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and at the minimum of expense to every citizen of Boston who has not by his own wilful act proved himself unworthy.
"This Club, therefore, is a civic institution which benefits and enriches our beloved city. It is true our furniture in time may fade a bit. Perhaps even some of those plates and glasses, by the aid of which we have just sumptuously fed, may possibly become broken. What is it that we must never permit to fade, but which we hope, five years, ten years, fifty years, and one hundred years from now, will be as untarnished, as bright and as fresh as the day the Club was founded?
"It is the two ideals or what seemed to me at least two among our stock of ideals, for which it seems to me the City Club stands.
"First, friendship; not a pretended variety of friendship, but a genuine sympathetic friendship among our members broad as this great cosmopolitan city of ours.
"Second, tolerance. But that does not seem to me exactly the word. Tolerance means merely taking another man's ideas on sufferance. Open-mindedness is perhaps a better expression. We are five thousand strong. We have among our members the man who hitches his wagon to a star. He has just been talking to you. (Applause.) We have also among our members the man who hitches his wagon to his grandfather. We have also the man who hitches his wagon to a dollar. The star gazer conceives the ideal, the dollar man tells us the material cost, and the ancestor worshiper tells us what his grandfather would have thought or done about it. (Laughter.)
"It is well to have all these viewpoints before we act. Even some of our grandfathers were pretty shrewd old men. We have among our members every variety of religious, of political, and of social opinion. If there is any kind of decent opinion on any subject which is not to-day represented among our membership, then we hope the next new member will enrich the Club by representing that opinion. (Laughter.)
"Our second ideal, it seems to me, is to prove that within the walls of this Club House we can sit down together and discuss our varying ideas and opinions in friendly fashion and with mutual respect and good will. May the time never arise when our friendliness will not be as generous and as cosmopolitan as our great city, and our open-mindedness and sympathy as broad as the human mind.
"If these two ideals of this Club survive, the influence of the Club will spread further and further, year by year, and its life will be prolonged far beyond the duration of these hospitable walls, though they be composed of enduring stone and brick and steel." (Long applause.)
The President. "It is only proper to say that Mr. Storrow speaks for himself, but that he also has partners for whom he might speak on this occasion, one of whom, Major Henry L. Higginson, (loud applause) is the first citizen of Boston and one of the best friends this Club has. I am not at liberty to tell you how good a friend he is, except to say just this, that during the past year there was one occasion when I felt that the interests of the Club required me to have an interview with Colonel
Higginson, and the strength and support of all sorts and kinds that I got from that interview were most helpful to this Club.
"He wanted to be here to-night, and it was a great disappointment for him not to be here; but I told him that every man in the Club was so fond of him and so interested in him that they would not forgive him if he stayed over here and then had to take that horrible night train to New York. That is the only reason he is not here." (Applause.)
(Songs by the Boston Quintet.)
The President. "I have spoken of the obligation of the Club to the long line of faithful servants of the past, and I cannot refrain from saying a word about the services that are rendered to us at the present time, and I can do this with propriety because the pressure of my work is such that much to my regret I have been unable to take that active part in the work of the Club that I should have been very glad to take. I have seen many business enterprises at close range and have known how they work when their heart and soul are in their work in business life; but I never have seen anywhere more zeal, more industry, more loyalty, and more intelligence than in the work of the men who are serving this Club. You all know the activity and the zeal and the efforts of Mr. Winship, and we all appreciate them. (Long applause.) You cannot realize the strain under which Mr. Fee and the other members of the House Committee have been during the last month. And they have carried the burden of their work admirably.
"Mr. Munroe in the Art and Library Committee has done splendid work.
"There has been no work more difficult than that of building up the membership of the Club, and Mr. Richards and his Membership Committee have done that most admirably. (Applause.)
