Organizations: Cosmos Commotion

As much as anything, membership in the club means membership in an infrangible fraternity of one's peers. The club offers the inestimable satisfaction of bestowing and receiving esteem. This, we venture to suggest, is not snobbery. It is the essence of fellowship.

—Cosmos Club brochure

The essence of fellowship is sometimes blended with whiffs of politics and publicity, and when the fragrance of bigotry is added, the resulting aroma, as Washington's Cosmos Club discovered last week, can be quite embarrassing.

The Cosmos Club has been a Washington institution for 84 years, now...

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