Inability of the three judges to reach an agreement on the choice of two Tercentenary speakers led to an unparalleled decision late last night when it was decided to pick two men from each of the two speaking divisions as semi-finalists and allow them to work on their speeches for a limited period of time.
Four are Retained
The men retained are Thomas Stephenson '37, Norman Cahners '37, James B. Hallett '37, and Edward O. Miller '37. Stephenson and Cahners have spoken on subjects treating with athletics, while the other two have dealt with matters pertaining to undergraduate life.
The exact length of time which will be allotted the four left in the competition rests with C. Colmery Gibson '37. Gibson could not be reached last night to set any limit.
This unusual situation has been caused by the keenness in the competition. The first trials were held early in the month, and eleven men were selected.
In the finals Thursday afternoon in Holden Chapel, the three judges, Frederick C. Packard '20, Norman W. Mattis, the Robert F. Young, all members of the Public Speaking department, were unable to reach a decision.
The two men selected, one for athletics, the other for general Harvard matters, will address the meeting of the Associated Harvard Clubs in the Tercentenary Theatre on September 17. The addresses will also be broadcast over a world-wide network, and will be picked up by Harvard Clubs round the world.
A Freshman will also speak at this meeting to describe the life in the yard. The trials will be held for this Tuesday afternoon in the common room of the Union.