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Cosmos, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1910, Cedar Rapids, Iowa THE COSMOS COE COLLEGE APRIL 1910 NO J4 COE-RIPON DEBATE With argument clashing from start to finish Coe debated Ripon College in the first inter-collegiate debate held under the auspices of the new triangular league composed of Carle- Ripon and Coe Colleges. The victory is especially satisfying in view of the fact that Coe had the only team in the league to win on the negative side of the question. The subject of City Government. The argument was well outlined and clearly presented by both teams. Mr. Malcolm opened for Ripon. He cited authority to show that a fusion of legislative and admin- istrative departments as provided in the commission plan was desirable and maintained that such a fusion would lead to efficiency. Mr. Archie for in a persuasive pointed out the evils of our present city govern- ment and showed how they could be cured by direct attack rather than by changing the system of government. He also asserted that no fixed plan could be successful in all cities. The argument of the affirmative was further continued by Mr. mer Johns who attacked the ward system and pointed out the advan- tages of election at large. His speech was very effective. Mr. D. Paul the sec- ond speaker for with much earn- estness and force assailed the argu- ment of the affirmative and showed how election at large would result in the election of inefficient and unrepre- V Mr. Haydn closing for Ripon in a clear and. forceful cited the experience of Cedar and various cities hav- ing the commission and con- tended that experience everywhere had proved the plan to be a success. Mr. Edgar Furniss spent the first part of his speech in refutation that could not be met. Continuing the constructive he showed that the fusion of functions advocated by the affirmative would result in in- efficient legislation and administration. In a stirring he pointed out the utter impracticability of such a plan in our large cities. The rebuttal was fought hard. For Preston and Fagerstrom did excellent work. Furniss missed no argument the affirmative 233
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