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“ [53] the novel you have been reading?” the president would demand. Then followed a report, serious or comic, as the character of the volume or the mood of the meeting suggested. A series of abbreviated criticisms was made and a glossary prepared: for example,--

B. P.--By the pound.

M. A. S.--May amuse somebody.

P. B.--Pot-boiler.

F. W. B.--For waste-basket.

U. I.--Uplifting influence.

W. D.--Wholly delightful.

U. T.--Utter trash.

The officers consisted of the Glossarian, the Penologist, whose duty it was to invent penalties for delinquents, the Cor. Sec. and the Rec. Sec. (corresponding and recording secretaries) and the Archivist, who had charge of the archives. During its early years a novel was written by the Club, each member writing one chapter. It still exists, and part of the initiation of a new member consists in reading the manuscript. The “delicious fooling” that marked the first year of the Town and Country Club's existence was the animating spirit of the Papeterie. A friend christened it “Mrs. Howe's Vaudeville.” Merrymaking was her safetyvalve. Brain fag and nervous prostration were practically unknown to her. When she had worked to the point of exhaustion, she turned to play. Fun and frolic went along with labor and prayer; the power of combining these kept her steadily at her task till the end of her life. The last time she left her house, six days before her death, it was to preside at the Papeterie, where she was as usual the life of the meeting The

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