"I have already spoken of the Finance Committee, to whom we owe much, and of the Executive Committee. I wish that every one of the men whom I have mentioned by name might stand before you and say something for himself and his work, but that cannot be done within the limits of the evening. I am, however, about to call upon a man who has served the Club with the utmost zeal, particularly during the last two years, when he has had the very responsible position of Chairman of the Executive Committee in addition to his obligations and duties as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Club. He has been indefatigable in his efforts to bring about those results that we all wanted in the business management of the Club, and he and his fellow members of the Executive Committee have served the Club admirably. I call upon Mr. W. T. A. Fitzgerald, who will speak upon the subject of 'The Financing of the Building Project.'" (Loud applause.)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
BE IT KNOWN that whereas Geoffrey B. Lehy, David F. Tilley, William S. Youngman, Joseph C. Pelletier, Charles V. Dasey, Frank V. Thompson, J. W. Beatson, Edward A. Filene, Randall G. Morris, Henry Abrahams, Alfred E. Wellington, E. A. Grozier, Elwyn G. Preston, George Holden Tinkham, and Richard Waterman have associated themselves with the intention of forming a corporation under the name of
THE BOSTON CITY CLUB,
for the purpose of the establishment and maintenance of places for reading-rooms, libraries, or social meetings, and to bring together socially persons interested in the city of Boston, and in promoting its welfare, and have complied with the provisions of the statutes of this Commonwealth in such case made and provided, as appears from the certificate of the
President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Committee of said corporation, duly approved by the Commissioner of Corporations and recorded in this office:
Now, therefore, I, WILLIAM M. OLIN, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that said Geoffrey B. Lehy, David F. Tilley, William S. Youngman, Joseph C. Pelletier, Charles V. Dasey, Frank V. Thompson, J. W. Beatson, Edward A. Filene, Randall G. Morris, Henry Abrahams, Alfred E. Wellington, E. A. Grozier, Elwyn G. Preston, George Holden Tinkham, and Richard Waterman, their associates and successors, are legally organized and established as, and are hereby made, an existing corporation under the name of
THE BOSTON CITY CLUB,
with the powers, rights and privileges, and subject to the limitations, duties and restrictions, which by law appertain thereto.
WITNESS my official signature hereunto subscribed, and the great seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts hereunto affixed, this twelfth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and six.
(Signed) WM. M. OLIN,
Secretary of the Commonwealth.
HONORABLE W. T. A. FITZGERALD
"Lest I be accused of political heresy, I think I will betake myself from the Republican side of the House with Senator Weeks and his cohorts over to the Democratic side where Congressman Gallivan and Governor Foss sit. (Loud applause.)
"Mr. President, Invited Guests, and Fellow Members. The Boston City Club dedicates to-night, on Beacon Hill, a monument to optimism, civic virtue, and real good fellowship.
"The success achieved by this great Boston institution was due to the optimism of Edward A. Filene and his early associates, to the desire
of the charter members to promote civic virtue in a safe and sane manner among all elements in the community, and to the practise of a liberal and unprejudiced good fellowship by all the members of the Club.
"One new building is close to the site of the beacon of long ago that served as a guide to mariners returning to their home port in the days when Boston ships sailed all the seas of the world, and let us hope that our Club House will serve as a landmark to attract all men in this community whose goal is honesty of purpose, square dealing, and right living. "In 1904, a few of the citizens of Boston were invited to assemble at the Hotel Bellevue to hear Mr. Filene relate his dream of an organization or club which would be a civic centre of Greater Boston, and would bring together all men interested in the promotion of the common welfare. As the dreamer talked his optimism and enthusiasm became contagious. Like a magician he waved his wand, and many willing hands came to help in the undertaking. A lively organization of public-spirited men came into being, and in 1906 the faithful six hundred who had enlisted in the cause marched victoriously up Beacon Hill, and took possession of the modest quarters that were to shelter them in two old-fashioned dwellinghouses.
"The membership increased with marvelous rapidity, and the family soon outgrew its first home. The Club decided to hold the hill, and the original six hundred, with ranks augmented to five thousand, and another thousand anxious recruits on the waiting-list, advanced to its new position on the hill, and erected this magnificent structure, which we dedicate to-night amidst pleasant and inspiring surroundings with the Courts of Justice on the east, and the gilded dome of the State House representing the 'Hub of the solar system' on the west, while to the north across the Mystic may be seen the immortal shaft on Bunker Hill, rising 'to meet the sun in his coming,' and on the south, at the foot of the hill, are the sacred precincts of Boston Common.
