WORKING MEN'S CLUBS.
TO XHB EDITOB.
Sir, —I have been induced to-write in the interests of the working men of Duhedin to try and: i'uibitute- a' club of, their, owncn •similar lines to those''.already established in »Wellington and Napier.' • -•-."' "- _- v ■ If some- influential member -of society eould he persuaded to; inaugurate the pro* Xicedioga by giving a' donation towards it, similar to what was dqrie ; in Wellington by the late Mr JLkvein and others, there isxo <lo,ubl a start would soouVJo made, and Dhnerlin would be even with .otho^.centres in promoting good feeling' aqcl uniformity of union'in .matters' per|ainSng'.'to' social and educational idvancemerite-in our City. I/have, visited both the' Wellington and Napier Working Men's. Clubs, and noted with pleasure 'the completeness, cleaulinesrj and respectability of these establishments in respect to" accommodation \ for members. They have libraries, reading-rooms' with ail the Home and colonial papers, monthly anci other journals, with other Beside this they have lending-libraries similar to our Athenoeum. Another item whioh is very important'.: they' have a social hall, with a musical; society composed ■ of '■' their own members,-who practise once a week, and at intervals they have music and J singing, all supplied to the members and their wiveß and children' free, which of itself is a' greai boon; and they,also have billiard, chef B f and card rooms, where members can pass a few hours pleasantly together. ' ■ ■'"' They have the usual bar for refreshment* 9 ' but none are supplied in the rooms, only hi. the bars, aud no excess is allowed in either of these places. : The management is by a president and members of committee, who are balloted for every year. The subscription is moderate—l2s 6d per year—and - the refreshments are coffee, tea, etc., at 3d per cup; ale, 3i per glass or 4d per pint/ The members Have great privileges, as hereinbefore mentioned.
I think the time has arrived when the establishment of a club similar to what I have described would be a great boon to the working men of Duncdin, and I trust it may lead up to setting the work going, when»the people can come forward and "say: "We will have a club that shall emulate anything that is now in force in New Zealand " ; and the sooner the move is made the better in the way of promoting this most desirable object.—l am, etc., Au'gustin. Duncdin, October 28.
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WORKING MEN'S CLUBS., Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897
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