1898-1899 Whitman Speech and Debate Team
The Atheneum Society was the basis for the team and may have been helped by Rev. Austin Rice.
We have no pictures prior to 1904.
A. The college added four new faculty members
1. The college of arts and letters added Professor Jas. C. Cooper as head of the modern languages department and Miss L. A. Loomis as an instructor of Latin and English.
2. Professor Lovewell was hired as the director of the music conservatory.
3. Mrs. W. H. Crayne was hired as the lady principle and matron.
B. Rev. Stephen B. L. Penrose was the college president.
C. The debate team was coached by Rev. Austin Rice.
II. At Whitman College
art department moved downtown to the
code of intercollegiate regulations for sports teams was agreed upon by
C. The Pioneer ran advertisements for McKean’s shoe store, M.A. Goldman’s jewelry store, and O.P. Jaycox & Co.
Speech in the English Department News
III. In the world
A. The Spanish-American War ended.
C. The United States annexed Hawaii.
D. Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph).
A little less than a year ago was the
first intercollegiate debate between the
That it is a good thing for the Colleges to come in touch with each other is not to be doubted for an instant. Before the Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Association and the Inter-Collegiate Debate were instituted the three institutions had little or nothing in common. They had heard of each other, and that was all. Now they have tried each other and found that it is going to require faithful, earnest work for either College to get at the head and stay there. So far the honors have been quite equally distributed.
These annual contests are going to develop College spirit. They are going to rouse the students to make greater efforts each year and strive hard for the first place. They are going to raise the standard both in scholarship and in athletics. The students will become more earnest in their work and the Colleges will send out men and women who will be an honor to the institutions and 'to the nation.
It is not often that death's silent
messenger comes to call away one of our number, but when he does come his
withering hand often falls upon the brightest and most promising one. We were,
perhaps, not greatly surprised when the death of our friend
and fellow student, Seth S. Davies, was announced on February 27th, for he had
been a sufferer with that dread disease, consumption. Yet the shock was no less
severe because it was not unexpected. It came to all his friends as the message
of a personal loss, for by his genial ways and strong personality he had won a
permanent place in our affections. We little thought on the 27th of March,
1898, when he took part in the Whitman-Moscow debate, that on the first day of
that same month in the following year he would be laid in his final resting-
place. Yet so it was, and we who are left to mourn his death can best pay our
tribute to his memory by drawing from his life the lessons of perseverance and
singleness of aim for which he was noted. The funeral was held at the house on
PIO ARTICLE COMMENTING ON WHITMAN’S ORATORS
It is a remarkable fact that all the prizes in oratory at Whitman have been taken in and below the Sophomore year, yet we have carried off more than our share of the honors. Our representative to the inter-collegiate this year is a Sophomore, and we believe that we stand as good a show as ever of winning. While we have every reason to be proud of our orators, nevertheless it is true that if the higher classmen were to go into these contests the College would be represented by a maturer grade of thought. If, however, as some think, the entrance of the higher classes would tend to keep out the younger men, the present condition is probably better so far as the students themselves are concerned.
As to the local contestants, we think that
THE WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER.
COMMENTARY ON THE TRIANGULAR DEBATE
G. W. Wolfe closed the main argument for the negative. He sailed into the commercial argument of the affirmative, and said that the profits of 'commerce could not be claimed as an offset to the cost of the war, since the merchants pocketed that and not Uncle Sam. By acquiring distant territory we have weakened rather than strengthened our military position. Islands will be seized as hostages in time of war. To prevent this we must spend millions to defend our new possessions. In closing, he demanded to know what was going to be done with the Philippines. In rebuttal the affirmative made clear their position on the Philippine question, maintaining that they had not been annexed yet, and would not be unless they were going to be a benefit. That the real question was not expansion, but the benefits of the war. As to the future, the country was able to deal with all problems as she had done in the past, but for the present the benefits were such as to be recognized and acknowledged by everybody.
The negative hammered the cost of the war, the loss of life and the dangers of expansion in a spirited manner. The increase in the army and navy was also dwelt upon as a grave inroad upon our traditional policy. The judges were given their innings, and while they were deliberating, Miss Poe favored the audience with a well rendered vocal solo. The decision of the judges was: Affirmative, two; negative, one. At great danger to their vocal cords, the Idaho boys gave the Whitman yell in equal volume with their own, and showed no partiality in their applause. The team cannot speak too highly of the courteous treatment which they received at the hands of their opponents, and the faculty and students of the U. of I. The trip will long be held in pleasant remembrance. Of those at home to whom special credit is due, and without whose untiring efforts and good advice the team could not have won, we would particularly mention the faithful members of the Atheneum, who helped in gathering material and presenting the other side of the question; to the members of the faculty, whose criticisms were so helpful.
W M P
Whitman's colors have still the right to
wave in triumph. The northern antagonist has been met and his batteries
silenced. The trophies which he carried away on the 20th of March, 1808, have
been regained, and now we must meet his neighbor in a similar contest which, we
trust, will have as favorable an outcome. On the afternoon of Friday, December
16, the passengers on the train that pulled into
On Saturday night, the 7th,
came the debate. G. A. R. Hall was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The
debaters sat at tables draped with the colors of their respective Colleges, and
between, gavel in hand, sat R. V. Cozier,
A. Seth Davies, a debater the previous year who was forced to leave school due to ill health, died on February 27 from consumption.
B. Carl Hauerbach won the annual oratorical contest.
C. Intercollegiate debate
December, the team traveled to the
a second tournament at