One of the largest and most enthusiastic meetings in the history of the union was held last night in Sever 11. Nearly two hundred and fifty members of the university attended, and evinced an earnest and appreciative interest in the entire debate. The question, "Resolved, That the best interests of Massachusetts would be served by the election of Gen. Butler," called forth unusually excellent speeches both from leading disputants and from the floor. Mr. Sewall. L. S., opened with a spirited denunciation of the Republican party, asserting the necessity that it should be defeated. both this fall and in 1884. He claimed that Gen. Butler's acts and declarations had always been consistent with each other, and that the marvelous unity of the people's demand for his election was sufficient justification of his candidature. Mr. F. M. Hayes, '84, in opening for the negative, compared the record of the Democratic and Republican parties, and drew conclusions in favor of the latter and its continuance in power. He maintained that the financial prosperity of the country would be imperilled by the success of the Democratic party, whose record in financial legislation, he said, is exceedingly discreditable. Mr. McInnes, '83. contrasted the platforms of the two parties, and favored the positive declarations of the Democrats. Mr. Saunders. '84, gave an elaborate and searching analysis of Gen. Butler's public career, showing its inconsistency and lack of good faith. He closed with a denunciation of the candidate and of the men who support him. Several members spoke from the house against Gen. Butler. The meeting was shown, both by its votes and its expressions of approval, to be by a large majority anti-Butler. The success of the debate augurs well for the progress of the union and shows that the members of the university have a live interest in public affairs.
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