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Tuesday and Saturday are club nights – meetings of the Ollapod Club, so called, a literary and social organization, founded on the 18th of November last, and of quick growth in intellectual and moral force. We number at this present writing sixty members elected by ballot; and our terms as to qualification are studiously liberal, the object being to invite to the advantages and wholesome influences of the association every man in the asylum who has not rendered himself ineligible by notoriously vicious practices, or by such coarseness of manners and habits as brand him as socially intolerable. On the roll of the Ollapod Club may be found the names of men who, in their respective walks of life, have adorned and taught superior communities.
Here are divines, physicians, lawyers, writers, artists, teachers, merchants, and more than one scholar honorably known by his attainments in the exact sciences or criticism. In this connection, however, I would remark that the sedentary professions send to the Asylum a much smaller proportion of the whole number of confirmed inebriates than may he supposed. Of the three hundred and ten patients received here between the 1st of January and the 31st of December, r868, whilst ninety-three were clerks, eighty-two merchants, sixteen farmers, fifteen lawyers, nine brokers and bankers, and twenty-eight “independent gentlemen” of no occupation, there were but three clergymen, two physicians, two authors, two teachers, one artist, and two professional musicians; it is noticeable, also, that of the three hundred and ten, but five were printers, and not one an actor. Here is matter for speculation, – a fact to reconcile with a theory; but this paper is to be a practical statement, and I turn from the temptation.