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tester 100 Years ÇIgo. ♦ INTERESTING REMINISCENCES. Being notes given week by week of matters con- nected with Chester and the locality a hundred years ago. (Compiled from the Chester Courant, Sept. 12th, 1797.) A LOVE LETTER, After the Loss of Place and Pension. Come, Laura, to my longing arms, Come, and resign me all thy charms; Deprived of riches, pomp and state, Let us in love alone be great. Answer, by return of post.-Impossible.- LAURA. HINTS RESPECTING PROVIDENT CLUBS OR FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. By MR. J. WOOD, of Shrewsbury. It is natural for the members of these societies to be jealous of any interference in the management of those little capitals which are created by their own voluntary contributions but, hence much evil has ensued. Apprehensive that if they vested them in the Government funds some law might be enacted which would take them out of their own disposal, they have often pre- ferred private securities, and many causes have combined to induce them to aceept of those which have proved unsafe. Others, delighted with the idea of having a club estate, have laid out the money in improvident purchases of land or buildings by these means it has hap- pened in many instances that their expectations of pecuniary aid from their club in times of sickness and infirmity, have been cruelly dis- appointed and after a subscription of many years' continuance, they have had the mortification to find the box of the club shut up, and all aid refused them when that period arrived for which they had made this provision. There is another circumstance which has also contributed much to their disappointment. Their weekly allowance have been settled irom general tables, and it has very com- monly happened that the fund of the society has proved inadequate to the claims grounded upon those data. It should seem that in settling these allowances the situation, population, nature of the manufactory in which the members of the society are chiefly employed, together with the number of which it is pro- posed the club should consist, ought all to be taken into the account. Some places, and some employments or manufactures, are much more healthy than others; villagers in general more so than large towns. In Shrewsbury a peculiar inconvenience has arisen from a cause that would be least suspected of producing it- the general predilection of the lower class in favour of these societies. In consequence of this disposition, new clubs are frequently establishing, into which all the young persons enter, while those of long date retain none but their old members, and these, in process of time, experience the general infirmities of age, the demand on the fund becomes greater than it can answer, and the box is shut up, or the club dissolved. Undoubtedly it would contribute greatly to the success of these institutions if they could be rendered permanent, and if in the admission of new members, due proportion with respect to the age of the parties were 8».r i j a<^ered to. For this purpose they snouid be divided into classes. Those under efamPle' forming the first class; «o S. aI to ?OTty the sec°nd class; and so on. And it should be a settled rule, to keep up EL relative proportion in each class, in the admission of fresh subscribers; so that not more than one-third, or one-fourth of the members constituting each society, shall be fi%yearS of age. As in such a society, estabhshed under proper regulations, their !und would generally experience a progressive increase, there would be no difficulty in j'lw.uring a sumcient number of young mem- bers, to keep up the proportion required. If it were possible to establish all these societies upon one uniform stable basis, and by a very cautious interposition of the legislature, to enact some general regulation, to which each individual club should separately conform particularly with respect to the allow- ances. and to prevent the capricious shutting P of the box, or dissolution of the 60ciety; irnW°Uld cerfcainly produce consequences, highly mportant to the community at large, and salutary to the societies themselves. I should, by no means, propose carrying the ponipulsion any further; but as a sincere !end to these institutions, and from an ardent desire for their success, I would beg leave to ecommend to their serious consideration the ^abhshment of an additional rule in each society, providing that a certain number of respectable inhabitants in the town or vicinage to which they belong, and in whom they can conside, should be elected by the members of the society, as trustees for the management of their funds. L Yu1!1 t^,ese improvements take place, holding forth to the public particular details of the rules adopted by those societies which have n and have been enabled to li! ValA eir engagements, the number of wnich they consist, and the annual state of their receipts, disbursements, and capital would ?ndouf;tedly have a very good effect. It would furnish important data, and operate as an encouragement to similar undertakings.

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