McClure's Magazine, No. 3, August, 1893 Volume 1

McClure's Magazine, No. 3, August, 1893 Volume 1

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Excerpt: ...system of Camp Chocorua 247 was as odd, when one thinks of it as applied to boys from eight to fourteen years, as were many other things about the place. Each boy had an allowance of twenty-five cents a week paid by the camp, and no boy, no matter what the wealth of his parents, was allowed to bring money given him to the camp. His outfit might include fishing-tackle, but a canoe was barred. If, as was generally the case, he wanted more money than his allowance, he could get it by working during his own time. While the boys did the routine work of the camp as a part of their duty, they had nothing to do with permanent improvements, yet there were many of these made during the nine years. These were paid for by the camp, and it was a cardinal principle that when work of this kind was to be done, the boys should earn the money if they chose. Out of this rose the system of contracts. The work to be done was announced beforehand, and then sold to the lowest bidder, who was required to sign a contract. This was printed in legal form, with the camp as party of the first part, and the contractor as party of the second, the price to be paid and the time being duly entered. The book of contracts is one of the most curious things to study. One of the pages reads "building one yard on the chapel path to grade," price five cents, and time one week. "Removing a stump in front of the office and filling the hole," is another, price twenty-five cents. Some of the contracts were taken by firms and others by companies. "The Goodwill Contract Company" takes a contract to do the washing of the camp, and the president's signature is affixed. If a contract was performed, the price was credited to the contractor in the bank. It might be that, owing to circumstances, the time was extended, or the contract might be forfeited for non-performance. In the latter case it was sold again to the 248 lowest bidder, and more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123672836X
  • 9781236728364