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HAVANA CLERKS HAVEMAGNIFICENT $2,000,000 CLUB
WITH MANY CO-OPERATIVE BENEFITS
A "Crazy Dreatner"" Founded it 32 Years Ago.
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The $750,000 Clubhouse of the Havana Clerks, Inset a Picture of
Its Founder, Felix Garcia, the "Crazy Dreamer."
I By William Shepherd.
Havana, Cuba, Feb.. 13.--Every
little while we Americans official
ly tell the Cubans how to behave.
But there are a few things the
Cubans do better than We db. For
instance, there is the clerks' club
of Havana. .
"A crazy youth," folks called
Felix Garcia, back in 1878. when
he began to talk about forming a
club of clerks. He wa only a
clerk in a dry goods store. But
somehow, he couldn't stop talking-
In Cuba, as in all other civilized
places, Garcia, saw that clerks
ield most uncertain places in so-
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ciety and commerce. They had
to dress well and keep clean on
small pay. They could not save.
Sickness or lack of work meant
Felix talked these things to
anyone who would listen. At
last Felix's boss got tired of it.
''You're crazy," he said to
Felix one day. "You're fired."
But that didn't stop Felix. His
clothes became tattered, his reg
ular meals stopped, but he didn't.
At last he got 70 clerks to form
There were no initiation or
special fees. Every member paid
$1.50 a month.