The growth of the Cooperative Society merits attention. When it was founded it had but a single room in which to do business, it ventured to deal only in books, and the amount of its money transactions was very small. Today it does a business of over a hundred thousand dollars a year; it has found it necessary to enlarge its quarters again and again until it occupies a large part of Dane Hall and has also taken rooms elsewhere; and it has widened its scope of business so as to include not only books but furniture, men's furnishings, tailoring, and, lately, shoe-repairing. It is today one of the leading cooperative stores of any description in this country, and is, beyond question, the foremost among college cooperative societies. Its nearest rival is the society at Yale and there, so far as can be learned, hardly more than one-third the total annual business is transacted. The society here is taken as a model the country over; constantly are letters of inquiry about methods received, and some of the more distinctively Harvard forms of blank-books and the like are supplied from here to many other colleges.
The conduct of the business in the past has been such that students can have only the warmest words of gratitude for it. Alertness, enterprise, and sagacity have always been shown. any extension in the business, sanctioned by so cautious and able a management, will be welcomed. The successful application of the principle which governs the society will surely benefit the students, no matter to what branch of trade it is applied. The society shows a disposition to concern itself with those articles which most inevitably enter into the accounts of students, and it must be given a high place among those agencies which make for a reduction of college expenses.