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Mr. Duncan, of whom I really think as a friend, called the anti-business attitude of the Administration, despite that, if we can help you now, ask us. If we do not help you when you ask us, show us up. Is not that fair? We will try. We have our office here in Boston. We are anxious to serve. It is what we are for. We have no excuse in being, except for that, but we cannot serve you unless you let us know. If you do let us know, we may not be able to do so then; but if we are able to serve you, we will serve you or take the consequence." (Applause.)
LUNCHEON TO MAYOR KIEL OF ST. LOUIS
On July 3 the Club tendered a luncheon to Hon. Henry W. Kiel, Mayor of St. Louis. Vice-President Fitzgerald presided, and the following speakers were heard: Hon. George W. Coleman, Postmaster William F. Murray, and Mayor Kiel.
LUNCHEON TO WILBUR C. PHILLIPS
On July 14 a luncheon was tendered Mr. Wilbur C. Phillips, Secretary of the Committee on Unit Organization, Washington, D. C., which has for its object the centralization of charity work. Vice-President Fitzgerald presided, and the following gentlemen spoke briefly, followed by Mr. Phillips: Hon. Samuel J. Elder, H. Staples Potter, John N. Cole, Addison L. Winship, E. T. Hartman, March G. Bennett.
AMERICAN CITY BUREAU
A group of about thirty students of the American City Bureau, who are studying to specialize in municipal and civic work, visited the Club on August 3d, and made an inspection of the new building with all its facilities, after which they were addressed by John Nolen, on the subject of "Commercial and Social Advantages of City Planning."
George S. Smith, a former member of the Board of Governors of the Club, spoke informally to the students on the work of the Club, explaining its methods and accomplishments; after which the delegates had luncheon.
On August 27 the Club tendered a luncheon to the visiting Governors. Governor Walsh presided, and the following were the speakers: Governor Winfield S. Hammond, Minnesota; Governor Frank M. Byrne, South Dakota; Mayor Curley; former Secretary of the Navy George von L. Meyer.
Mr. Meyer spoke on the subject of National Preparedness, and his remarks became the subject of the afternoon session of the Governors' Conference at the State House.
The Executive Committee has authorized the publication of a book showing concisely the facilities offered by the Club and a general outline of Club service. This book will be published in a few weeks. There follows briefly a statement of a few of the attractions of the house:
The Club House, situated at Somerset Street and Ashburton Place, containing fourteen floors, is entirely used for the convenience and accommodation of the members. Membership 5,500, non-resident 500. There are a few vacancies in the non-resident list.
WHAT THE CLUB DOES
The Club is governed by its Board of Governors and the following committees: Executive, House, Entertainment, Art and Library, Auditing, Membership, Bulletin, Finance. The Club does not carry on an active propaganda for or against public men or measures.
The House provides dining-rooms on the eleventh floor, where luncheon is served, the grill-room in the basement, where the service is à la carte, open until 12 o'clock P. M. Numerous private diningrooms, with a capacity of from 10 to 500, special arrangements for which may be made wtih the Manager, and the Auditorium, seating 1,200 persons, available for evening meetings or entertainments under the auspices of the Club, a large main lounge with adjoining rooms for informal conferences, and the library, containing 7,000 volumes of miscellaneous literature, and the reading-room, where practically all the current periodicals and newspapers are on file.
On Thursday evenings each week the Entertainment Committee provides an entertainment.
The barber shop operates four chairs and is supplied with every modern appliance for the accommodation of members. The bootblacking stand is located in the barber shop.
The billiard-room contains 8 billiard and 6 pool tables. The room is also provided for games, such as dominoes, chess, checkers, etc. Below the billiard-room will be six bowling alleys, ready for use about November 1st.
Private apartments for members. The House contains sixty sleeping rooms, furnished in a substantial and attractive manner. Many of the rooms contain private showers or tub baths. There are showers and baths for general use. Each room is equipped with telephone service, and a large number of the rooms are reserved for transient use, at moderate price.
The Club issues a monthly Bulletin containing a review of the preceding months and announcements for succeeding months.
Guest cards may be issued by members to persons who reside forty miles or more beyond the limits of the city of Boston, for a period of not more than two weeks, without special vote of the Board of Governors.
At the office on the first floor may be found a complete line of imported and domestic cigars. The Club intends to carry such brands as may be desired by the members, and special attention is given to box trade. Morning and evening papers are on sale at the cigar
Members may have their mail sent in care of the Club.
