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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50

Living in the Clubs

Living in the Clubs.

There are two club organizations in which are enjoyed all the accommodations of a plain private family at the actual cost of living. A genteel white woman has charge of each, who is paid an agreed-on sum of money, and is allowed the board of her children and of a certain number of servants, for the following service, viz: To clean up the rooms daily, wash the sheets, pillow slips, and towels; wash clothing; cook and serve the food provided. Under this management, the clubs are like private families. The members of the club have their own organization—captain, commissary and secretary. They assess themselves, collect the same, and buy their own provisions, so that if insufficient or not of the right sort, they can only blame themselves. The matron is only responsible for the cooking and serving. The husband in each case pays his board the same as one of the students. Formerly the clubs were a nuisance, but this plan works admirably, and below is presented a perfectly reliable statement from one of the students, prepared by request: