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X. FUNERAL ALLOWANCE. 84. THAT upon the death of a member in Edinburgh being intimated to the Preses, the funeral allowance shall be paid within twenty-four hours' from such intimation, after deducting all debts due to the Society, with the exception of equivalents.

85. Should a member's wife die in Edinburgh, the sum of L. 5 shall be paid within the like space of twenty-four hours after intimation, provided Rule 9, of the Fundamental Laws be complied with.

86. Upon the death of a member at a distance from Edinburgh, a certificate of such death, signed either by the minister or an elder of the parish, church-warden, or recorder of the bills of mortality, must be transmitted to the Preses, before the money can be paid.

87. Should a member's wife die in the country, the same form must be complied with, as also those conditions specified in Rule 9, before the sum of L. 5 shall be paid.

88. The office-bearers shall take particular care that the funeral money be, in all cases, paid to the persons legally entitled to receive it, and obtain proper receipts for the same.

89. Should a deceased member have no relations or friends in Edinburgh to take charge of the funeral, or should they decline to interfere, the Committee in either of these cases shall take the management ;—and it is recommended that as many members as pose sible do always attend the funerals of the deceased.

90. The funeral allowance must be claimed within six months from the death of each member, or his wife, otherwise the Society shall not be afterwards liable.

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XI. ARREARS. 91. THAT should any member have run in arrears Twenty-five Shillings (fines included), a written notice of the amount, signed by the Treasurer and Clerk, shall be transmitted to such member by post, at least one month previous to the ensuing Quarterly Meeting ; and which notice shall likewise intimate, that unless said arrears be paid at that Meeting, the member shall be then either struck off the Society's books, and forfeit all right to the funds, or be prosecuted for payment, as the Society may judge proper.

92. Should the said notice, from the proper address being unknown, or otherwise, not reach the member, he shall notwithstanding, as before declared, be held to know the rules of the Society ; and be therefore liable to all the penalties he may incur, .

93. No contributions shall be inserted in the books but at a Quare terly Meeting, and on no account shall partial payments be received, unless in the case of a member in arrears claiming sick-money, whose first week's allowance does not amount to the sum he is due, but which must nevertheless be retained, according to Rule 72. .

94. Should any member render himself liable, by non-payment of arrears, or otherwise, to be struck off the Society's books, the officebearers are hereby expressly commanded to see that the same be done at a Quarterly Meeting, before they leave the room.

95. That the intimation prescribed by Rule 91, and the date of expulsion, shall be duly entered in the Society's books, from which time the expelled member shall forfeit all interest whatever in the funds; and the said expulsion shall be publicly intimated to the Society at the first Quarterly Meeting thereafter.

96. Should a country Member be struck off the roll for non-payments, and it shall be proved at the next General Meeting, by the member having made oath before a Justice of the Peace, that it was owing to the fault of an agent, or unforeseen delay in the arrival of the remittance, he shall be again placed on the roll, upon paying a fine of 59. Sterling.

97. The Society may, if they think fit, and in terms of the act of Parliament, prosecute a member for payment of arrears, if such arrears amount to the sum of Twenty-five Shillings (fines included); and thereafter continue him a member until he give in a written resignation, and clear off all arrears he may then be due.

. XII. BOOKS AND AUDITORS. 98. Whatever form of books may be found best adapted by the Society at May 1827, shall be thereafter strictly adhered to, unless altered by desire of the Society, upon a regular motion to that effect being made and seconded at one Meeting, and carried at the next, by a majority of the Members then present.

99. Copies of all letters to or from members in the country, as well as all other correspondence with third parties to or from the Society, shall be inserted by the Clerk in the Society's letter-book ; and it is therefore requested that all communications be as brief as possible.'

100. Three Auditors shall be annually elected at the Quarterly Meeting in May to examine the books of the Treasurer, Clerk and Managers, with the vouchers, and yearly abstract, for the year which they have been in office; and, for this purpose, they shall take possession of the books, abstract, and vouchers, for the space of three weeks, or one week each successively, any time between the 1st of July and the 1st of August following their election ; the Treasurer's Book being returned to him by each Auditor on the

Friday evening of his week, and be again ready for the succeeding Auditor by 8 o'clock of the following evening. , ;

101. Should the Auditors, upon a strict examination, find the books and documents to be correct, they shall certify the same in the following terms.

We, the under-signed, hereby certify, That we have minutely “ examined the Society's cash and minute books, vouchers produ“ ced, Treasurer's Abstract, and Clerk's Statement, for the year “ between May 18 and May 18 , and to the best of our be“ lief the same are correct. . “ (Signed)

Auditors."

102. A copy of the annual Statement, signed by the Treasurer and Clerk, shall always be inserted in the minutes, and printed and circulated with the schedule of intimation for the Quarterly Meeting in August, with the above attestation, also signed by the Auditors.

