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A trio of Crimson debaters won a unanimous decision over a visiting team from Clark University last night in the Adams House Upper Common Room. Arguing against the proposition that there should be a National Labor Party were Philip Bahn '49, Harry H. Eckstein '46, and Frederic D. Houghteling '50.

Eckstein, who was named by the judges as best speaker of the evening, clinched the negative case by citing the adverse opinion of several prominent labor leaders to the proposed formation of a third labor party. He maintained that neither the country nor organized labor would best be served by the formation of another party.

Primary argument of the Worcester debaters was their contention that the present two-party system has broken down and no longer affords the liberal voter any real choice in the elections. A labor party would, they maintained, be the only agency that could effect the passage of progressive legislation.

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