Now the truth is that Englishmen are hard as nails, and quite capable of rigorous activity when necessity demands. Furthermore, the students of English collegiate institutions are not only well-grounded in history and politics, but remarkably fluent (at least the debaters) and flexible. There was no reason, as far as I could see, why a British team should not participate in at least two rounds of an American collegiate tournament, debating our question under our rules.

It seemed particularly appropriate, further more, to ask them to participate in a cross examination tournament, where the format would allow a type of give-and-take similar to the heckling and interruptions which occur on the floor of the various union societies. Consequently, in the Spring of 1953, we started the long chain of negotiations which led to Oxford's appearance at the Pitt Sixth Annual Cross-Examination Tournament, December 11-12, 1953.