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A Boiler House Meeting

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A special meeting of the North Main street boiler house club was held last evening. It was largely attended, Dennis O'Rafferty occupying a large lump of coal which had rolled down from the pile. The Church street member sat astraddle of the car track, contentedly smoking a cigar that he had borrowed from the Washtenaw avenue member. The president called the meeting to order in the usual manner by striking the boiler with the coal shovel so hard that he chipped the right hand corner. He stated that the object of the meeting was to take action in reference to the approaching second annual May festival. It was one of the greatest events of the kind in the northwest, and while the people of Ann Arbor were giving it generous support, the interest should be awakened to pushing the great event in a systematic manner. He therefore proposed that the club discuss ways and means to help increase its success. Dennis O'Rafferty taking his clay pipe out of his mouth, said that as now peace had been restored in the little pills department, he was for the music. There had always been harmony in the school of music and that the club had made an enviable record in its work in behalf of the building of the Frieze Memorial hall. At present there was no one thing which was doing so much to make the University of Michigan known among refined, cultured people who, while not always devoted to the practical studies of life, enjoyed the arts. Music was a refining influence. The Spring street member said he believed it was the duty of every citizen of Ann Arbor to use his personal endeavors to make known to all his correspondents the particulars of the May festival by seeing that a Festival Journal was placed in the hands of each one. While the University Musical society had been fostered by the people of Ann Arbor, it was essentially a matter of state pride, every taxpayer in the state being practically a stockholder in the university. The Miller avenue member introduced a resolution which was unanimously adopted, recommending that every citizen immediately assist in the distribution of the May Festival Journal. The Washtenaw avenue member arose and remarked that he would like to bring upon important matter which was interesting many citizens; it was the ----. At this point the archivist's dog espied the engineer's cat, and in making a leap for the animal knocked over the railroad man's lantern doing service for the meeting.' As the boiler room was dirk, the president declared the meeting adjourned. The members, as they filed out, remarked that there was malaria in the air, and they thought they had better take precautionary measures.