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A few of the titles of papers read before the club may serve to indicate the drift of thought and taste. It will be observed that there is a preference for the satirical handling of social ab­surdities. “The Hindoo Girl of the Period”; “Meteoric Phenomena, and Theories concerning them”; “Curiosi­ties of Music”; “Opera Bouffe and Ballet”; “The Sensational Drama”; “The Hub and the Tire” (Boston and Chicago); “The Social Aspects of Shoddy”; “The Gentleman and the Gentlewoman”; “Pantomime, Bur­lesque, and Puppets”; “The Art of Conversation”; “In Search of a Sub­ject”; “Wit and Humor, English and American”; “Arctic Exploration and Adventure”; “Amarapoora, the City of the Immortals”; “A Review of the Life of the Duke of Alva”; “My Farm in Flanders”; “Madame Recamier and Madame Tallien”; “George Frederick Cooke, Actor and Drunkard”; Debate : “The Oath in Courts of Justice, – should it be abolished?”

The proceedings of this club are conducted with exemplary decorum, the discussion of religious or political questions being strictly tabooed. At the close of the literary exercises, it resolves itself into a free, social circle, when the members gather about the small round tables, reading, chatting, or engaged in games of chess, whist, euchre, and cribbage. The monthly “receptions,” to which an appreciative public is invited, are polite reunions of the most pleasant character.