This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Home Book Of Etiquette" book.
Doubtless, while there are few members of clubs who do not have a sufficient knowledge of the rules of etiquette governing them, some may desire information on certain points, and it is for the benefit of the latter that the following brief directions are given:
All members should become familiar with the regulations, and rigidly obey them.
You have a full right to vote against the admission to a small social club of any one whose society is not agreeable to you. It would destroy the pleasure of such a club if all its members were not congenial. Yet you should not allow personal prejudice to influence you in voting upon the admission of a new member of a large club. Is the gentleman's record clear, and is he in all respects a worthy associate for gentlemen ? This is the only question to be asked.
Never persistently propose for membership of a small club a name that has been refused. Avoid any conduct likely to be disagreeable or disobliging to fellow-mem bers. A gentleman should be as courteous in a club-house as he would be in his own.
Do not talk loudly in reading-rooms or library, and never misuse books, newspapers, nor other club property.
It is selfish and impolite to monopolize the best arm-chair, to make a practice of dining early to secure an extra share of a favorite dish, or to require special attention from waiters to the discomfort of other guests.
Avoid showing anger in political or religious discussions, or making a personal matter of an argument. Do not seek to force your opinions on others against their will.
Never mention the names of ladies in the club, or show idle curiosity about other members.
Never send an employee out of the clubhouse on any private errand without first requesting permission of the clerk or superintendent.
If the guest of a club, do not take the liberty of introducing any one else; but the guest of a club is expected to avail himself of all the privileges of its members.
When a gentleman is admitted to the privileges of a club through the courtesy of a member, he is expected, when his temporary membership ceases, to pay any debts he may have incurred, for if he omits to do this his club host is obliged to settle his account for him.