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THE HE SPEX TAJt.
The debate, "Resolved that Bistnnrk's policy is tho
best, for tlio German people," followed, with A. A. Fnurot
oa the affirmative. Germany, a quarter of n century
ago, was a collection of petty powers with no executive,
no unity of thought, no national feeling. Germany to
day, is strong, centralized, practically democratic, and
dictates the policy of Europe. The change has been
brought about by the genius of Bismnrk. A half century
ago, liminnrk recognized that centralization was neces
sary. He forced unity upon the people. His victory over
the French raised his popularity. Ho has strengthened
the government and ameliorated the condition of the
people. The customs union, compulsory education, uni
versal suffrage, all are due to Bismnrk. If he has been
slow, he has been sure. If he has disregarded law, the
coiiHtitutiou, and the people, it has been for some good
object- His faults do not affect the result of his policy.
Mr. Faurot was ill at ease, and hesitated in his delivery.
This detracted from the force of his article.
.1. W. McCrosky sustained the negative. Bismnrk has
disregarded tlie people's rights; trampled upon the con
stitution; hampered private enterprise; restricted the
presB; and madethe government a despotism. Criticized,
ho points to Germanin, queen of Europe. Freedom at
home is sacrificed for prestige abroad. Content is only
apparent. The true feeling is shown by the emigration
to America of IJOO per day. Bismnrk's government re
quires an immense standing arm', with resultant enor
mous taxes and enforced service. A government relying
qu suppression of free criticism is weak. The empire
leans on Bismnrk. Wlieu he dies, no other mind can con
tinue his course; Germany will pass through the revolu
tion he has only retarded. But for him, Germany to-day
would have liberal government. He ib the evil genius of
Mr. McCrosky wb animated, earnest., and natural.
Ho appealed directly to the audience.
Wm. O'Shea executed " Lizzie Polku," on the cornet,
with admirable clearness and precision. Being encored,
heroBpondedwith, " When the Swallows Homeward Fly,''
playing the last strains with the mute.
The essayist r the program was F. C. Taylor, who
t rented of "A Cuming Corporation." Therisingpolitical
importance of " trusts'' was noted. They have their
evils, but. they serve great purposes. The highest devel
opment of our resources requires great aggregations of
capital. The substitution of niuuicipal for private cor
' porntions was urged. The safety valve of the Great
West has enabled America to neglect economics. Europe
can teach us lessons. In Glasgow public lodging-housesi
wash-houses, hospitals, and stra't-rail ways are owned by
the municipality. They are operated with great saving
to tho poorer ciassos, and profit to the city. English
cities are following the example. Why not we? By mu
nicipal lodging-houses the rent question would be settled;
crime and vice would decrease. Other enterprises could
bo operated advantageously by the city. Increase of
duties and responsibility would produce better city offi
cials. Office tenure could be during good behaviour.
Borne changes in city gaveniment necessuiy, but results
worth while. The essa' was eiitedaining and instruct
ive. A monotonous rise and fall of emphasis somewhat
marred the delivery.
" Was He a Statesman," wis the title of an oration by
Miss Minnie DePue. Anarchy iB one of the worst evils.
Such was the condition of Rome when the battle of tho
Collinc Gate mado Sulla her master. Ho saved her from
destruction, and delayed tho empire. His object was to
build up the prosperity of Rome. True he persecuted and
confiscated, but his measures were good. To his friends
he was loyal. Ho was the first to recognize tho rights of
municipalities in the state. His legislation was almost
uniformly wise. He was a temporary dyko against tho
current towards empire. When he became a private citi
zen, his power remained the same. There was no greater
man in his period. He was a statesman.
The oration was marked by terse, graphic descriptions.
The orator had a fine, graceful stage appearance. Her
voice was remarkably clear and expressive. She was
animated and thoroughly in earnest.
Mr. Brigham closed the program with a vocal solo,
"Dreams," which gave an opportunity of showing tfce
great compass of hiB fine voice.
The audience then dispersed as far as tho outer doors
of the University. An unexpected thunder-shower pro
vented exit. Many were the inward groans as the
thought of hack-hire flitted through tho minds of poor
students. Carriages were in such demand that it was 1
a.m. before all could get away.
UNIVERSITY UNION EXHIBITION.
The audience at the Union Exhibition, Saturday, Juno
7th, was scarcely as large as on the preceding evening,
but was very fair. A largely increased number of um
brellas showed that Friday night's experience was re
membered. Mr. J. B. Barnaby appeared as the first on the pro
gram, with a boss solo, "My Native Country," which
was well executed. Continued applause brought only a
bow of acknowledgment.
A eulogy of "Charles Stewart Parnell" was then de
livered by F. F. Almy. Parnell comes from a union of
A.glo-Irish and Yankee stock. He is of quiet., thought
ful disposition, imbued with strong patriotism. He en
tered Parliament with a purpose to better tho condition
of the Irish people, and soon became leader of the ''home
rule" party. He originated the "obstruction policy,"
and helped organize the Land League. Progress towards
home rule was hindered by the rash acts of the Irish. At
lost tlie Pornellites gained balance of power in the Com
mons. The government resorted to the notorious Times
forgery. The overthrow of the case helped Ireland's
cause. The tory government must fall. The liberals will
grant home rule. Parnell has won the victory. He is
one of the most devoted, sagacious, loyal, and unselfish
statesmen that ever led a country through peril to
Tlie eulogy was perhaps too minute in its biographical
details for tho highest interest. It was carefully written.
Mr. Almy spoke with extreme deliberation. His delh'gry
jacked animation, and was too didactic
An oration, "A Phase of the Labor Question," was
next listened to. It was delivered by Miss May Tower.
This article was strikingly original in both matter and
delivery. If all the faces of Gideon's children could be
combined by composite photography, there would be
two faces the workingman and the workingwoman.
A;d oh, the misery there would be in that woman's
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