THE CONVERSATION CLUB IN AUGUSTA (1925-38)
SEVERAL Christmas vacations my wife and I spent in Miami, Fla., where we made many friends among the people and where I particularly admired the courage of the citizens in their united and successful efforts toward recovery after two great disasters, the cyclone-floods and the financial crash. We especially enjoyed the Christmas vacation of 1922-3 which we spent at the home of Mr. William J. Matheson in Coconut Grove. He was one of the most interesting men I have ever known.
But we have come to regard Augusta, Georgia, as our winter home. It has often been jocularly said that heaven has the climate and hell has the people, but Augusta has the best winter climate I have ever seen, and I have never found people more attractive than the permanent inhabitants. After two brief visits in 1910 and 1916 we arrived in Augusta on my sixtieth birthday, 2 January 1925, and remained nearly four months.
In those days there were at the hotel many interesting men; every morning the Conversation Club, consisting of some five and twenty, conversed for two hours. For three months there was no cessation of good talk. We had no President, but we had a King, the royal golfer Walter J. Travis. The Prime Minister was Sir Robert Borden, of Canada; Secretary of State, Nicholas Murray Butler, of New York; Treasurer, the Honourable Charles F. Brooker,