State collegian. (State College, Pa.) 1904-1911, December 15, 1904, Image 1

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Vol. 1, No. 11
9.00 P. M. Reception to Berzelius
Chemical Society at Dr. Pond’s
Basket Ball, State vs. Altoona A. A.
at Altoona.
7.00 P. M. Forum, 367 Main. A
full attendance is desired.
9.30 A. M. Episcopal service in
foyer of the Auditorium.
11.00 A.M. Chapel. Bishop Tal
bot will preach.
7.00 P. M. Mathematical Society
Room 116 Main Building.
11.10 A. M. Christmas vacation be-
State=Dickinson Debate.
The semi-final debate for the
championship of the Inter-collegiate
Debating League of Penn’a, between
State College and Dickinson took
place last Friday evening, December
9th in Bosler Hall, Carlisle. A large
attendance of students and town
people showed the interest taken in
the contest. Dickinson, was repre
sented by J. Edgar Skillington, 'O7
Willard J. Amthor, ’O7 and Arthur
C. James’os. State’steam was com
posed of Wm. F. H. Wentzel, ’OB,
Lloyd B. Smith, ’O6 and Raymond
Remick, 'OB. The presiding offi
cer was Hon. Filmore Maust of
The question debated was ‘ ‘Re
solved, That Labor Unions are in
imical to the public welfare.” State
STATE COLLEGE, PA., DEC. 15, 1904,
upheld the affirmative. Mr.
Wentzel opened the debate for State
by defining the question and outlin
ing the argument for the affirmative.
He took the position that unions are
contrary to good government, and
showed that the great increase in
their power and the consequent
tendency toward Socialism are in
jurious to good government. Mr.
Skillingcon opened the negative.
He stated that to win the debate,
the affirmative would be required
to prove that the labor unions are
responsible for the evils which are
attributed to them; that the harm
they do overbalances the good;
that the country would be better if
they were done away with. His ar
gument dwelt on the benefits to the
laboring classes accomplished by
trade unions, such as abolition of
child-labor, etc.
Mr. Smith continued the affirma
tive by arguing that labor unions in
crease the cost of production, up
hold the closed shop, cause strikes
and boycotts, and are based on
wrong principles, constituting a
monopoly which is not applicable to
all workers in society.
Mr. Amthor spoke next on the
negative. He claimed that organ
ized capital denied labor the right to
organize. That Capital oppressed
labor, making trade unions a necessi
ty to relieve this oppression. To
substantiate his argument he quoted
John Mitchell and Carroll D. Wright.
Mr. Remick spoke next, contend
ing that labor unions assail man’s in
dividual right to work for whom he
pleases, for what wages he wishes
and as long as he chooses, thus de
priving him of originality aud indi
vidual initiative, arguing that such a
course would in time lower America
in her rank among nations
Mr. James claimed strikes take
place in localities where no labor un
ions exist, giving Belgium as an ex
ample. He claimed that labor un
ions are praiseworthy and accom
plish the things they stand for,
dwelling on arbitration to a large ex
The Judges Silas S. Neff, Ph. D.
of Philadelphia, John L. Carver, A.
M. of Philadelphia, and Robert
Snodgrass of Harrisburg gave a un
animous verdict in favor of the
After the debate an informal re
ception was held at which refresh
ments were served.
All the members of the team speak
highly of the entertainment they re
ceived at Carlisle, and especially of
the friendly spirit which the stu
dents there manifested toward them.
General Chaffee Coming.
Although not officially announced,
it is definitely understood that Gen
eral Chaffee, Commander-in-Chief
of the United States Army, will be
present at the college during
Commencement week next June,
and his presence, together with that
of other distinguished military offi
cers, will lend an added interest to
the military functions of the week.
The Thespians are preparing a
new constitution in order to place the
organization on a more permanent
basis and in the near future they
expect to secure separate quarters in
which to hold all meeting and trials.
The trip arranged for February has
been cancelled but will be taken the
first week in March. In all proba
bilty the play selected for this year
will be a straight comedy.
Price Five Cents