The Oratorical Contest in University hall last Friday night was best ever held here, and was said by those who have attended some of the eontests of the League to excel any one of them up to date. The contestants had prepared themselves faithfully for this meeting, and the results were apparent in thi-ir productions. The class partisans of some of the contestants made greit demonstration fortheir favorites, and the musie of the tianjo and Mandolín -clubs was very enthusiastieally received. Bayard H. Ames was given first place, his subject being "Castelar." Mr. Ames comes f rom Colorado, where he was prominent in oratorical work in his school days, and has taken high rank in the Oratorical Association here ever since entering the University. Last year he was tied for second place in the Oratorical Contest, and he is Class Orator of the senior class this year. Charles II. Simons, who dealt with the life of John Brown, and whose treatment of his subject was pleasantly original, was given second place. The other contestants in the order of their rank were, Messrs. lierkebile, Lathers, Bonman, Messrs Chandler and McCreary being tied for seventh place, and TaUiiii. Gor. Pingree was very pleasantly received as the presiding orlicer of the evening. He amused the audience aH evening by his eontinued references to the"rumors f rom the supreme court," but seemed to be not in the least disturbed by them. He read a short address on oratory, but made no attempt at oratory himself. His ment ttuit there never was greater need i of orators than dovv was reeeived with I equal smiles and laughter, by both the governor and his audience. The results of the contest assures us a strong representative in the intercollegiate contest, which will be held in this city May 7.