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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50

Literary Societies

Literary Societies.

There are two societies of young men connected with the University, viz: The "Athenian," and the "Union Literary." These societies have spacious and well furnished halls in the University edifice, and hold weekly meetings for improvement in debate, declamations, oratory and composition.

These societies are in a flourishing condition, and form a most important means of culture, especially in speaking and writing.

An address is delivered before them, united, during commencement week, and diplomas are given to such members as belong to the graduating class.

On October 21, 1878, these societies petitioned for night meetings, and the Faculty granted permission on the following conditions, viz:
1.That gas be introduced into the halls, and no separate lamps or lights be used therein.
2.That the University Janitors be entrusted with the fires; and
3.That there be no disorders consequent on said night meetings.

The young women also have a literary society. (See Ladies Department, page 62.)