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How far the second clause has outdone and outshone the first, is known to all who know anything of the history of women's clubs. From the New England Woman's Club and its cousin Sorosis, founded a month later in New York, has grown the great network of clubs which, like a beneficent railway system of thought and good-will, penetrates every nook and corner of this country.

Our mother was one of the first vice-presidents of the Club, and from 1871 to her death in 1910, with two brief intervals, its president. Among all the many associations with which she was connected this was perhaps the nearest to her heart. “My dear Club!” no other organization brought such a tender ring to her voice. She never willingly missed a meeting; the monthly teas were among her great delights. The Journal has much to say about the Club: “a good meeting” ; “a thoughtful, earnest meeting,” are frequent entries. “Why!” she cried once, “we may be living in the Millennium without knowing it!”

In her “Reminiscences,” after telling how she attended the initial meeting, and “gave a languid assent to the measure proposed,” she adds:--

“Out of this small beginning was gradually developed the plan of the New England Woman's Club, a strong and stately association, destined, I believe, to last for many years, and having behind it, at this time of my writing, a record of three decades of happy and acceptable service.”

The Club movement was henceforth to be one of her i widest interests. To thousands of elder women in the

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