While there were no such tests of eligibility, it istrue that the Blue Veins had their notions on thesesubjects, and that not all of them were equallyliberal in regard to the things they collectivelydisclaimed. Mr. Ryder was one of the mostconservative. Though he had not been among thefounders of the society, but had come in someyears later, his genius for social leadership wassuch that he had speedily become its recognizedadviser and head, the custodian of its standards,and the preserver of its traditions. He shaped itssocial policy, was active in providing for itsentertainment, and when the interest fell off, as itsometimes did, he fanned the embers until theyburst again into a cheerful flame.


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