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Harvard clashed with Vassar in a no-decision debate last night in the Lowell House Common Room. The contest ended with the proverbial woman's last word, which in this case was "I don't believe you." The subject was: "Resolved, That women are fitted to serve as jurors."
Taking the consistently serious stand that women take jury service more to heart than men, Miss Esther Gordon introduced the affirmative arguments. "But jury duty is such a trial," answered the first Crimson speaker, Robert W. Bean '39, and he didn't see why women wanted jury duty.
Miss Martha Welch continued the serious Vassar tactics, but her legions were dispelled in the face of the next negative speaker, Donald McDonald '39. He proceeded to show that if women were allowed to be jurors, the family bridge tables would become deserted, and would make it necessary to take suits away from the deck. "And where would the woman be without her heart, and the matron without her club?"
Rebuttalist Bean for the negative said that he was glad that women had started jury schools, because, he said, "What we need is good women, and true - good women never were true."
Miss Gordon rebutted by asking. "Are you true?" and followed by reading on in the "ancient manuscript" where Bean had left off. She told how Alice discovered that the jurors were all knaves of hearts.
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