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The debate of the Harvard Union last evening was on the question "Resolved that congress should regulate congressional and presidential elections in the states."
The debate was opened for the affirmative by H. E. Grigor, '92. He declared that the negro had been denied his rights in the South, and that congress had been packed by Southern democrats. The bill proposed in congress by Mr. Lodge provides a sufficient remedy. It is constitutional and does not interfere with local self government.
B. G. Woomer, '91, opened for the negative. He deprecated all tampering with the constitution. Mr. Lodge's bill necessitates some form of coercion and this will arouse bad feeling. The South will soon be able to work out its own salvation.
F. W. Dallinger, '93, followed for the affirmative. He said that in the North elections were fair and honest, but that in the South they killed United States marshals with impunity; and gave many illustrations of the election abuses. The provisions of the constitution must be carried out and no such methods be allowed as resulted in the election of Grover Cleveland.
R. C. Surbridge, L. S., followed for the negative. He criticised the position of his opponents sharply. He wished the negro to enjoy his full rights, but thought other means desirable. The South does not need armed force but wise counsel to aid her in the solution of this difficult problem.
The debate was then thrown open to the house and the following men spoke from the floor: A. P. Stone, '92, C. P. Blaney, '90, W. A. Matthael, '92, J. M. Morton, '91, M. A. Bartlett, '93. F. W. Galloway, Gr., S. M. Brice, '93, F. Woodworth, L. S., F. S. Whetmore, '92, E. S. Griffin, '90, P. L. Horne, '92, F. W. Coburn, '92.
The votes were as follows: merits of the question-affirmative 5, negative 4; merits of the principal disputants-affirmative 4, negative 12; on the debate as a whole-affirmative 3, negative 8.
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