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The question before the Union last evening was: "Resolved that the elective franchise should be extended to women."
J. F. Morton, '92, of the affirmative, opened the debate. Where women are made citizens, they should have all the rights of naturalization as well as man. To prevent women from voting is to depopulate a country of just so many citizens. Woman is said to be indifferent to diplomacy and statesmanship, but that is only because she is given no chance to take any part in them.
E. S. Griffing, '89, then spoke for the negative. Woman comes out of her natural sphere when she takes part in political affairs. Her place is at home -a position given her by divine sanction-and when she assumes man's work she acts in opposition to nature.
F. E. Huntress, '89, continued for the negative. It is claimed that households will be broken up if husband and wife vote contrawise; but thousands of families at the present time exist in harmony with the husband and wife living under different religious creeds.
The influence of women in political affairs would tend to raise the political standard in no small degree, as already seen in regard to the school committee where the presence of women at the meetings does much to refine the manners of the men present.
F. H. Krebs, L. S., then spoke for the negative. There are three reasons why women should not vote, namely: Because of their religious fanaticism, their ignorance, their inability to perform the duties of citizens. Woman is controlled in her actions by prejudices, passions, and sympathy, and therefore cannot be trusted to affairs of high import.
Vote on the merits of the question: Affirmative, 23; negative, 23. Merits of principal disputants: Affirmative, 34; negative, 32. Merits of the debate as a whole: Affirmative, 21; negative, 10.
The following men were elected members of the society: R. B. Hale, '91; G. B. Schulte, L. S. ; P. L. Horne, '92; R. W. Hale, '92; L. Hall, '92; H. F. Berry, '92.
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