1907-1908 Whitman Speech and Debate Team



President Penrose, Professor W. A. Bratton, Professor N. F. Coleman


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Whitman News

I.                 Whitman College in 1907-1908

A.     Senior class officers were president Roy N. Wolfe, vice president Flora Morgan, secretary Joe Allen, treasurer Edith Vestal, and historian Calivn Thomason.

B.     Debate council members were president Alfred Livengood, secretary George B. Woodward, manager Harry Davenport, and Walter C. Eells.

C.     ASWC officers were president Davenport, vice president Logan Peringer, secretary Roy Cahill, and treasurer Philip M. William.


Speech in the English Department News



DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH Professors HENDRICK and COLEMAN The objects contemplated by this department are as follows:

I.          In the study of literature (a) to impart some knowledge of the origin and development of our language and literature; (b) to give a general acquaintance with the whole field of literature; (c) to give a particular acquaintance with the leading periods, with the aim, in the latter case, of imparting an appreciation and understanding of ~he 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. II. In the study and practice of composition (a) to give, with a knowledge of the main principles of rhetoric, much practice and careful training in written expression; (b) to develop the power of free and effective public speech. Courses i, ~, and 7 are required of all candidates for the baccalaureate degrees. Course i must be taken by Freshmen. Students who select English as their major study will take also Courses 8

1. Composition. Lectures, recitations, and written exercises. Three short themes are written each week; or at the will of the instructor, two or more of these may be replaced by one longer composition. The themes are criticized in detail by the instructor. Conferences are held weekly or hi-weekly, according to the needs of the indi­vidual student. Illustrative reading in the main forms of literary composition is required. Three hours, both semesters. (M. W. F., at 8:00) Open to all students. Required of all Freshmen.

2. Advanced Composition. A further course in practical composi­tion fur students who desire special training in addition to that afforded hy Course s. Short daily themes or a longer weekly com­position are written throughout the year. A student is encouraged to develop his aptitudes with a view to possible literary work in after life. Each student’s work is subject to the criticism of the class as well as to that of the instructor. Regular conferences are held. Two hours, both semesters. Open to students who have completed Course with a grade not lower than “C.”

3. Public Speaking. 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, both semesters. (F., at 8:00) Open to all students. Required of all candidates for the baccalaureate degrees.

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, second semester. (F. Tb., at 3:00) Open to students who have completed Courses 5 and 6.

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. Two hours, first semester. (T. Th., at 3:00) Open to students who have completed Course 3.


THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WHITMAN COLLEGE is an organization which has charge of the general activities of the student body. Athletics of all kinds, the glee clubs, debate, literary societies, and student 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 LIBETHREAN and PHILOLITHIAN LITERARY SOCIETIES have been organized by the young women of the college for the development of literary culture and social life. GLEE CLUBS are maintained by both young men and young women.


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World News

·        1907

      A. “At the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, leaders of all major nations met at The Hague.” *

      B. “In 1907, New Zealand was granted dominion status within the [British] Empire.” *    

C. “The autonomous Government of Transvaal announced a policy that required registration and fingerprinting of all Asians. In response, led 10,000 Indian residents in protest.” *

D. “In response to the killing of nine European workers in Casablanca, French warships bombarded the city on August 2nd.” *

E. “Under the Gentlemen's Agreement, the Japanese agreed to withhold passports from laborers intending to migrate to the United States. In return, the United States agreed not to formally limit Japanese immigration.” *

      F. “On December 16th, a fleet of 16 American battleships set sail on an around–the–world voyage.” *

G. “Maria Montessori, who was the first women physician in Italy, opened a school for children. Her teaching methods, which bear her name, are still used today.” *

      H. “On November 13, 1907, Paul Cornu flew the first helicopter.” *         

I. “The British launched the luxury liner the Mauritania.” *


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Team News







Vocal Solo ......... MRS. APFY


"Resolved, That the United States should continue to admit the Japanese on the same basis as European immigrants."


Affirmative                                Negative

Calvin Crumhakcr                     Vernon Cooke

Walter E. Feltholise                   Radford Rigsby

Eester Livengood                      Harry Davenport

Frank Fletcher                          Walter C. Eclis

Rebuttal: Same order, Negative leading.

