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Hurlingham Club. The club is instituted for the purpose of providing a ground for pigeon-shooting, polo, &c, surrounded with such accessories and so situated as to render it an agreeable country resort, not alone to those who take part in pigeon-shooting and polo, but also to their families and friends, The club consists of shooting, polo, and non-shooting members. The shooting and polo members pay an entrance fee of £10 10s., and an annual subscription of £5 5s. They are entitled to all the privileges of the club and to admit two ladies without payment, and may give orders of admission to as many friends they please on payment only. The non-shooting members pay an annual subscription of £2 2s. each and in future an entrance fee of £10 10s. and are entitled to admit two ladies without payment and to all the privileges of the club, except shooting and polo playing. They may give orders of admission to many friends as they may please on payment only. Every member is entitled, by the payment of £1 1s. extra per annum, to give one additional order for ladies only for free admission daily. No person is eligible for admission who is not received in general society. The committee elect by ballot, and the candidate balloted for shall be put up not sooner than one week after he is proposed. Five members must be present; if there be one black ball he shall be considered as not elected.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879