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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1913

Women's Debating Society

Women's Debating Society.

Only one regular debate was held this term, when Miss Houghton, seconded by Miss Nicholls, moved: "That the legislative measures advocated by Eugenists are justifiable." Miss North and Miss Tolley opposed the motion, and a very interesting discussion followed. We wish to express our thanks to Miss England, who judged this debate, and to Mr. Watson, who judged the impromptu speeches at the next meeting. The subjects handed in for these speeches covered a very wide range, including Vegetarianism, Cremation, Indiscriminate Almsgiving, Gossip, and Boots. Much valuable information was given, and we should like to know if the judge has followed out the instructions of a certain recipe? The attendance at this meeting was good—18 members, of whom 13 spoke.

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On September 1st readings from 20th century poets were given by right members. Miss Myers was present at this meeting, and gave us a criticism of the essays sent in. The number of entries was disappointing, and one would like to see women students taking a little more interest in the Society. Those who do join our ranks all take an active part, but there are many others who could belong to the Debating Society and don't.

We held our annual afternoon tea on September 17th, when our President gave an address and presented the prizes won by members. Miss Nicholls won Miss Rogers's prize; Miss Tolley, Mrs. McPhail's prize for the speaker gaining most points during the year. The prizes won by Misses Houghton and Pemberton at the women's oratorical contest were also presented then.