103. Should any thing appear to the Auditors to be incorrect, or not distinctly stated in the books, they shall require a satisfactory explanation from the Treasurer and Clerk; and if such explanation be refused or delayed, they are hereby empowered to withhold their attestation from said annual report, and give notice of what appears wrong to the next Quarterly Meeting.

104. No Auditor or Auditors shall withhold their attestation without a reasonable cause, or sign the same without having first ascertained the books and vouchers to be correct, by a strict examination.

105. Members shall have at all times free access to the Society's books, upon application in writing, and twenty-four hours' notice being given previous to such examination, with liberty to extract from them whatever they may think proper; and it is likewise declared, that the books shall be produced, and lie publicly on the table, at all General and Committee Meetings.

XIII. ALTERATIONS AND AMENDMENTS. 106. THAT all alterations and amendments of the foregoing laws, must be submitted, agreed to, and sanctioned, either by a General Meeting of the Society, or by a Committee specially appointed for that purpose, in terms of the act of Parliament (See Extracts); and, as before declared, no alterations or additions shall be made to the Fundamental Laws, tending to increase the contributions or diminish the allowances, without having the report of an accountant, and a majority of three-fourths of the members present at the meeting when it is lawful for such alterations or additions to be adopted.

107. Country members and sick members shall be entitled to vote by proxy in all motions relative to alterations on the Fundamental Laws; which proxy must be one of the free members present, and properly authorised by mandate.

XIV. DISPUTES AND ARBITRATION. . 108. THAT all disputes between members and the Committee of Management shall be referred to the decision of a General Meeting of the Society; and should a member still think himself aggrieved by the decision of a majority of the members present at such meeting, he shall then be at liberty to nominate a neutral person, as Arbiter, on his part, and the Society shall appoint another neutral person on their part, and, should these two Arbiters differ in opinion, they shall appoint a third as oversman; which Arbiters must all be members of Friendly Societies in Edinburgh.

109. The decision of the Arbiters shall be final and binding on both parties, and the losing party shall be found liable in all expences.

110. All disputes between any member and the Society must be settled within three months from the date of the General or Committee Meeting by whose decision such member may think himself aggrieved.

111. No member shall bring any dispute between him and the Society or Committee of Management before a court of law, withSociety of committee of Man out having first offered to refer it to arbitration, under the penalty of being expelled the Society, and of forfeiting all claim upon its funds.

XV. FUNDS NOT TRANSFERABLE, &c. 112. THAT no member shall be entitled to transfer his share in this Society, neither shall he be entitled to withdraw his individual stock therefrom, unless in the cases before provided for by Rules 13 and 14.

113. No part of the funds, or sick or funeral allowances, shall be attachable by any member's creditors, or otherwise, upon any pretence whatever.

114. This Society shall not be dissolved, unless in terms of the act of Parliament, which requires the consent of five-sixths of the whole members, as well as of all those who may then be receiving aid from the funds.

... XVI. PENALTIES... ; and 115. THAT the following shall be the penalties applicable to the foregoing Laws, and to the cases after mentioned.

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1. Absent from Meetings. Preses, Treasurer, or Clerk, absent from Head-quarter Meeting L. 8. D. at Roll-call, -

0 1 0 ............ absent from Quarterly or Extraordinary do. at do... 009 ............. absent from an Adjourned do. at do

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0:10 ........... absent from Committee do. at do.. :..i o Old Preses, Treasurer, Clerk, or Manager, absent from Head-quar.. . ter Meeting at Roll-call, .. .. ... .

006 ............ absent from Quarterly or Extraordinary do. at do. . :0.0 4 ............ absent from an Adjourned do. at do..

. 6 ............. absent from Committee do. at do.

. " o O 4 Member absent from Head-quarter Meeting at Roll-call, ' 003 ............ absent from Quarterly or Extraordinary do. at do." i " 07:0 2 ............ absent from an Adjourned do. at do. Any Member of Committee present at Roll-call, bút -absent when, sis...

Committee-roll is called after the business is finished,
N. B.-The Roll shall be called precisely at the hour appointed for
Meeting; and no exouse for absence shall be sustained, unless ocr i s
casioned by personal or family distress.

2. Non-acceptance of Office. Member refusing to serve, after being duly elected, as either Pre- . ses, Treasurer, or Clerk, -' :

- 0.50 Member refusing to serve as Manager,..

0 3 8 ............ as Auditor,

0 2 6

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3. Neglect of Duties. Preses, Treasurer, or Clerk, neglecting any of the duties specified ii

in Arts. 50, 51, 52, (besides repayment of any loss the Society ni .

may sustain), - - - - - 020 Preses, Treasurer, or Clerk, neglecting to bring or send his Key

within half an hour after the time appointed for meeting, 0 10 Treasurer or Clerk altering the form of the books, - - 0 5 0 Preses refusing to call a meeting on requisition of members, . 0 5 0 Auditor withholding his signature from yearly abstract without

cause, or signing the same without examination of the books, 0 5 Preses neglecting to send a sick member's application to the Sur

geon in proper time, Treasurer neglecting to furnish the Sick or Funeral Allowances in

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