students; for it is not difficult in these days of altruistic zeal to secure the services of whatever men are needed for such work, as is abundantly proved by the very name of the Harvard Volunteer Committee
, organized a year ago to systematize and distribute to the best advantage the beneficent activity of the college.
If Old Cambridge seems less amply provided than Cambridgeport
, judging from the number of sites occupied with institutions of the class we are now considering, it is because the one just mentioned, the Cambridge Social Union
, occupies a larger field than the others and occupied it earlier.
From the year 1871, when it was founded through the efforts of Mr. William M. Vaughan
, its free reading-room, its library and its weekly entertainment as well as its classes, have offered ample and rational resource to all in this district of the town whose evenings are not apt to be spent at home or in houses of friends.
Ever since in December, 1889, it moved into the building which it at present occupies, the famous old Brattle House, the Girls' Club — a branch of the national association of working Girls' Clubs, then a year old in Cambridge
— has been a tenant under its roof.
The Cambridge Boys' Club, also for years hardly more than a privileged tenant, now an organic part of the Social Union
, deserves mention here because of its age which is venerable for such an organization.
When it was started a quarter of a century ago by Miss Anne Abbott
, as an offshoot from the Social Union
, clubs of that sort were far less common than they are to-day and ought to be for many a day to come.
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union has established branches in Cambridge
, North Cambridge,