REDEMPTION OF DEBENTURE BONDS OF THE CLUB On July 20, 1915, the Board of Governors passed the following vote:
Voted: "That the amount of the special annual (building) assessment of five dollars per member for the year 1915, which shall be collected up to the first day of September, 1915, be applied to the redemption of debenture bonds of the Club of either issue, at the par value of the bonds redeemed and accrued interest thereon, to October 29, 1915, the date hereby appointed for such redemption. Notice shall be posted in the Club House September 25, 1915, and inserted in a number of the Club BULLETIN to be mailed on or before September 25, 1915, stating that on or before October 25, 1915, but not after that date, applications in writing will be received by the Treasurer from owners of bonds of the Club of either issue, offering the same for redemption, and that the total amount of the special annual (building) assessment for the year 1915, collected up to September 1, 1915, will be applied toward the redemption of the bonds so offered, at par and interest accrued to October 29, 1915. Each offering shall state the number and serial letter of each bond offered; otherwise it will not be considered. Said redemption shall take place at the office of the Comptroller in the Boston City Club building on or after two o'clock P. M., October 29, 1915, at which time and place payment will be made on the bonds redeemed upon delivery of the same, at par and accrued interest to that day. Interest on the bonds to be redeemed will cease on that day.
If more bonds are offered than can be redeemed by the
amount above named, which is available for the redemption of such bonds, the bonds, out of those offered, which shall be redeemed shall be determined by lot as follows: On a separate piece of paper shall be written the number and serial letter of each bond offered. These several pieces of paper, each bearing the number and serial letter of a bond so offered, shall be placed in a receptacle, thoroughly mixed together, and withdrawn, one by one, and listed in the order drawn until the numbers of sufficient bonds to exhaust the amount available for their redemption, as above provided, have been drawn. If toward the end of the drawing there is not a sufficient balance remaining to redeem a bond of the size next to be redeemed, as determined by the number next drawn, the balance available shall be applied to that bond in multiples of fifty dollars as far as it will go toward the payment of said bond with accrued interest to October 29, 1915, and the remaining par value of said bond shall be represented by a new bond to be delivered to the member entitled thereto, interest on both bonds to be adjusted as of October 29, 1915. Any cash remaining, less than fifty dollars in amount, shall remain in the treasury of the Club. The drawing shall take place at the Comptroller's office in the Boston City Club building at ten o'clock A. M. on October 27, 1915. The Secretary and Treasurer of the Club shall superintend the drawing. The Secretary shall draw the numbers from the receptacle and the Treasurer shall list them. In case of the absence of the Secretary or Treasurer, the President or, in his absence, a Vice-President, shall appoint some one from the Board of Governors to take his place.
If sufficient bonds are not offered for redemption on or before October 25, 1915, as above provided, to exhaust the sum available for the redemption of such bonds at par and interest accrued to October 29, 1915, the Board of Governors will thereafter arrange to draw by lot from the bonds of the Club of the second issue, namely,, those due May 1, 1924, and not already offered for redemption, a number of bonds for redemption suffcient to exhaust the amount available for the redemption of bonds as above provided; all in accordance with the vote of the Club of March 10, 1914, and the terms of the second debenture and of the bonds issued thereunder."
The sum available for the redemption of debenture bonds as provided by the above vote is $27,715.
Those who wish to offer bonds for redemption in accordance with the above vote should note the following:
1. All owners of bonds of either issue may offer their bonds for
2. Such offer should be made in writing to the Treasurer on or before October 25, 1915.
3. Each offer must state the number and serial letter of any bond offered; otherwise no offer will be considered. Such number and serial letter appear on the face of the bond.
4. The bonds to be redeemed will be determined by lot from those offered for redemption. For the method of determining which bonds will be redeemed, see the provisions in the above vote. The drawing will take place October 27, 1915, at ten o'clock A. M. in the office of the Comptroller.
5. Bonds which have been drawn for redemption may be redeemed at the office of the Comptroller on and after two o'clock October 29, 1915. Interest on all bonds drawn for redemption will cease October 29, 1915.
JAMES E. DOWNEY, Secretary.
Below is a list of the clubs with which the Boston City Club has reciprocal relations. Members of the Boston City Club may have all the privileges of these clubs by presentation of his membership card in the Boston City Club, such privileges being extended on a cash basis.
Albany Club, Albany, N. Y.
Arkwright Club, 320 Broadway, New York City.
City Club, Baltimore, Maryland.
City Club, Chicago, Ill.
City Club, Hartford, Conn.
City Club, Kansas City, Mo.
City Club, Milwaukee, Wis.
City Club, St. John's Newfoundland.
Commercial Club, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Commercial Club, Omaha, Neb.
Commercial Club, Washington, D. C.
Ellicott Club, Buffalo, N. Y.
Moline Commercial Club, Moline, Ill.
Underwriters' Club, 18 Liberty Street, New York.
Beginning October 1, breakfast will be served in the main dining
room on the 11th floor instead of the grill room, as heretofore.