THEMES FOR DEBATE.
Following are one hundred and fifty topics for debate. The
more usual form in their presentation is that of a direct
proposition or statement, rather than that of a question. The
opponents then debate the "affirmative" and "negative" of the
proposition. It is well to be very careful, in adopting a
subject for a debate, to so state or explain it that
misunderstandings may be mutually avoided, and quibbles on the
meaning of words prevented.
THEMES FOR DEBATE.
Which is the better for this nation, high or low import
Is assassination ever justifiable?
Was England justifiable in interfering between Egypt and the
Is the production of great works of literature favored by
the conditions of modern civilized
Is it politic to place restrictions upon the immigration of
the Chinese to the United States?
Will coal always constitute the main source of artificial
Has the experiment of universal suffrage proven a success?
Was Grant or Lee the greater general?
Is an income-tax commendable?
Ought the national banking system to be abolished?
Should the government lease to stockgrowers any portion of
the public domain?
Is it advisable longer to attempt to maintain both a gold
and silver standard of coinage?
Which is the more important to the student, physical science
Is the study of current politics a duty?
Which was the more influential congressman, Blaine or
Which gives rise to more objectionable idioms and localisms
of language, New England or the West?
Was the purchase of Alaska by this government wise?
Which is the more important as a continent, Africa or South
Should the government interfere to stop the spread of
contagious diseases among cattle?
Was Caesar or Hannibal the more able general?
Is the study of ancient or modern history the more important
to the student?
Should aliens be allowed to acquire property in this
Should aliens be allowed to own real estate in this country?
Do the benefits of the signal service justify its costs?
Should usury laws be abolished?
Should all laws for the collection of debt be abolished?
Is labor entitled to more remuneration than it receives?
Should the continuance of militia organizations by the
several States be encouraged?
Is an untarnished reputation of more importance to a woman
than to a man?
Does home life promote the growth of selfishness?
Are mineral veins aqueous or igneous in origin?
Is the theory of evolution tenable?
Was Rome justifiable in annihilating Carthage as a
Which has left the more permanent impress upon mankind,
Greece or Rome?
Which was the greater thinker, Emerson or Bacon?
Which is the more important as a branch of education,
mineralogy or astronomy?
Is there any improvement in the quality of the literature of
to-day over that of last century?
Should the "Spoils System" be continued in American
Should the co-education of the sexes be encouraged?
Which should be the more encouraged, novelists or
Will the African and Caucasian races ever be amalgamated in
the United States?
Should the military or the interior department have charge
over the Indians in the United States?
Which is of more benefit to his race, the inventor or the
Is history or philosophy the better exercise for the
Can any effectual provision be made by the State against
Which is of the more benefit to society, journalism or the
Which was the greater general, Napoleon or Wellington?
Should the volume of greenback money be increased?
Should the volume of national bank circulation be
Should the railroads be under the direct control of the
Is the doctrine of "State rights" to be commended?
Is the "Monroe doctrine" to be commended and upheld?
Is the pursuit of politics an honorable avocation?
Which is of the greater importance, the college or the
Does the study of physical science militate against
Should "landlordism" in Ireland be supplanted by home
Is life more desirable now than in ancient Rome?
Should men and women receive the same amount of wages for
the same kind of work?
Is the prohibitory liquor law preferable to a system of high
Has any State a right to secede?
Should any limit be placed by the constitution of a State
upon its ability to contract indebtedness?
Should the contract labor system in public prisons be
Should there be a censor for the public press?
Should Arctic expeditions be encouraged?
Is it the duty of the State to encourage art and literature
as much as science?
Is suicide cowardice?
Has our Government a right to disfranchise the polygamists
Should capital punishment be abolished?
Should the law place a limit upon the hours of daily labor
Is "socialism" treason?
Should the education of the young be compulsory?
In a hundred years will republics be as numerous as
Should book-keeping be taught in the public schools?
Should Latin be taught in the public schools?
Do our methods of government promote centralization?
Is life worth living?
Should Ireland and Scotland be independent nations?
Should internal revenue taxation be abolished?
Which is of greater benefit at the present day, books or
Is honesty always the best policy?
Which has been of greater benefit to mankind, geology or
Which could mankind dispense with at least inconvenience,
wood or coal?
Which is the greater nation, Germany or France?
Which can support the greater population in proportion to
area, our Northern or Southern States?
Would mankind be the loser if the earth should cease to
produce gold and silver?
Is the occasional destruction of large numbers of people, by
war and disaster, a benefit to the world?
Which could man best do without, steam or horse power?
Should women be given the right of suffrage in the United
Should cremation be substituted for burial?
Should the government establish a national system of
Will the population of Chicago ever exceed that of New
Should the electoral college be continued?
Will the population of St. Louis ever exceed that of
Should restrictions be placed upon the amount of property
Which is more desirable as the chief business of a
city—commerce or manufactures?
Which is more desirable as the chief business of a
city—transportation by water or by rail?
Should the rate of taxation be graduated to a ratio with the
amount of property taxed?
Will a time ever come when the population of the earth will
be limited by the earth's capacity of food production?
Is it probable that any language will ever become
Is it probable that any planet, except the earth, is
Should the State prohibit the manufacture and sale of
Should the government prohibit the manufacture and sale of
Should the guillotine be substituted for the gallows?
Was Bryant or Longfellow the greater poet?
Should the jury system be continued?
