The ninth animal Normal Xews oratorical coat?st took place in Xormal hall last Friday night. The judges were Dr. Eliza T. llosher, Mrs. Edna Chaffee Xoble. Mr3. E. R. Sunderland, Rev. Lee S. McCollisíer, Hon. Thos. E. Barkworth and Ho:i. Wm. C. Maybury. There were two contests, the first being between four young lady studenis, as follows: Miss Lillian Dowiiing of Romulus, "International Arbitration"; Miss Ida Mann of Concord, "Vindication of Past Warefare"; Miss Mina 15. Weeseof-tíenton Harbor, "The Student of Today"; Miss Edith Todd of Jeddo, "The American Ideal.'' The prize was awarded to Miss Downing. The second contest was between the following gentlemen; Byron M. Cook, Ypsilanti, "The Needs of the Hour;" W. Glen Cowell, Quincy, "Napoleon Bonaparte;" R. Iloward Struble, Wateroliet, "Expediency and Right;" A. H. Murdock, Pigeon, "The United States the Sponson of American Liberty." The prize was won by Mr. Cook.