Observations on the questions at present pending in the Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with suggestions for the settlement of the same

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Simpkin, Marshall & Company, 1846 - Fraternal organizations - 56 pages

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Page 24 - Two are better than one ; If they fall, the one will lift up his fellow ; But woe to him that is alone when he falleth, For he hath not another to help him up.
Page 9 - in his tables would render Friendly Societies perfectly safe; but instances occur almost daily of Societies breaking down whose contributions approximate to those tables; and recently the increased amount of sickness has become so apparent to the members of some of the best regulated Societies, that meetings have been held, and reports of a
Page 10 - observations extended, as in the aggregate they amounted to 24,323 years of life only, or about 5,000 persons for a period of five years. If this fact is considered, and at the same time the irregularities which peculiarity of employment and other circumstances have been shown to produce, it will not be difficult to account for the discrepancy.
Page 10 - inquiry, it was found that quadruple the Societies would have filled up schedules in competition for the prizes offered, but were prevented doing so by the incomplete system in which their books were kept. It is not improbable that the difference of the two classes of results may be partially accounted for by the smallness of the numbers over which Mr.
Page 12 - of all proceedings, that the legislation of the Government has hitherto tended. Every facility and encouragement are given to the formation of Societies, without any help or information for their management or guidance. The ship is cast upon the waves without rudder or compass, and the safety of the vessel left to accident and chance. As already stated, a Committee of the House of Commons
Page 28 - 13*. 6d., or less than onetwelfth of the entry-money which must have been paid into the Lodges. Again: there are twelve other Lodges, established for an average period of
Page 27 - with this, a remarkable fact deserving of serious consideration is brought to light by the Directors. They state that " the amount of initiation-money which was received from members in 1844 being no less a sum than 49,382, it will be discovered, on reference to the list of Lodges,
Page 6 - influenced by the most favourable rate of mortality, are found to be subject to as high an amount of sickness as the general average; and so also are some other occupations, in which the rate of mortality is also favourable, found subject to a rate of sickness much above the average. Again : the sickness among the sixteen trades formerly
Page 31 - gross abuses in any other. The real and essential objects of the Order have been overlooked and rendered secondary to idle pomp and parade; and those funds which were meant to provide for disease and old age have been squandered away on the follies and baubles of youth. Now, however, that the Board of Directors have made a step in the right direction, let them be supported warmly and cordially.
Page 12 - Considering the immense number of those Societies which have broken down, it is lamentable to think that so little should have been done to ascertain the real nature and extent of the risks to which they are subject. It is still more remarkable that so many legislative enactments should have occupied the attention of the

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