1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
Published by: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
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Mason County

The Lotus Club
Page 498

The Lotus Club is one of the Havana institutions that ought not to be overlooked in the history of the times.

It was formerly the custom of men in all grades of society to meet in the public saloons to talk over business matters, politics, or whatever was uppermost in their minds, as well as to join in social games and the social glass. Five years ago, somewhere about a dozen of first-class men joined themselves into a society, as named above, for social recreation, scientific discussions and intellectual pursuits, the transaction of business and discussion of business enterprises, and rented a large upper room and furnished to for that purpose. Neither gambling or drinking (except pure rain water), is allowable.

The number of attendants is not so large as it has been, but those who continue to go there find it a very comfortable and agreeable place in which to spend their leisure hours in conversation, reading and other pursuits. It is a place that many distinguished people have visited and been delighted with, and, what is still more remarkable in this land of republican simplicity, it has not unfrequently been honored by the presence of kings and queens, that have made themselves quite useful, as well as ornamental, in "playing such fantastic tricks, before high heaven, as make the" other fellows weep.

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