Cambridge varsity votes to give degrees to women

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Cambridge varsity votes to give degrees to women

May 22 in LONDON. Cambridge University was unable to grant degrees to women by a vote of 1,713 to 662. The undergraduates, who are practically unanimous in opposing the idea, were in a state of wild excitement. There was a lot of effort made by both sides to whip up non-resident voters. A special train was put on for them at King's Cross and early trains from Liverpool Street filled with clergymen, medical men and others going down to vote.

The St. James Gazette states that voting began at one o clock on the first resolution: That it is desirable that the title of bachelor's of arts be conferred by diploma upon women who satisfy the examiners in the final tripos examination and who have kept nine terms at least. At the opening, ninety non placets were recorded before a single placet was registered, and ended as predicted, with the graces being withdrawn.

The result was declared in a scene of the wildest excitement, fireworks of all kinds thrown by the crowd among the voters. The Senate House yard members of the Senate took part in a friendly exchange of fireworks and flour bags, and leading University men took part in the fun and horseplay.