1904-1905 Whitman Speech and Debate Team




Rev. Austin Rice, Professors Lyman, Hendrick, and Bratton

The Debate-Literary Societies continue to operate.


Whitman News

I.                 Whitman College in 1904-1905

A.     The college built a new gymnasium.

B.   Mill stones used by Marcus Whitman were found with the help of Senator Ankey.


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The Athenaeum Society


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Speech in the English Department News

Note that a department of public speaking existed this year.


DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH Professor Hendrick and Miss Jolliffe  The objects contemplated by this department are to impart (a) sonic knowledge of the origin and development of our language and literature; (b) a general ac­quaintance with the whole field of literature; (c) a par­ticular acquaintance with the leading periods, with the aim, in the latter case, of imparting an appreciation and understanding of the individual works selected, a grasp of their relation to one another, and a conception of the way in which they give expression to the personality of the writer and the tendencies of the time; (d) an acquaintance with good usage in speech and an ability to write and express thoughts in good English. Courses 1 and 7 are required of all candidates for the baccalaureate degrees. Courses 1, 7, 9, 11 or 12, 13, and course 4 in the department of Greek are required of all students who take English as their major study. 

1. Composition. Lectures, recitations, and written exer­cises. Short themes are written in class and longer ones are required fortnightly. The themes are criticized in detail by the instructors, consultation hours being appointed, and each student required to discuss his work with his instructor. Baldwin, A College Manual of Rhetoric. Four hours per week throughout the year. Open to all students. Required of all Freshmen. 

2. Composition. A study of words, the sentence, and the paragraph; lectures on the various kinds of compo­sition—exposition, criticism, description, argument, narration. Exercises are assigned dealing with the different forms of writing discussed. A limited amount of illustrative reading is required. Two hours per week throughout the year. Open to students who have completed Course 1. Omitted in 1905-6.]

4. Argumentation. A study of the processes of argument by analysis and construction; writing of arguments, oral debates, individual criticisms, and interviews. Baker, Principles of Argumentation. Two hours per week either semester. Open to students who have completed Course 5 in the department of Public Speaking.


            DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SPEAKING        President Penrose and Miss Merrell 

5.         Principles of Vocal Expression. A general course in vocal training, the use of the voice in speaking and reading, the elements of interpretative reading, with practice in the preparation and delivery of declamations and short speeches. One hour per week throughout the year. Open to all students.

6.         Public Speaking. A study of the chief forms of public speech, with the analysis of master-orations and prac­tice in the preparation and delivery of speeches. One hour per week throughout the year. Open to students who have completed Course 5.  


THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WHITMAN COLLEGE 15  ·an organization which has charge of the general activities of the student body. Athletics of all kinds, the glee-clubs, debate, literary societies, and college publications are under its control. Any student or instructor of the institution is eligible to membership. The ATHENAEUM AND PHRENOKOSMIAN LITERARY SOCIETIES, meeting weekly, furnish opportunity to the young men for profitable practice in the important work of debate and public speaking. The COLLEGE ORATORICAL ASSOCIATION is a society whose aim is to develop power and taste in public speak­ing. It is a charter member of the Intercollegiate Oratorical Association, including the University of Idaho, Washington Agricultural College and School of Science, and Whitman College. The first contest of this associa­tion took place in Walla Walla, May 25, 1897. THE INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATING ASSOCIATION was formed in 1898, including the University of Idaho, the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science, and Whitman College. Two debates are held each year under the Yale-Harvard debating rules.


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World News

II.               In the World

A.     The Russo-Japanese war broke out.

B.     Port Arthur surrendered to the Japanese.

C.    Greeks in Crete revolted against Turks.

D.    Rafael Reyes became the dictator of Colombia.

E.     Bloody Sunday-demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops in Russia.

F.     Oklahoma admitted to statehood

G.    Eleanor Roosevelt marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in NY.

H.    U.S. Supreme Court judges maximum work day unconstitutional.


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Libethrean Society


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Team News


Whitman's record in debate is one of which she may be especially proud.  Out of seventeen intercollegiate contests she has won thirteen.  Honors are even between Whitman and the University of Idaho, each school having won four debates over the other.  The Washington State College at Pullman has been met six times and defeated six times. In the two successive debates held with the University of Oregon in 1903 and 1904 Whitman received unanimous decisions in both instances.  Pacific University, for several years champions of Oregon and victors this year over the University of Washington, was met for the first time in KJOg and obliged to submit to a decision in favor of Whitman after one of the closest and best debates ever held here. The year 1904 was a memorable one to Whitman in the line of debate, as the three intercollegiate contests entered were all converted into victories.  Of the debates held in 1905, two were victories over Pacific University, and Washington State College, the third falling to Idaho. Such names as Worthington, Schutt, Proctor, Olsen, Chittntlen, Rupp, Galloway, Cox, Ringer, Palmer, and Baldwin are familiar to those who have followed Whitman's debating history, but if any man has won a name for himself in this line of work, it is without question H. Elmer Brown, now a student at Yale.  What he did for Whitman in debate can best be summed up in the fact that he took part in eight intercollegiate contests, in most of which he was leader, and came out with a clean record, never having once met defeat. Hopes for success in debate during the coming year are very encouraging, as a good number of reasoners and speakers will be at the disposal of the coaches.  And right here we wish to acknowledge our great obligation to Rev. Austin Rice, himself a Yale debater, for his invaluable services in helping coach our teams.  Likewise, great credit is due Professors Lyinaii, Hendrick, and Bratton.


Question:  Resolved, That it should be the policy of the United States not to hold territory permanently, unless with the purpose that it ultimately enjoy statehood.



Judges—Warren Tolman, Spokane; R. Holcomb, Ritzville; Cyrus P. Happy, Spokane.

Decision—Unanimous for the affirmative.


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Team Results


A.     Athenaeum won intersociety debate.

B.     Intercollegiate debate

1.     Whitman vs. Pacific University, January 17, 1905

a.     The topic was “Resolved: That the United States should adopt the Canadian banking system.”

b.     On the affirmative for Whitman were Roy N. Wolfe, Walter C. Eells, and W. G. Greenslade who delivered the rebuttal.

c.      On the negative for Pacific University were J. W. Philbrook, W. B Shively who delivered the rebuttal, and A. J. Priddeaux.

d.     Whitman won on a 2-1 decision.

2.     Whitman vs. the University of Idaho, April 7, 1905

a.     The topic was “Resolved: That whenever, in the event of continued domestic violence, lives and property are not adequately protected by a state, it is for the public good that the president should have the power to afford protection without the application of a State for federal aid.”

b.     On the affirmative for the University of Idaho were Thomas R. Jones, James Galloway, and Victor Price who delivered the rebuttal.

c.      On the negative for Whitman were Roy V. Peringer, Heber H. Ryan, and Greenslade who delivered the rebuttal.

d.     The University of Idaho won on a 3-0 decision.


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World News

·        “Comic strips are extended, creating the comic book.”

·        New York's subway begins service”

·        “In recording music, a flat disk replaces wax cylinders.”

·        “The British and French sign an agreement regarding boundaries between their colonial empires.”

·        “The Russo-Japanese war erupted when negotiations over Korea and Manchuria broke down.”

·        Great Britain forced the Tibetans to agree to a series of commercial agreements for the purpose of opening up Tibet to British trade.”

·        “Theodore Roosevelt announced an addition to the Monroe Doctrine. He stated, in referring to South and Central America, that the United States had the right and the need to intervene in the internal affairs of states in the Western hemisphere if they did not get their own affairs in order.”

·        “The United States took over the finances of the Dominican Republic, a country in virtual bankruptcy.”