Wentz, Elmer E. 1943
'-!High School Debaters Discuss i *^ Post-War World Federation At yesterday's Kiwanis lunch- Mr. Callahan, for the negative, eon, Mrs. Mack C. flicker's High School debaters discussed postwar plans for a coalition of world powers to bring permanent peace. Elmer E. Wentz treated members with_ cigars in .honor of his birthday and Ray M! Callahan was awarded the weekly attendance prize of war stamps. The debaters were in charge of Joseph Rumberger, president of the Debaters Club. Mi'. Rumberger and George Nyce took the affirmative stand on the question: Resolved that a Federal World Government Shall Be Established. Alice Patterson and Richard Callahan upheld the negative side. Mr. Nyce presented the world federation case, stating that to bring law and order and justice among the nations of the world this permanent organization should embrace three branches — Excutive, legislative and judicial. The world would be divided into eleven regional zones, each zone having its police force, with a master mobile corps with members selected from each zone. Representation in each federation could be set up on a literacy basis and no nation would surrender any of its sovereign rights except those to wage war. This plan would embrace the Atlantic Charter. pointed out the weaknesses of such a world federation, discussing revenues and how the costs would be raised, and the differences in common -interests, customs and speech^St - : Inebriations His counter-suggestion was that ol a constitution based on the ^Atlantic Charter and a 4-powcr coalition with the two great nations Great. Britain and the Unitec States taking the leadership. He used the two strong points of the Atlantic Charter to support his argument that th;re would 'be nc aggrandizement and that the signers would respect the right of thc people to choose' their own form of government. Miss Patterson in rebuttal anc summation discussed the fallacy of membership in the federation on the literacy basis, the language differences and the unlikelihood of voluntary membership. In summing up for the affirmative, Mr. Rumberger pointed ou that the cost of one World Wat would finance a World Federation for 20 years, while a four-power coalition would antagonize the rest of the world. By education over a period of years the work would finally educe a method 01 avoiding war, he said.