The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899, December 20, 1894, Page 13, Image 13
18 THE REPRESENTATIVES CHOSEN. THB NBBRASKAN The final debate to decide who should represent the University of Nebraska in the Kansas-Nebraska de bate next May occurred Saturday evening, December 8th. Much interest was manifested in the contest, as was shown by the large audience present. Each speaker was at his best, and the arguments advanced were the result of a careful investigation of the sub ject. The program was opened by a piano solo by Miss Triplett, which was well received. The question de bated was, " Resolved, That Canada Should be An nexed to the United States," ARM KM ATI VK. NKGATI Vli E. B. Sherman, C. Barr, E. O. Barr, C. M. Skiles, A. J. Weaver, 1 1. J. Whitmorc, E. McNeal. P. J, McGuirc. The judges were lion. A. V. Field, lion. Sam Cox, and Mr. Parks. After an interesting discussion of two hours the de bate was closed. While the decision of the judges was being determined, Miss Turner favored the audience with a vocal solo. After some delay the decision was announced. Messrs. Weaver, Sherman, and McNeal will go to Kansas, with Mr. Whit mo re for alternate. Mr. Sherman, '95, opened the debate for the affirm ative. He is a fluent talker and is thoroughly at home upon the stage. His delivery and manner of opening the debate were excellent. He said that the question should be argued from the standpoint of a true Ameri can, avoiding all selfishness, 'lwo divided countries are a menace to each other and therefore should be united. The population of the two countries is largely kindred in nationality. Nature has made them a po litical unity. The commercial interests of both de mand political unit', because a commercial unity and a political unity arc inseparable. True American pa triotism demands a political union. The foundation of these arguments cannot be denied, said the speaker, and upon these fundamental planks he built his argu ment. Mr. Weaver, '95 was also on the affirmative. His success as a debater is due largely to his thorough preparation and his able and forcible manner of pre sentation. He has a remarkable clear way of stating his points and clinching them when once made. An swering his opponents and shattering their arguments is his forte. The first part of his debate was taken up in answering the arguments of the negative. He showed that the union would not produce diplomatic compli cations but would avoid them. It would not compli cate politics for all local government is vested in the separate states. The great agricultural West would not be injured but benefited. The debt question will not be a burden, for public improvements are constantly diminishing this load. The French-Canadians need cause no alarm. They have been assimilated in Louis nana, and in New England and in New York, there are 500,000 who make good citizens. Mr. Weaver then took up his own argument. Nature has made Canada and the United States physically one. This was recognized by the fathers in the Articles of Confederation and many eminent statesmen since that time. The two countries should be commercially one, but there can be no com plete commercial union without political union. Phy sical and commercial conditions alone would not justify the union, but the similarity of the two peoples in in stitutions and language warrants it. Three-fourths of the Canadians are English and the other one-fourth are French Canadians who can be readily assimilated Our perpetual peace policy and our policy of a small standing army demands the union. The same benefits will accrue to Canada as to the United States. Mr, McNeal, '95, is an excellent debater, if he don't look like it. He goes to the bottom of a question, and is loaded for any point that may come up. lie empha sized Mr. Sherman's point that nature had made the two countries a physical unity, and held that the ques tion should be discussed from an American stand point, and not as regards which country would gain or lose by the union. He showed that Canadian indus tries were owned largely by citizens of the United States, and cited the Canadian Pacific railroad as an example. The stock of this road is owned in the United States, and both termini arc in the United States. Political parties are divided on the tariff and other questions in Canada as here, showing the simi larity of the two peoples. Mr, McNeal devoted much attention to the Catholic question, and left the impres sion that his view was the correct one. The University of Nebraska is to be congratulated on having three such able debaters to represent h:r in the first contest with Kansas. Of course they are at a disadvantage in having to address a strange audi ence with few supporters, and in having to select one of the five questions bad ones at that which have been presented by Kansas. It will, however, be our turn next year. A.