Should the languages of alien nations be taught in the
Should a right to vote in any part of the United States
depend upon a property qualification?
Can a horse trot faster in harness, or under saddle?
Should the pooling system among American railroads be
abolished by law?
Is dancing, as usually conducted, compatible with a high
standard of morality?
Should the grand jury system of making indictments be
Which should be the more highly remunerated, skilled labor
or the work of professional men?
Which is the more desirable as an occupation, medicine or
Should the formation of trade unions be encouraged?
Which has been the greater curse to man, war or
Which can man the more easily do without, electricity or
Should the law interfere against the growth of class
distinctions in society?
Which was the greater genius, Mohammed or Buddha?
Which was the more able leader, Pizarro or Cortez?
Which can to-day wield the greater influence, the orator or
Is genius hereditary?
Is Saxon blood deteriorating?
Which will predominate in five hundred years, the Saxon or
Should American railroad companies be allowed to sell their
bonds in other countries?
Should Sumner's civil rights bill be made constitutional by
Does civilization promote the happiness of the world?
Should land subsidies be granted to railroads by the
Which is the stronger military power, England or the United
Would a rebellion in Russia be justifiable?
Should the theater be encouraged?
Which has the greater resources, Pennsylvania or Texas?
Is agriculture the noblest occupation?
Can democratic forms of government be made universal?
Is legal punishment for crime as severe as it should be?
Should the formation of monopolies be prevented by the
Has Spanish influence been helpful or harmful to Mexico as a
Which is of more importance, the primary or the high
Will the tide of emigration ever turn eastward instead of
Should the art of war be taught more widely than at present
in the United States?
Was slavery the cause of the American civil war?
Is life insurance a benefit?
How to Make 32 Kinds of Solder.—1. Plumbers'
solder.—Lead 2 parts, tin I part. 2. Tinmen's
solder.—Lead 1 part, tin 1 part. 3. Zinc
solder.—Tin 1 part, . 4. Pewter solder. Lead 1 part, bismuth
1 to 2 parts. 5. .—Equal parts copper and zinc. 6.
Pewterers' soft solder.—Bismuth 2, lead 4, tin 3 parts.
7. Another.—Bismuth 1, lead I, tin 2 parts. 8. Another
pewter solder.—Tin 2 parts, lead 1 part. 9. Glaziers'
solder.—Tin 3 parts, lead 1 part. 10. Solder for
copper.—Copper 10 parts, zinc 9 parts. 11. Yellow solder
for brass or copper.—- Copper 32 lbs., zinc 29 lbs., tin
1 lb. 12. Brass solder.—Copper 61.25 parts, zinc 38.75
parts. 13. Brass solder, yellow and easily fusible.
—Copper 45, zinc 55 parts. 14. Brass solder,
white.—Copper 57.41 parts, tin 14.60 parts, zinc 27.99
parts. 15. Another solder for copper.—Tin 2 parts, lead 1
part. When the copper is thick heat it by a naked fire, if thin
use a tinned copper tool. Use muriate or chloride of zinc as a
flux. The same solder will do for iron, cast iron, or steel; if
the pieces are thick, heat by a naked fire or immerse in the
solder. 16. Black solder.—Copper 2, zinc 3, tin 2 parts.
17. Another.—Sheet brass 20 lbs., tin 6 lbs., zinc 1 lb.
18. Cold brazing without fire or lamp. —Fluoric acid 1
oz., oxy muriatic acid 1 oz., mix in a lead bottle. Put a chalk
mark each side where you want to braze. This mixture will keep
about G months in one bottle. 19. Cold soldering without fire
or lamp.—Bismuth 1/4 oz., quicksilver 1/4 oz., block tin
filings 1 oz., spirits salts 1 oz., all mixed together. 20. To
solder iron to steel or either to brass.—Tin 3 parts,
copper 39-1/2 parts, zinc 7-1/2 parts. When applied in a molten
state it will firmly unite metals first named to each other.
21. Plumbers' solder.—Bismuth 1, lead 5, tin 3 parts, is
a first-class composition. 22. White solder for raised
Britannia ware.—Tin 100 lbs., hardening 8 lbs., antimony
8 lbs. 23. Hardening for Britannia.—(To be mixed
separately from the other ingredients.) Copper 2 lbs., tin 1
lb. 21. Best soft solder for cast Britannia ware.—Tin 8
lbs., lead 5 lbs. 25. Bismuth solder.—Tin 1, lead 3,
bismuth 3 parts. 26. Solder for brass that will stand
hammering.—Brass 78.26 parts, zinc 17.41 parts, silver
4.33 parts, add a little chloride of potassium to your borax
for a flux. 27. Solder for steel joints.—Silver 19 parts,
copper 1 part, brass 2 parts, Melt all together. 28. Hard
solder.—Copper 2 parts, zinc 1 part. Melt together. 29.
Solder for brass.—- Copper 3 parts, zinc 1 part, with
borax. 30. Solder for copper.—- Brass 6 parts, zinc 1
part, tin 1 part, melt all together well and pour out to cool.
31. Solder for platina—Gold with borax. 32. Solder for
iron.—The best solder for iron is good tough brass with a
N. B.—In soldering, the surfaces to be joined are made
perfectly clean and smooth, and then covered with sal.
ammoniac, resin or other flux, the solder is then applied,
being melted on and smoothed over by a tinned soldering