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HALIFAX, N. S. 
I'lUNTKD BY JAMES BOWES & SONS. 
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I. 

This Association shall be known as the Halifax Club. 

II. 

'I'he Halifax Club siiall consist of not more than two 
hundred members, exclusive of honorary, supernumerary 
and ])rivih!<:c.(l members. 

III. 

Politics and reli<rious questions of every description shall 
b(! excluded from the objects of the Club. 



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Each cundi<late for admission shall be proposed by one 
member, and seconded by another, and the candidate's name 
and usual phu-e of residence, his rank, profession, or other 
<lescri})tion: iind also the name of the proposer and seconder 
shall be inserted at the time ot the proposal in the book of 
Candidates. 

V. 

The ballot for members shall take place on the first 
"Wednesday in each month, to commence at thi'vc and to 



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close at Jive o'clock, W M. Xo ballot shall \\v valid unless 
thirty nieinbers actually vole. Mrwl one Mack hall in ten shnll 
exclude. A paper dated and signed by the Secretary, 
containing the names and descriptions of th«' candi«lat»'s. 
together with the several j)roposers and seconders, shall be 
put up in one of the public rooms of the Club, at least a 
week before the day of ballot. 

VI. 

On the admission of each new member, the Secretary shall 
notify the same to him, and furnish him with a printed copy 
of the rules. He shall also reqiu'st him to remit the amount 
of his entrance fee and subscription to the Treasurer. 

VII. 

No member shall be a<lmitted to ballot for a candidate, or 
vote on any occasion whatever, or to enjoy any of tlu' privi- 
leges of the Club, imtil he shall have paid his admission fee 
and subscription. 

VIII. 

The entr.ance money, payable on admission to the Club, 
shall be Twenty Pounds, and the annual subscription Five 
Pounds. All sul>scriptions shall be payabli' on the first day 
of January, in each year, after which day no notice of with- 
drawal shall exempt the retiring member from the payment of 
the current year's subscription. 

IX. 

Should a new mendier not pay his admission fee and first 
year's subscription within three months from his admission 
into the Club, if in America, or within twelve months if 
abroad, the Secretary shall report the circumstance to the 
Committee who shall cause his name to be erased from the 



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list of MombtM's. unless lio <;siii justifv the jIcI.mv to tin' satis- 
faction of the Cominittoo. 

X. 

From suul after tlu' first dav of Fobniary in rach vear. no 
Tnembcr of the Club shall be allowed to vote at a ballot, or to 
net as a member of the Committee, until he shall have paid 
his subscription for the current year. 

XI. 

The name of evt^ry member failinj^, before the first day of 
February, to pay his anmial subscription due on the first day 
of Jamiary, shall be hun<r up in the ])ublic room on the first 
day of February ; and if the subscription be not paid on or 
before the 31st of March, ensuin<r, the defaulter shall cease to 
be a member of the Club, and his name shall be erased by 
the Committee from the books. 

XII. 

Any member leavino- the Province, may, on written a])pli- 
<*ation to the Committee, become a " Supernninerary Mem- 
ber," and, durinjj; his absence, be exempt from the amiual 
snbscription. lie shall be liable, however, to the payment 
of his animal subscription for the year in which he dejiarts 
from the Province, siud for that in which he returns to it. 
and shall be immediately admitted to all the privileges of the 
Club, on his a<!quainting the Committee with his return. 

XIII. 

Officers in Her Majesty's Army and Navy, and persons 
holdin<j: Civil and Military appointments under the Imperial 
Government, who may be stationed in Nova S(!Otia for an 
indefinite period, and any other persons who shall satisfy the 



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Committed tluit their residence in this countrv is temporary 
iind |)reesirious, and snbjjM-t to l)e terminated by the oeeur- 
ren<*e ot'eireumstances l>evond their control, shall he eli"ril)le 
tor cle<'tion hy hullot, as members, without payment of en- 
trance tee, but subject to an annual subscription of Six 
Pounds F'"ive Shillings, or a semi-annual subscription of 
Four Pounds, and to the Constitution and regulations of the 
Clul). i^cneiullv : such members to be denominated '' Privi- 
leged Members," and to enjoy all the advantages of the Club, 
excej)t that of being elected members of the Committee oi" 
voting in anv way in the affairs of the Cliib. 



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XIV. 

