The Boylston Prize Declamations took place last evening in Sanders Theatre before a large and enthusiastic audience.
The first speaker was S. L. Cromwell who spoke in a dignified and effective manner and made a good impression.
G. Gunnell Jr., followed, but was not so successful, his delivery being more monotonous and labored.
E. A. Reed's pronunciation was clear, but he was a little labored and studied in his delivery and gestures.
R. M. Gillespie spoke the only piece of poetry, and delivered it in a successful and simple style.
The selection of J. E. Givens was carefully given, clear and vigorous.
It was evident from the applause which followed the speaking of D. Churchill that he was well appreciated. His piece was presented in an impressive manner, with nearly perfect expression and gestures.
S. P. R. Chadwick began the second half with a selection not very interesting. His delivery was a little monotonous and lifeless, but he held the attention of the audience.
It was a pleasure to listen to D. T. Clark's rich voice in the Latin selection. It was spoken in an effective and dignified manner and with good understanding.
A. Tassin was a little hurried and melodramatic in his delivery, but he gave the conversation in his selection with good success.
The speech of C. J. F. Bruegger was interesting and forcibly delivered. F. B. Gallivan spoke with fair delivery though a little weak and phlegmatic.
C. L. Hanson closed the evening. He was a little nervous and hurried and at times lacked force.
The prizes were as follows: First prize to D. Churchill (only one given); second prizes to S. L. Cromwell, E. A. Reed Jr., and A. Tassin.
The judges: Solomon Lincoln, chairman; Josiah Quincey, Esq., President Eliot, Dr. H. P. Walcott. C. F. Adams, Esq., Professor J. B. Thayer, R. S. Rantoul, Esq., Wm. Schofield, Esq., Mr. Edward Cummings.