1 Mar 1907
“Resolved, That government ownership of natural monopolies is best for the public good,” was the subject of an interesting debate in the Senior Class in Economics Monday and Tuesday. Affirmative speakers: G.T. Overstreet and Miss Florence G. Jackson. Negative: B.W. Payne and Miss M.M. Houston.
On the first day an hour and a half was taken up by the speakers in presenting their main arguments. On the second day nearly an hour was taken up by Payne and Overstreet in rebuttal. Both sides had spent much time and labor in preparing their arguments and the efficiency and weight of the arguments on both sides were shown by the fact that according to vote of the class the debate was practically a draw, four members of the class voting in favor of the negative and three members and Professor Morrow voting in favor of the affirmative. Professor Scrinber, with her Sophmore Rhetorice <…>, visited the first day of the debate.
Other visitors were President Murrill, Miss Ballentine and Miss Boynton, and on the second day, Mr. J.C. Russell. Miss Ross, the acting president of the class, was ill those two days and Mr. H.R. Merry was elected to preside, Mr. H.F. Mitchell was timekeeper.