Kiirh Candidate proposed as a Priyilegcd Mendjer, shall 
hv stated to be so on the list of Candidates for election, 
which is posted in the public room ; and no candidate to bt; 
a Privileged Mendier shall be placed on the said list unless 
noli<'e be given to the Committee one week previous to the 
•lay on which ho is proposed, and until the cause of the pri- 
vilege has been sanctioned at a subsequent meeting of the 
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XV. 

The Committee shall have the power to admit as •'Ilonor- 
ai'V Members." the Lieutenant Governor of the Province, 
the General <'omnian<ling the Troops in this garrison, and the 
A<lniiral cnmnianding the Fleet on this station, such llonoi- 
ary JNfembi'rs to pay no entrance fee or s\d»scription ; and 
tlu\v may also admit to tin; jn'ivileges of the Club, such dis- 
tinguished sti'ang»M's visiting this city, as It may seem proper 
tt» ott'ei- such compllmont to; — but such persons are nc^t to 
liMVc tilt' iMitrance to the Club for a lou'jer time than four- 



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loen Havs. nn<l the resolution adraittinGf thorn shall b«» airroofl 
to l)v at least two-thirds of the Committee. 

XVI. 

There shall be five Trustees, in whom the property of the 
Club shall be vested, and who shall be ex offiru, members of 
the Committee. The Trustees shall remain in office until 
death or resignation, or until a General Meetinjr shall think 
proper to remove any of them, and vaeaneies shall be filled 
up .it the General Meeting. 

XVIT. 

The general concerns of the Chib shall be managed by a 
Committee of fifteen members, in addition to the five Trus- 
tees. The Committee shall be elected by ballot, of wliom 
one-third shall go out annually by rotation, the vacancies to 
be filled up at the General Meeting ; but the five retiring 
members may be re-elected. Whenever there are three 
vacancies in the Committee in the current year, notice shall 
be posted in the Club, and such vacancies shall be filled up 
by ballot on the day for the election of mem])ers next aftei- 
fourteen days from such notice. 



XVIII. 

The Conunittee shall make from time to time such Kegu- 
lations (consistent with these general IJules) as they shall 
think necessary for the well being of the Club. The Com- 
mittee shall, at its first meeting after each annual election, 
appoint from its own body as many Snb-Conimittecs as may 
be required to superiTitend the several d^^partmellts of the 
Club. 



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XIX. 



The Coinmiltce sluill meet wfoklv. on a stated tlav. to 
traiirtact current bii8im'.<?*, and to audit the accounts of tlie 
preceding week, three of whom shall form a quorum. 



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XX. 

Auv infraction of the Rules aiul lie<jrulations of the Club, 
shall be taken imnu'diate co"'ni/ance of by the Couimittee. 
who shall have the power of expelling, it they deem it re- 
quisite ; such expulsion to be the act of the (Committee, in 
which, however, ten mendiers shall concin-. 

XXI. 

Whenever forty members shall have signed a requisition, 
desiring the expulsion of a member, on the plea of miscon- 
duct, or being otherwise untit to be a member of the Club, 
the CnumitttH' may, on receipt of the requisition, (provided 
such requisition state the specilic grounds of objection to 
such uuuuber,) transmit a notice of the receipt of such re- 
quisition, to the member complained against ; aud if such 
member shall not explain his conduct to the satisfaction of 
the Committee, and if the grounds in the requisition shall 
expel the uu'mber so objected to, such exjadsion to be the 
act of the Committee, at which, howcvi'r. not less than eight 
members shall b»' ])ri'seiU. and ii majority of two-thirds con- 
cur therein, their decision to be biuding on all parties, aud 
not afterwards to be impugned. In the event of there not 
beiu"' ei-iht members i)resent at the meeting of the Commit- 
tee summoned for the <'onsideration of the requisition, then 
a Special (leneral Meeting shall be called, to be held within 
ten «lavs after such Committee uuh^, — before Avhich Special 
(^.enenil Meeting the requisition shall be laid, and a majority 



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of the momlxr.s present filiall decide in rciereuee thereto; 
stu'h decision to be final. 

XXII. 

Any nioniber whose dues are all paid shall be at liberty to 
withdraw from the Club on his written application to that 
effect, sent in to the Committee. 

XXIII. 

Any member who shall withdraw, resign, or be expelled, 
shall cense to be a member of the Club, and shall forfeit, 
il>sofavto, all right or claim thereon, or in, or to its property 
or funds, and any member who shall be expelled shall for 
ever thereafter be ineligible to be re-admitted a member of 
the Club. 

XXIV. 

