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their costly carpets, curtains, and other furniture, and their books.
Time and time again both Societies remonstrated. In April, 1845, the
Euzelians interrupted a subscription they were making for money to
buy a new carpet and returned the money already collected to the
donors, fearing that promised repairs on the roof would not be made
or would be of no avail.4
When the halls were turned over to the Societies they were without
furniture and probably had not yet been plastered. After a year, the
Philomathesians with Professor Armstrong as adviser, finished their
hall with hard plastering, and with an elaborate centerpiece and
cornice.5 The Euzelian contract has not been preserved, but their hall
was doubtless finished in much the same way. This plastering though
often whitewashed seems to have been of excellent quality; it was
many years before either Society found it necessary to have new
plastering done.6 Both Societies had their windows fitted with blinds,
and painted. Those of the Euzelians were painted green,7 and those of
the Philomathesians were probably of the same color. On March 16,
1850, the Euzelians ordered Venetian blinds to be purchased.
One of the first needs of the Society Halls was rostrums. The first,
which were made in 1837, seem to have been inexpensive, made of
common pine boards and painted. From the first, however, they were
decked with costly curtains and fringe of like quality, later if not at
first, matching the color and material of the curtains of the windows.
The Philomathesians, after ten years, with the opening of the
session of 1848-49, took measures to have a new and larger rostrum
constructed. The committee to which this work was intrusted
presented it at the meeting of the Society, December 1,
4 For actions ordered by Trustees, Proceedings. pp. 35, 55, 61, 63, 111; for
complaints of the Societies, Phi. Records, August 1, 1846; November 28, 1846; and
often; Eu. Records, February 10, 1844; April 12, 1849; and often.
5 Phi. Records, August 12, 1837; the cost was $110; Phi. Records, November 16,
6 Eu. Records, October 1, 1859. Total cost, itemized statement, $168.20. Phi.
Records, February 2, 1856.
7 Eu. Records, April 18, 1846.