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The University Club's session was brought to a close last evening with a highly interesting and instructive lecture on German universities, delivered by Mr J. Smyth, M.A. Dr Black presided, and there was a large attendance. The life of the German students, their social relations, and their systems of studies were graphically depicted by the lecturer, and the custom of duelling was particularly dwelt upon with interest. It had been stated, he said, that the German universities began where the English universities left off, that the matriculation examination of the Germans practically corresponded with the English B.A. examination. He confirmed this impression, and briefly sketched the course of some of the studies pursued in Germany. He had ample opportunity, he added, of assessing the abilities of a great many students including students from America, and he could siy that lie had met just as able students in New Zealand.— (Applause.) He felt that any student who attended the Otago University and conscientiously took advantage of the opportunities afforded him need not be ashamed to take his place in any of the great universities of the Old Country if he ever contemplated continuing his studies abroad. —{Loud applause.) On the motion of Mr C. C. Hutton, 8.A., seconded by Mr J. M'Phee, a hearty vote of thanks was tendered Mr Smyth. During the evening Miss J. Arndt played a violin solo, Miss Platts and Mr J. Howlison contributed a duet (which was redemanded), while a reoitation was delivered by Mr A. M'Kerrow. A vote of thanks to Dr Black and to those who contributed musical and other items was carried on the motion of Mr Bertram, and the proceedings then terminated.

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UNIVERSITY DEBATING CLUB, Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897

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UNIVERSITY DEBATING CLUB Evening Star, Issue 10429, 25 September 1897