With the very successful organization of the Freshman Debating Club, Wednesday, and the trial debates for membership to Union and the Forum tonight, the active work in debating, outside the courses in public speaking offered by the English Department, commences. Every meeting of the societies from now on will be a small but important part in the preparation for the intercollegiate contests with Yale and Princeton, in which success means so much to Harvard. Harvard must win; but to win Harvard must work, hard and steadily. That a great many men will work hard we have no doubt, for there is a great deal of earnest and well directed, though undemonstrative, enthusiasm in debating throughout the University. But there is a larger number of men who may content themselves with wishing Harvard success instead of working for success.
The outcome depends largely, as the CRIMSON has said before, on the individuals in the University. Every one who has any ability in public speaking and there are very few who have not at least a little-has a part to perform and he can best do his part, if he is not in one of the debating courses, or indeed if he is in one of the debating courses, by joining heartily in the work of the debating clubs and by speaking at every opportunity.