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THE RECHABITES. Mr F. U. Fraser, tho district secretary of tho Rechabitc Order, sends us from Wellington the following answers to our set of queries : Have you read Registrar Mason’s report ? —Yes. Do you consider his strictures justified by the" knowledge of friendly societies that your connection with them has enabled you to gain?— Yes. To what causes do you consider the state of affairs disclosed in the report to be duo ? Low contributions. What steps has your Order taken to improve its financial position ? —Raised the contributions, but not sufficiently. Wiiat, in your opinion, should bo the course of action in order to bring up to a safe position lodges that are financially weak ?—Raise the contributions. Should the Government appoint independent auditors to inspect the books of lodges ? —Yes.

Has your society adopted a graduated scale of contributions ? If so, would you recommend i!s adoption by other friendly societies ?—Yes, by all means. How far has the Registrar’s Department assisted the improvement of matters relating to friendly societies, and in what way could it be made of further use in that direction ? —Tho department has done a great deal towards improving tho condition of societies.

Is there any other matter on which you desire to make a statement or explanation ? —lt is pretty well known what contributions are sufficient to ensure the benefits offered by any society. Let such societies or branches whoso contributions are sufficient have granted to them a first-class certificate of registration ; let the others bo merely registered, as they are just now. The result would, no doubt, be that those so:ieties declared sound by the firstclass certificates would increase in numbers ; and the other societies seeing this would raise the contributions in most, if not all, cases.

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