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New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, January 12, 1902, Image 38

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"I find as 1 grow older that I enjoy giving
«r>or« and more of my time to my 'home' club.
Which, after all, is the best of all clubs."
Thus spoke a prominent Brooklyn clubman a
few days ago, and lie followed it up by sending
bis resignations to four clubs. He still belongs
to three or four social organizations, but prom
ises to continue the thinning out process still
This brings out a well established fact that
New-Yorkers are tbe most intent clubmen in
the world, and as a rule belong to more Hubs
than the nun of any other city. There are 157
clubs in tins ciiy, with a membership of nearly
KMUMHI, distributed among :JN.<MK> individuals.
These figures do not include secondary dubs,
such as country, golf, camera, art, literary and
Quasi-scientific, of which there is a vast anil ever
Increasing multitude.
There are many names in the latest club di
rectory which are followed by kmg lines of dub
initials. One well known public man is an ac
tive member of twenty-five dubs m this city
and the immediate suburbs. Hi' belongs to
other clubs In various parts of the country
Which are not included in the list of twenty
five. He is a member of more dubs than any
other man in the I'nited States, perhaps, and
most people will have little trouble in guessing
his name. Several other New-Yorkers run him
a close race so far as membership in local clubs
is concerned There are three or four men who
belong to at least fifteen clubs, exclusive of sec
ondary organizations, and one who has a list of
twenty to his credit.
"We have gone club crazy," said a man promi
nent in official life the other day. He had just
received notification of his election to his
" 'steenth" club, and was wondering what had
induced him to apply for membership. "Yes
sir, we're club crazy. There was a time when a
man was satisfied with one big club, and swore
by it. His friends were there, and they swore
by th*» same dub. He got to know them and
their ways, and they learned his. Those were
happy days.
"And how is it In these strenuous times? You
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can't count the big clubs on your finders, and
most of us think we have to belong to them all.
The "id <lut> crowds an- all broken up. The nci
drift around from club to chib, and are dissatis
fied with the whole proposition, it would be
Impossible for oik- t<> become Intimate with ;i
hundredth part of the nun who are bis fellow
members. It Is always a case of a u>ss of a
<-oin a.s to where one will dine, and lik«- as not
you'll run Into the very men you desire to avoid.
"No one can explain why such a state of af
fairs has com.- to pass. It cannot be that we
join clubfl ju&t t" acquire lonK'-r records In the
social directories. Yet. perhaps, that has some
thing to do v\ ii 1111 111 1 it. We are all engaged in a
race to keep ahead of the other fellows, ami
they an- usually our most intimate friends. 1
know bow it was in my case. As soon as my
business was well on its feet and I could begin
to enjoy myself l began to look around for a
club. The other men I knew well did nut belong
to clubs. I tinally found on.- which took me in,
and 1 was more proud over that notice of elec
tion than of any of those I have received since.
I Mill belong to that little lirst club, though I
have not been inside its doors for years. As my
prosperity and aquaintance increased I added
more clubs, and others after them. Now I'm
actually burdened, but i have not the courage
of our Brooklyn friend, l can't throw them over.
though I agree with him that home is the best
club of them all."
"How many clubs would you say an active
public or business man in more than comfort
able circumstances could use to an advantage ?•
the clubman was asked.
"It depends on many things. Most men do
not use more than two clubs, though it Is often
convenient to have membership in more. Nearly
every one can use a social club which may or
may not be of political importance. Then one
needs a business or professional club. The col
lege club usually attracts the interest of its
alumnt. Even if they seldom have an oppor
tunity of using it their membership helps keep
the club moving, and it la undoubtedly of real
assistance to the young fellows Just out of col
lege, who can have no other club connections
Then, of course, the family must be taken Into
consideration, although most of the clubs In
which they are interested come in the second i-y
class. A good uptown family club, a country
club and a golf dub should cover this fleld."
Washington is looking forward to a material
increase in Its social gayety when Senator
C'hauncey M. Depew installs his bride in the
famous I'orr.ran house this week. The formal
reversion for Mrs lh>peu ■will be. it is said,
only the first of a series of entertainments
Mrs. Depew was Miss May Painier. The wed
ding took place last month in Nuv,
From I/Independance H*»lpe.
The management of a la<!i<-*' club In ' > "' < ''^
after advertising for a chef, revived an *W~J
cation from an Individual who said he required
no wages. The committee »a? mrious to fc 3o *
the reason for so dis!nt»-r»»«=ted a proposal, &nd
learned that the candidate SMS a writer wt*
desired to produce a baolj t'u women's i-luba. TM
committee promptly rejected his offer ■■ **
gaged a female cook.

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