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OXFORD.—In spite of the large majority in favour of the preamble of the statute allowing women to enter for certain University Examinations, the statute was again opposed on March 11, on being brought up by Council after amendment. After a lengthy debate, the statute was carried by 107 against 72. The chief arguments used against the measure were based on the alleged unfairness to men in allowing women to compete under no restrictions of time and residence, and for portions only of any examination; and on the evil to the health of women which might arise from their competing with men. Mr. Pelham, of Exeter, pointed out that the statute was not one to confer degrees upon women, but to make Oxford an examining body for the various centres of female education in England, and enable it to confer certificates which would have a recognised value. Mr. Sedgwick read letters from the heads of Newnham and Girton, at Cambridge, showing that the health of the students was excellent.

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