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After the excitement occasioned by the report of the canvass had somewhat subsided, the temporary secretary of the Union, Mr. H. A. Davis, read the question for the evening's debate-"Resolved, that the present attitude of the Prohibition party is antagonistic to the advancement of prohibition." Mr. C. F. Ayer, of the Law School, opened the debate for the affirmative. He said, primarily, that the law which the Prohibitionists wish to bring to pass was a sumptuary one. No law should be passed that cannot be enforced. Maine is an example that the prohibitory law is useless. Mr. F. S. Stebbins, '90, spoke first on the negative. The Prohibition party has made great strides since 1884. They have gained local option and the passage of a bill authorizing instruction in public schools on the prohibition question from a scientific standpoint. Mr. Green, '89, was second on the affirmative. He said that total prohibition was impossible. There are many illicit distilleries in the South which will be sure to increase under a prohibitory law as they have increased under high license. Mr. D. C. Torrey then spoke ably for the negative. He referred to Nebraska and Iowa. Nebraska with high license has a steady increase of crime. Iowa has total prohibition and the number of arrests in the state has decreased remarkably.
The ballots taken in reference to the debate resulted as follows: On the merits of the question-Affirmative, 84; negative, 10. On the arguments of the principal disputants-Affirmative, 24; negative, 104. On the debate as a whole-Affirmative, 2; negative, 18.
The question for debate at the next meeting of the Union is: "Resolved, that the Government should suppress trusts."
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