University of Wisconsin Superior - Gitche Gumee Yearbook (Superior, WI) - Class of 1927 Page 118 of 208
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In the local Normal oratorical contest which was held on the afternoon of January 18, William Foley was awarded first place, which carried with it the position of school orator. Second place was won by Ben Usan, while Miss Elvira Thompson received third. Foley’s oration in this contest was entitled. “La Follette, a Prophet of Democracy.” Usan spoke on "A New United States,” while Miss Thompson's oration was on the subject, "Modern Barbarism.” The other contestants were: Arthur Larsen, Lawrence Wilbur, Charlotte Marshall, and Paul Louisell.
Elvin Churchill won first place in the extempore speaking contest held January 19. Charles Hutchinson was given second place in this contest, and Ernest Hillman received third. The general topic was, "Th« Political and Economic Problems of the Middle West Farmer.”
Foley represented Superior in the state inter-Normal oratorical contest held at Eau Claire Normal March 18. His oration which he delivered in this second contest was entitled, "Southward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way.” He tied for third place in this state contest, which was won by River Falls.
Superior was represented in the state extempore contest by Elvin Churchill, school extemporaneous speaker, who received fourth place at Eau Claire.
Both Foley and Churchill were coached by Miss Nona MacQuilkin.
Ben Usan, alternate orator, and Robert Connery, President of the Superior Normal Forensic League, represented Superior at the business meeting of the Wisconsin State Normal Forensic League, held at Eau Claire.
The prizes for oratory, which were given by Mr. Frank T. McNally, an alumnus of Superior Normal, and a former orator of this school, were awarded to William Foley, school orator, and to Ben Usan, alternate orator. Foley was given the first prize of fifty dollars in gold, and Usan was given the second prize of twenty-five dollars.
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GIRLS’ DEBATING TEAM
Question: "Resolved. That the Trial by Jury Should Be Abolished."
A debate was scheduled with the girls' team of Hibbing Junior College, April 18, but due to the sudden illness of one of the debaters, the contest had to be cancelled.
Miss Thompson has debated two years with the state team, and was with Denfeld. of Duluth, before that.
Miss Kisdon was a member of the girls' team that defeated the girls' team from Northland College two years ago.
Miss Olson was one of the triangular debaters of Superior Central High school.” Page 119 text: “ Ofw J itcfic Quince
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The imperialism of Great Britain has been a subject which American sentiment has loudly bewailed. Her crimes in India, her misdemeanors in Africa, her injustice in China have furnished material for many eloquent denunciations which American audiences have vociferously praised. We have taught the children in our schools to regard with horror the competitive acquisition of landed properties. The right of each nation, however small, to self-determination has been one of our unwritten laws. At spheres of influence, we have raised our pious eyebrows as we would at gambling dens, flourishing under the protection of unscrupulous hypocrites. So thoroughly did we disapprove of the insidious imperialistic policy of benighted Europe, and so earnestly did we desire that its contaminating influence should never violate our Western hemisphere, that we formulated that opinion in the Monroe Doctrine. In this document, we proclaimed to the world that we had crossed our fingers against ever allowing our sinful brothers across the seas to come over to our unsullied continents for the purpose of interfering with the unhampered development of the nations on their soil. Pleased with our own self-righteousness, most of us have been content to reflect upon ourselves as the self-appointed guardians of weaker nations—as the hope of the down-trodden in this bad world of empire-mad nations.
But behold! In this twentieth century, upon arousing ourselves from a dream of self-congratulation, we are confronted by an extraordinary spectacle. While we have been unaware, one of the most significant phenomena of this century has been taking place under our very eyes. A persistent force, rarely called by name, is increasingly making its presence felt, among us. Coming into being under the sheltering wing of the Monroe I)oc-trine, it has been fostered unwittingly because it claimed to be the companion of peace, progress, civilization, and culture. And now as it grows to maturity and assumes its horrid shape, we recognize it. The thing which we hated, we have become. American imperialism is staring us in the face.
The international press today is aflame with this truth. Our government is assuming toward the smaller countries geographically and politically within our reach a definitely aggressive policy. The French L'Humanite proclaims that "The American imperialism of 1927 is more dangerous than Germany's was in 1914.” The London Spectator remarks that Central and South America recognize that the Monroe Doctrine, which was originally presented to them as a shield, is fast assuming the form of a dagger. The people of these countries look toward the future with serious apprehension. The Berlin Lokal-Anzeiger is quite outspoken in its conviction that the policy of North America is now showing "itself in its true colors, as a policy of might against the independence of small countries.” "North American imperialism, at one time overbearing, at another time conciliatory, shrewdly calculating the main chance in every complex situation with a foresight that envisages centuries, never acting on impulse, never forgetting, insensitive, unafraid, pursuing its world policy with complete prevision,—that imperialism is the most efficient agency of conquest that has ever been exhibited in the history of the world."
During the last thirty years, it has underlain the activities of our country to such an extent that today, the United States is tampering with the human rights of over thirty-six million people, not one of whom is a voting member of our republic. We have "intervened by force at least thirty times in the internal affairs of nine supposedly sovereign and independent nations.” Our investments in the coutries which lie in the neighborhood of the Caribbean Sea alone amount to over three billions of dollars. In four of these states we have our own collectors of customs. The United States controls all agencies of public opinion in these countries, and has the cables in its hands. In an endless number of different ways we are subordinating to our purposes these Latin-American countries, wonderfully productive and capable of almost unlimited development. "Never in the course of history has the world witnessed a process of expansion so irresistible and so marvelous."
Our immediate motives at the time of action have always seemed to be sound, in 1898 we rescued Cuba from Spanish misrule. We assumed a virtual protectorate over”
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