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Chapter 34: Overclubbableness

The word clubbable has come slowly into the dictionaries, though it originated with the prince of lexicographers, Dr. Samuel Johnson. Surely a word will soon be necessary to represent the higher degrees of clubbableness, so rapid is the growth, for both sexes, of this joint form of existence or action. Chinese and Japanese have their secret societies, and a net-work of these formed itself during the later Middle Ages in Europe; but never yet, and nowhere, probably, have quiet and respectable citizens plunged themselves so deeply into such organizations as here and now. Your neighbor unhappily dies some day. You had supposed him a placid and domestic man, known only to his own family and his fellow-clerks; but his obituary in the newspaper suddenly blossoms with mysterious initial letters and numbers, and his doors, on the day of the

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