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The Cantabrigia Club.

Grace S. Rice, Secretary.
The Cantabrigia Club entered the domain of clubs in March, 1892, its natal hour being auspiciously struck at the home of Mrs. Estelle M. H. Merrill, in the presence of a group of interested women who for the previous winter had been members of classes in current events under the leadership of their hostess.

Its origin was altruistic and its reason for being was a quickened impulse of charity and love for suffering. In discussing the evils of the sweating-system which was then being considered in a bill before Congress, and commenting on the sad social conditions revealed by official investigations, Mrs. Merrill spoke feelingly of the good a live woman's club might do in helping to create and hold a righteous public opinion that would wipe out these ills. The instant response was, “Let us have such a club,” and it was done.

The kindly thought, generous sympathy and a desire to “lend( a hand” were therefore the motives that sent the club forth among many kindred organizations, and made for its career not only a promising augury. but a noble birthright as well. It made, indeed, a responsibility, too; for the club which is brought together by an inspiration, has a standard to live up to that others may not claim, and to which it may not be recreant save at its own loss.

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