At 8 o'clock tonight in Sanders Theatre members of the University and the public will have an opportunity to hear a declamation of ten selections from ancient and modern poetry and prose by ten speakers competing for the Lee Wade and Boylston Prizes for Elocution.
The winner, selected by the judges, Charles Townsend Copeland '82, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, Emeritus; G. R. Agassiz '84; and Leverett Saltonstall '14, will receive the Lee Wade prize of $50. The second most successful contestant will receive the Boylston prize of $50, and those placing third and fourth will be awarded additional Boylston prizes of $30. W. R. Harper '30 will preside.
The speakers are as follows:
"A Peace Worth Preserving" by Woodrow Wilson, W. H. Melish '31; "Hymn Before Sunrise" by Coleridge, Carleton Green '30: Speech before the Massachusetts Senate by Calvin Coolidge, F. F. Wilder '32: "The Washington Conference", anonymous, J. W. Norcross '32; "Woolsey's Farewell" by Shakespeare, H. C. Friend '31: "The New South" by H. W. Grady, G. E. Lodgen '32: "The Passing of Arthur" by Tennyson, J. L. Ware '30: "The Bishop Orders his Tomb" by Browning, M. F. Loewenstein '32: "Bryan" by Vachel Lindsay, D. D. Lloyd '31: Selection from "John Brown's Body" by Benet, Abbot Peterson Jr. '30.
Last year's winner was R. H. Jones '30, who gave a selection from "Cyrano de Bergerac," while M. V. Anastos '30 won the Boylston prize for his rendering of "Orpheus and Eurydice" from Virgil's fourth Georgic in Latin. Third and fourth places were taken by H. G. Meyer '30 with a selection from Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" and Carleton Green '30, who recited Tennyson's "Ulysses".