The upper-class debate was won last night by the Seniors, represented by H. S. Bowers, J. Frank and E. E. Sargeant. The point at issue was the relative merits of the two systems of government. The Juniors failed to show clearly how the English colonial system could be applied to the conditions existing in the Philippines. The winning team excelled in form, but otherwise the debate was unusually even.
The Sophomore-Freshman debate was won by the Sophomores, represented by J. H. Holmes, E. H. Letchworth, aed E. Bernbaum. The Sophomores contended that the retention of the Philippines would increase the trade of the United States with the islands of the Pacific and with China, and that the Filipinos would never be capable of self-government. The Freshmen were unable to refute these claims satisfactorily, and rested their case on the claim that it was best for the United States to cede the Philippines to Germany. The Sophomores overthrew both the advisability and the possibility of this.
The interclass committee of the University Debating Club has submitted certain questions for the final debate to the French Department for its approval. The question chosen will be announced on April 5, as the trials for the final debate of May 4 must be held before the Easter recess.