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It is with the greatest gratification that we congratulate the representatives of Harvard in the joint debate with Yale on their victory. The debate was an affair which reflected credit on all who had connection with it. The management was excellent throughout, and much praise is due to the committee who have worked so persistently and intelligently to make all arrangements. A large gathering of cultured people, a distinguished presiding officer, and aneminently able board of judges made a setting for the debate which could hardly have been improved.
To the three speakers, however, the greater share of the praise must be given. Thorough in preparation, quick in repartee, forcible in argument, it was no disgrace to the Yale representatives to be defeated by them. In such a contest it was honor even to lose.
We are gratified not only that Harvard won this debate but that these debates are establishing themselves in popular favor. We believe that they are a valuable addition to the competitions held between the great universities, and that they serve to stimulate interest in all public speaking and the practice of it in the different debating societies. That such interest should be aroused is desirable. It tends to bring about a more healthy proportion in the interest taken by the students in the different activities of the college, and is the direct means of equipping them with the ability of expressing ideas to their fellow men in after life with clearness and with force.
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