arbitration by Micericordia and Scranton and won a judges' decision over Loyola while taking the Negative of the same question.
The sole flaw in the tour was the defeat suffered at the hands of the University of Scranton, where ex-Mayor Durkan of Scranton swung a 2-1 judges' decision against Harvard on the accusation of it being highbrow and having a hah-vahd accent.
One loss that did not rankle in the minds of the Council's representatives was that handed them by three feminine debaters at the Catholic college of Misericordia. This debate was presented before an audience packed with attractive Misericordia girls and followed by informal dancing with the opposing team. Veteran debaters rated Misericordia speakers above representatives of Radcliffe, Wellesley, and Vassar in poise, charm, and even debating! Arrangements were concluded on the spot for a return debate at Harvard next Fall.
The most interesting entertainment was that provided by William and Mary, once the Harvard men were given to understand the significance of curious Crown-and-Seven symbols painted along campus walks. They were informed that the college authorities have appointed a Secret Seven from the student body to enforce the "Honor System" so far as actions of co-eds on dates are concerned, and the painted symbols are menacing reminders of that fact