1897-1898 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
Professor OTTO A. HAUERBACH.
No official debate coach; done through the Anthenaeum society.
is the first year that
A. Rev. Stephen B. L. Penrose was the college president.
B. Byron Lutcher was the president of Anthenaeum, an oratorical group.
A. The Pioneer ran advertisements for The White
House, McKean's clothing store, and Levy's bookstore, all local
Speech in the English Department News
ENGLISH LITERATURE AND ORATORY
Professor OTTO A. HAUERBACH.
I. Rhetoric— a General exercises in outlining, development of theme and practical criticism. Genung’s Rhetoric.
Junior course, Five hours a week during the first term.
(b) Principles of Oratory and Debate.
Junior course. One hour a week during the second term
(c) Prosody. (stress and intonation in speaking/language)
Junior course One hour a week during the third term.
II. English Literature
(a) Shaw’s New English and American Literature Lectures upon important English poets and writers.
Senior course. Four hours a week during the first and second terms.
(b) American Writers.
Senior course. Four hours a week during the third term
III. Anglos Saxon and Old English—Hand Book of Anglo Saxon and Early English. Corson..
(a) A course in Anglo Saxon
Two hours a week during the first and second terms the Senior Year.
(b) A course in Early English Classics. Selections illustrating the growth of English from Anglo Saxon down through Chaucer will be read, particular attention being given to the philosophy of the period.
Two hours a week during the third term of the Senior Year.
IV. Expression—All students are given an opportunity for class and individual work in expression
(a) Class reading.
Freshman required course. One hour a week throughout the year.
(b) Dramatic interpretation of plays and analytical study of masterpieces in Oratory.
One hour a week during the first two terms of the Sophomore Year.
V. General Rhetoricals
(a) At least one essay, oration or debate must be prepared each term by members of all classes. At least one oration, declamation or debate must be committed to memory or publicly delivered by members of all classes first and second terms.
(b) During the Winter Term instead of regular essay work, all Freshmen are required to hand in each week for inspection by the Professor of English three themes of a hundred words on any chosen subject.
II. In the world
U.S.S. Maine was destroyed in
C. New York Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus," editorial.
D. Peter Pan opens in New York at Empire Theater.
E. Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Contest
may be said in regard to her many defeats in athletics, Whitman closes the year
with having taken the most coveted plum of all the intercollegiate contests. On
the same day, a few hours before the gathering in the hall,
After what seemed to the waiting audience a long time, President Gault advanced to the front of the stage and said, "I should like to make a long speech; but I have a secret and like most women cannot keep it long, and I suppose you are glad I can't. He then announced that the successful contestant was Mr. Proctor of Whitman. In one voice arose a deafening shout that shook the hall and for several minutes the clapping of hands and cheering was all that could be heard. Afterwards an informal reception was held and the students of the institution mingled together to bestow congratulations on the successful orator and his proud and happy companions.
that the time of oratorical contest is again approaching, we hear much in
regard to the value of this branch of work. That it has possessed a power and
influence incalculable in the past cannot be doubted. From the barbaric peoples
to the highest of civilized nations, they have been swayed for good or evil by
their orators. The history of every country's great political struggles is in a
great measure the history of its orators. Their eloquence has often aroused an
indifferent people to a sense of right, and established principles of justice. We
need not go to the ancients for illustrations. Modern history is filled with
the triumphs of oratory; of which our own country can show not a few. At
critical times in her history the orator was needed,
and there were those who were able to respond eloquently to the need. But it is
often questioned whether present times demand oratory—whether it is practical
to become efficient in this line. The statement that the printing press has
taken the place of the orator and the wide spread of literature has usurped the
place of the public speakers is often heard. In fact oratory, with many, means
simply a bad business proposition. They reduce everything to the sordid basis
of dollars and cents and believe others are tending the same way. The true
value of such a gift, so far from being as supposed valueless, is beyond
estimate, when looked at from a right standpoint. It is probably this
prevailing opinion that has caused the lack of interest in oratory in the last
few years in many schools and colleges. And if the colleges do not produce men
trained for public speaking there will be none, for the days of the self-made
man have passed. Some months ago, at the Yale-Harvard debate, Chauncey M.
Depew, acting chairman, said: There is and always will be just as great a
demand for public speaking, and just as great an opportunity for it, as was the
case in what is known as the days of the great orators. But the last twenty
years of college history has not produced a single famous orator in the
The Moscow-Whitman Debate
First Intercollegiate one in
intercollegiate debate has been arranged to take place between the
IV. Debate at Whitman
Worthington and William Proctor traveled to
March, Whitman hosted the
April, teams from Whitman,
CONTESTS AND PRIZES.
The annual contest in oratory is open to all College students. Aside from securing the medal, the winner is also entitled to represent the College in the intercollegiate contest for a cash prize of $50.
College Contest in Oratory.
1898—”The Hero of the Northwest,” WILLIAM M. PROCTOR
Inter-Collegiate Contest in Oratory.
1897—“The Child of Destiny,” J. A. Coffey Idaho State University.
1898— The Hero of the Northwest WILLIAM M. PROCTOR Whitman College.