"I do not know what the future has in store for us, but it may be that in the course of time we may be obliged to extend our holdings to the west on Ashburton Place to Bowdoin Street, thence southerly to Beacon Street, thence easterly to the point of the beginning of the Boston City Club, and if that should ever come to pass it could hardly be considered more wonderful than the development of the present organization from the humble beginning of ten years ago.
"The great success of our organization has been possible only by reason of the untiring and unselfish efforts of its founders and those who have followed them in performing the work of the various offices and committees, and the courtesies of this occasion require that your attention should be called to them at this time. Let us, therefore, accord all honor and praise to our first President, Geoffrey B. Lehy (cheers and applause), and his successors, David F. Tilley, the second President (applause); Samuel J. Elder, of Yale (applause, cheers, and demonstration); and Frederick P. Fish (more applause and cheers); to the present incumbent, the dynamo of human efficiency; to the members of the early Executive Com
mittees and to their successors, now known as the Board of Governors; to the Club Secretaries, Messrs. Waterman, Wellington, Youngman, Bottomly, Barry, and Downey, and to Edmund Billings who acted as Secretary at all the preliminary meetings; to the Club Treasurers, Messrs. Tilley, Parker, Simpson, Minot, and Cooley; to the members of the House Committees, under the leadership of Messrs. Pelletier, Fee, Fuller, and Logue; to the members of the Entertainment Committees, under Messrs. Rothwell, Winship, Simpson, Doten, Fay, and Bennett; to the members of the Membership Committees, under Messrs. Falvey, Scannell, and Rogers; to the members of the BULLETIN Committees, under Messrs. Rothwell, Downey, Hubbard, and Coleman; to the members of the Art and Library Committees, under Messrs. Cox, Beeching, and Munroe; to the Special Committee of Five on Reorganization, which performed valuable work two years ago, under the Chairmanship of David A. Ellis; and to Messrs. Homer, Fay, Kirstein, Thurber, and Preston of the Executive Committee, who have done excellent work in bringing about the reorganization of the Club, and have relieved the Chairman of many of its burdens. "The President has been trying to steal my thunder at various intervals, and before he steals any more I am going to get something out of my system.
"Now, I have called the roll of some of the men entitled to great honor, and I am going later to come to the other five thousand members in this magnificent Club; but I desire to say at this moment, after the good 'father and founder of the Club had finished, he, like all great orators, thought that he had forgotten the best thing that he meant to say, and he whispered to me, 'Would it be agreeable to you to say a word of tribute and veneration and respect to another artist, Mr. Newhall, the architect of the Club?' (Cheers and applause.)
"He said, 'Now, if I were saying it I would say it this way. (Laughter.) Of course, what he meant, and I knew what he meant, was, that I was not a world power and did not have the dreaming qualification and I had not read the dream-book, like Governor Foss used to do. (Laughter.) But I said, 'I think I get your idea.' He wanted to pay a tribute of respect to the artistic temperament and ability of the man with the polish, the intellect - he wanted to pay a tribute of admiration and respect to him for the magnificent manner in which he grasped the ideal and the spirit necessary to build a typical American men's club. And that is what he has done, and I am glad to pay your tribute of respect at this time, Mr. Filene, to Mr. Newhall. (Applause.)
"Of course on this occasion, we must pay a special tribute of respect and bestow the degree of summa cum laude upon the Building Committee which has completed successfully the work of erecting and furnishing this magnificent structure, and a great tribute of respect and appreciation should go down from the Boston City Club to its Building Committee, to its Chairman, James W. Rollins, Vice-President of the Club (cheers and applause), C. H. Blackall, J. A. Coulthurst, Carl Dreyfus, David A. Ellis, James M. Head, John S. Lawrence, James P. Munroe, Bernard J. Rothwell, and John R. Simpson.