There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Club, held on 
the first Wednesday in April, for the purpose of electing the 
Committee for the succeeding year, and receiving from the 
Committee a report, and abstract of the state of the accounts 
and general concerns of the Club, for the past year, together 
with an estimate of the receipts and disbursements for the 
current year, and also for the purpose of deciding on any 
proposition which may be properly submitted to such 
meeting. The chair shall be taken at all Annual Meetin<»-8 
at 2 o'clock, P. M. The annual Report and Estimate shall 
he printed for the use of the members, and hung up in the 
public rooms of the Club at least fourteen days before the 
General' Meeting. At least fourteen days' notice of any 
proposition which is intended to be submitted to the General 
Meeting, shall be hung up in the Club. 
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XXV. 



The C<)ininitt«M' shall liave power at all tinu's to fonveru? 
an extraonlinary meetiii,L' of tho Club, on <rivln;i t'onrtecn 
days notict — to be posted durin-r that period in the public 
rooms of the Chib specityinf^ the object of such meetiiio-, in 
the form of a resolution, to be si<rned by not less than six 
meud)ers of the Committee; and at such extraordinary 
meetinjrs no subject shall be discussed beyoixl that specified 
in tlu^ notice. 

XXVI. 

No new rule, or alteration of a general rule, shall be 
made, witlM)ut the sanction of an absolute maifiritv of two- 
thirds of th*' members present at a General Meeting, and 
forty members at least voting on the occasion, and three 
months iiolice being given. 

XXVII. 

The Club shall be oj)en every day for the reception of 
members, at seven o'clock in the forenoon in the summer, 
and at eight o'clock in the forenoon in the winter, and shall 
be closed an<l the lights extinguished at one o'clock, 1*. M.. 
except on Saturdays, when the house shall be closed at 
eleven o'«'lo<'k. and no member shall be admitted into the 
Club House after these hours on any preteiu-e Avhatever, 
mdess specially authorize<l by the Committee. 

XXVIII. 

Ea<*b membei' shall be allowed to bring a st'-anger to dine 
with him. under such regidations as nniy hv made by the 
Conunittee; the dinner to be charged at rates to be regidated 
by the Committee, it Ijchig expressly understood that the bill 
is to be di.>charged bv the member. The Committee are 



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also t'inpo\v«;iv<l t(» rejfiilato the adinis.sion of strangers in 
eoiupany with niemher^, at otlier times, and they shall 
decide what rooms they are to lie admitted to. The Com- 
mittee have the power to sus|)eud this rule durin«r sueh 
periods as they may think necessary, for the convenience of 
the Club, notice of such luspension being hung up in the 
coffee room at least on«! week previously. No persons 
resi*ling within the limits of the County of Halifax, shall be 
tdigible to be introduced as sti-angers, or the guests of mem- 
bers. 

XXIX. 

All members are to pay their bills for every (expense they 
incur in the Club before they leave the house, the servants 
having positive orders not to open accounts with any indivi- 
dual. 

XXX. 

No member shall give any money or gratuity to any of 
the servants of the establishment, or permit any stranger to 
do so. 

XXXI. 

No provisions cooked in the Club House, or wines or 
other liquors, are to be sent out of the house, on any pre- 
tence whatever. 

XXXII. 

No member shall take or permit to be taken from tiie 
Club, on any preteiu'e whatever, or shall injure ov destroy 
any newspaper, pamphlet, or other arti(de, the property of 
the Club. 

XXXIII. 

Any defect in a breakfast or «linner bill, complained of on 
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injr. must ho specially Moticed by tlio Coinniitteo, on settling 
the wtM'kly accounts ; and any inattention or improper eon- 
duct of a servant is to he stated by a letter and si<rned hv the 
memlier complaining?, which letter heinij put into the iSecre- 
tary's box, must be laid before the Committee at their next 
weekly meetinj?. 

XXXIV. 

Each member of the Club shall jrive his address, or that 
of his banker or a.ij^ent. from time to time, to the Secretary ; 
and all notices beini; sent to such address, shall be consider- 
ed as dnlv delivered. 

XXXV. 

No member is on any account to brinj; a dog into the Club 
House. 

XXXVI. 

These Ruh^s and Regulations shall be printed, and a copy 
of them, together with a list of the Committee, shall be de- 
li verexl to every member of the Club, or transmitted to his 
address, and shall thenceforth become binding upon every 
member of the C'lub ; but no member shall be absolved from 
the effect of these rules on any allegation of not having re- 
ceived them.