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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1912

The Debate

page 26

The Debate.

The Debating Contest for the Joynt Challenge Scroll was held on Monday evening. Unfortunately, the report promised us by the judges has not yet drifted our way, so that a detailed account of the debate will have to stand over until our next issue. The contest took place in the Old Settlers' Hall before a crowded audience, and proved tremendously entertaining, despite the fact that certain "lewd fellows of the baser sort " persisted in making more noise than was seemly. However, as six of the eight contestants had spent several months advocating Prohibition from many sultry platforms, something in the way of a hostile demonstration was almost necessary to make them feel completely at home.

In the first round, F. G. Hall-Jones and G. W. Morice(V.C.) took affirmative, and argued that "compulsory Military Training is in the best interests of the Dominion," while C. Marsack and E. Kavanagh (A.U.C.) demonstrated conclusively that it is nothing of the kind. In the second round, the motion was affirmed by H. H. Cornish and O. C. Mazengarb (O.U.), and opposed by R. N. Gray and F. C. Spratt (C.C.). When the judges retired to consider their verdict, there was a fairly general impression that the Scroll would go to Otago; nevertheless, Victoria College were once again proclaimed the winners, to the uproarious delight of the supporters of the Gold and Green. The Colleges were placed in the following order:—Victoria, Otago, Canterburg, Auckland.