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THE decision of the Board that Memorial shall be kept open during the recess, and that those who are absent from Cambridge shall be charged half price, is, perhaps, on the face of it, somewhat unfair; but the same notice that gave the above information threw some crumbs of comfort to the members by assuring them that the decision had only been arrived at after a full discussion of many plans. One of these, it seems, was to close the Hall entirely, a course which experience has proved would result in a debt of $1,000 that would have to be made up by an increased rate of board during the succeeding months. It might also result in a more serious loss, namely, in that of the cooks, who are too good to be rashly parted with. To keep the Hall open, and to charge all expenses on those who boarded in it during the recess would be putting too heavy a burden upon those who remained. The weekly pay-roll is about $1,600, and at least three hundred members are required to meet running expenses. In the light of these facts it appears that the plan adopted is after all the quickest in operation, and at the same time the "easiest and most nearly just one."

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