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J i SHE. HEY OF ALGIERS. <

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r., IEXTENSIVE FRAUDS.UPON…

THE NEW IMPERIAL INDIAN ORDER.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE CLAIMANT.

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TTHE LATE LORD KINNAIRD.

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-.FRIENDLY SOCIETIES.

IMPORTANT TO FRIENDLY SOCIETIES.…

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IMPORTANT TO FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. 1 Alfred Tiickbroom, of 43, Great Cambridge-street, Hackney-road, was summoned at Guildhall by the Treasury before Alderman McArthur, for that he un- lawfully omitted to send to the Registrar of Friendly Societies a general statement, to wit, the annual return of the receipts and expenditure, fund and effects of "The Court Rose," of the Ancient Order of Foresters, as audited, contrary to the provisions of the Friendly Societies Act, 38 and 39 Vic., cap 60. Mr. St. John WontDer appeared for the Treasury, and stated that the object of this proceeding waa to let friendly societies know that they must comply with the Act of Parliament or they would incur very heavy penalties. The defendant was the secretary to the Court Rose of the Ancient Order of Foresters, and notwithstanding the repeated applications of Mr. Thompkins, the registrar, the de- fendant had persistently refused to make the annual return required of him. The notices from the registrar he had disregarded, and the Treasury he had treated with contempt; in fact he had ignored it. By the 14th section of the 38 and 39 Vic., cap. 60, it was provided that certain returns should be made on the 1st of June in every year by all friendly societies to the registrar, and sub-section 4 of section 14 provided that the penalties for not complying with the Act should' not be more than £5, nor less than £ 1 for each offence; but every week the society was in default constituted a new offence. The penalties would now be accumulative from the 1st of June last; but the Treasury did not wish to be bloodsuckers, they only want to let the officers of friendly societies feel that they must make the returns required by the Friendly Societies Act. The registrar wrote to the defendant on the 9th of November, but got no answer. Mr. Stephenson wrote to him on the 28th of November, telling him that if he did not make his return by the 3rd of December proceedings would betaken against him. He had not made his return since, and the result was that eight summonses had been issued against him. The defendant said that when he received the note of Mr. Thompkins on the 9th of November, he wrote an apology, and promised to-send the return in with- out delay. When he received Mr. Stephenson's letter he obtained the form, and on the 3rd of Decem- ber posted it to Mr. Thompkins. It appeared after- wards that he had not made the return correctly, and it was returned to him. He did not wish to oppose the Treasury, and if the registrar would tell him what he wanted he would make the return required. Alderman McArthur said he was quite sure that Mr. Thompkins would do that. It ap- peared to him that he could not inflict a fine in this case, because the letter of Mr. Stephenson gave tho defendant up to the 3rd of December to make his return, and thereby condoned all previous neglect on the part of the defendant, provided that he complied with their wishes. He had done so. He had made a return, which was not correct; but there was a difference between sending an incorrect return and sending no return at all. He thought if the defen- dant complied with the wishes of the Treasury that would suit their views. Mr. Wontner said that it would, and if the defendant would promise to comply with the Act he would withdraw the whole of the summonses. The defendant made the promise, and the summonses were withdrawn.

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PASSAGE OF THE BALKANS IN…

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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL. I

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