Music .......... Mandolin Club


Chairman of evening', Mr. George B. Marquis.

Judges on Question, Alien H. Reynolds, Dr. E. E. Shaw. Marvin Evans.

Judges to select speakers for the two Debating Teams, President Penrose, Professor W. A. Bratton, Professor N. F. Coleman.

Decision—2 to 1. Affirmative.



Vocal Solo

Self or Service

Reaping Without Solving

The Call from the Orient

The Awakening of China

The Modern Menace










Chairman of the Evening, Walter C. Eclis.

Judges on Thought and Composition

Rev. J. C. Reid, Professor Ruby, Dr. E. E. Shaw.

Judges on Delivery

Alien H. Reynolds, Francis J. Van Horn, D. D„ Rev. S. G. Fischer.

First Prize Awarded to ...... PAUL P. BKAINARD, '09

Second Prize Awarded to ..... MADGE FOWLER, '08

The prize was a gold "W" pin of official design, which was presented to the winner of the contest. This was the gift of Edward D. Baldwin, '06, who suggested that each President 'of the Debate Council, the next year after holding office, should offer such a prize for the oratorical contest.



Whitman Pioneer 11/26/07


"Immigration Will Be The Question"


Japanese immigration will be the subject discussed by Whitman, Willamette and Pacific in the triangular debate this year. The debate, which is the first of its kind that the three schools have joined in, will be held Feb. 21. The intersociety tryout for the Whitman teams will come December 19. The exact wording of the question is, "Resolved that the Japanese should be allowed to enter the United States under the Payne laws as the European immigrants."



Pioneer 2/11/08


"Debaters Defeated on Banking"


Whitman Loses to W.S.C. on Adoption of the Canadian System


Pullman Trio Wins by Withholding Its Scheme of Counter Reform Until Final Speech.


Washington State College on the night annual debate from Whitman last night in the college chapel. The question was the currency system. Whitman upheld the affirmative and W.S.C. the negative. "Resolved that the United States should authorize the establishment of branch banks and the issuance of an asset currency, and under the Canadian banking system."

The speakers were as follows:

Whitman, affirmative -- C. Morrow, '10; R. V. Peringer, '08; W.C. Eells, '08. Rebuttal Eells.

W.S.C. negative -- M. Newhouse, '11; J.O. Blair, '08; N.J. Aikin, '08 Rebuttal, Aikin.



Pioneer 2/11/08


"Brainard, College Orator"


With denunciation of Mormonism wins local oratorical contest.


Paul P. Brainard of the junior class won the local oratorical contest which was held in the college chapel on Saturday night, and Miss Madge Fowler of the senior class took second place. An unusually large crowd gathered to listen to the orators and the closest attention was observed throughout the program. The program was opened with an excellently rendered vocal solo by Miss Rowena Mathoit of the conservatory and was closed with a selection by the ladies' double quartet.


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Team Results


II.               Debate at Whitman

A.     Whitman vs. Pacific University, February 21

1.      The topic was “Resolved: That the U. S. should continue to admit the Japanese on the same basis as European immigrants.”

2.      On the affirmative for Pacific were H. E. Guyan, H. H. Arnston, and J. R. Ward who delivered the rebuttal.

3.      On the negative for Whitman were Eells, Radford Rigsby, and Davenport who delivered the rebuttal.

4.      Whitman won on a 2-1 decision.

B.     Whitman vs. Willamette, February 21

1.      The topic was the same as in the debate against Pacific.

2.      On the affirmative for Whitman were Calvin Curmbaker, Lester Livengood, and Frank Fletcher who delivered the rebuttal.

3.      On the negative for Willamette were Wallace G. Trill, Neil Zimmerman who delivered the rebuttal, and George Neuner.

4.      Whitman won on a 3-0 decision.

C.     Whitman vs. Washington State College, April 10

1.      The topic was “Resolved: That the U. S. should authorize the establishment of branch banks and the issuance of an asset currency as under the Canadian banking system.”

2.      On the affirmative for Whitman were Roy Peringer, Clarence Morrow, and Eells.

3.      On the negative for W. S. C. were J. O. Blair, Milton Newhouse, and J. J. Aiken.

4.      W. S. C. won on a 2-1 decision.











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