There is hardly an institution at Harvard which is so little understood and so beneficial as the Foxcroft Club. The club is essentially a dining club. Last year it became apparent to a few of the officers of the college that something must be done to accommodate the constantly increasing number of men who do not live in the immediate vicinity of the college but who require some quiet room in which to study during the day, and some place in which to get inexpensive lunches. The corporation was induced to buy the house at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets, to fit up the rooms on the ground floor for the use of the present Foxcroft Club and to arrange the eight rooms in the upper part of the house as a regular college dormitory.
The club has a general reading and smoking room, a library which is always quiet for those who wish to study, a wash room and two dining rooms. About one hundred and fifty men take one or more meals at this club each day, and there is still a large waiting list. Thirty men take lunches only. All the meals are served a lacarte. It is the main purpose of the club to serve thoroughly good food at cost. Tea, coffee and cocoa cost three cents; a glass of milk, two cents; various kinds of bread, one cent; pies, five cents; cold meats, ten cents; eggs, eight and ten cents; soups, five cents; roast beef or mutton, twelve cents; vegetables four or two cents; pudding, five cents;. There are various other dishes at the discretion of the steward. Last year some men paid only two dollars per week for board; this year they will pay a little more. Men may board very well for three dollars a week.
The affairs of the club are carried on by the Steward, who is under the direction of a house committee, composed of students, which, in turn is under a Board of Directors, composed of students and officers of the college. All the work is done by students-it is so arranged that eight men are enabled to do enough work to pay their board.
The club is carried on a cash basis. Board bills are paid at least weekly. This is the only source of revenue. Since every thing is sold at cost, all improvements and alterations have to be paid by subscriptions. It is estimated that $18, 000 will be required to carry on the club this year.
A certain amount of club life is rapidly being developed and encouraged, for one of the purposes of the club is to aid those men who are so unfortunate as not to get acquainted about college.