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The proof-sheets of the University Catalogue have been received, giving the subjects and conditions for essays written in competition for the different prizes offered by the Faculty during the present year.
The only new prize on the list is the Ropes prize of two hundred and fifty dollars offered for the best essay upon "The Causes of the Russian War of 1812." This prize is open to students of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.
Five prizes are offered this year for subjects in the field of Political Science, viz., the Toppan, Sumner, Bennett, and the two Paine prizes. The subjects for any of these prizes may, within the limits set down in the special announcement of each in the Catalogue, be chosen by each competitor for himself, subject to the approval of the Committee on Prizes in Political Science. The proposed subject must be submitted to the Committee before March 1.
The subjects suggested for these prizes are as follows:
THE TOPPAN PRIZE.
1. Protection to young industries in the U. S.
2. Town and county government in the U. S.
3. The foundation and prospects of the Dominion of Canada.
4. The original and derived features of the U. S. constitution.
5. Parliamentry government in France since 1869.
THE SUMNER PRIZE.
1. The experience of the last half century and the light it throws upon the possible general resort to arbitration as a substitute for war.
2. Great national armaments in time of peace; their causes, their continuance, the chances of their decline.
3. An historical sketch of the spread of the doctrine of immunity of private property at sea and a discussion of its tendency to promote peace.
4. The light which experience throws upon the resort to arbitration as a substitute for war.
THE BENNETT PRIZE.
1. The proper relations of the United States with Hawaii.
2. How should postmasters be elected?
3. The advantages and dangers to the U. S. of a powerful Navy.
4. The effect of executive commissions on State government.
THE PAINE PRIZE.
1. The scientific treatment of city slums.
2. The housing of the working classes.
3. The child-problem in great cities.
1. The history and prospects of labor organizations in the U. S.
2. The history and prospects of productive cooperation in the U. S.
3. The duty of the state to the laboring classes.
The Sargent prize will be offered this year for the best metrical translation of the fifth Ode of the third Book of Horace.
The subjects proposed for essays in competition for the Dante Prize are as follows:
1. Recent studies of the text of Dante,- especially those of Witte, Moore, and Tauber.
2. The allegory of the eighth and ninth cantos of the Inferno; the City of Dis, its demons, the Furies, Medusa, the opposition to the entrance of the Poets; the heavenly messenger.
3. Petrarch's personal and literary attitude toward Dante.
The announcement of the Bowdoin Prizes appeared in the CRIMSON of December 5.
The detailed regulations concerning all of the prizes are the same as last year and may be found in the last Catalogue.
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