would get out which the public is not entitled to receive and the re-
jected candidate might thus be unduly humiliated.
10. Where one signs a petition for a new Rebekah Lodge and does
not assume the obligations of a charter member at the iristitution of
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the Lodge and does not care to become a member of such Lodge after
the institution, his fee for membership should be returned.
11. Postoffice employes, mail carriers, members of a paid fire de-
partment, and all other public officers while on duty, owe their first
duty to public service. It would not be right to exact from them attend-
ance at a funeral under penalty of a fine being imposed for their failure
so to do, when such attendance would conflict with the performance of
the duties which they owe to the public in their respective employ-
12. Where a sister has been reinstated to membership in a
Rebekah Lodge, she is reinstated with all the honors of office which
she held at the time she was dropped for non-payment of dues. If
she was eligible to the office of Vice Grand at the time she was
dropped, she may be elected to that office immediately upon being re-
13. Section 8 of Article X of the Subordinate Lodge Constitution
provides that where a member has allowed himself to become more
than thirteen weeks in arrears for dues, the Lodge may, by by-law,
provide as a penalty that he shall not become entitled to weekly bene-
fits for a period subsequent to payment not exceeding thirteen weeks.
With reference to the penalty the Constitutional provision is not self-
enacting, but before the penalty can be inflicted a by-law imposing
it must be adopted. But such a by-law may not provide that the funeral
benefits and funeral expenses shall be included in the penalty.
14. Question. Should an Odd Fellows' Lodge entertain a motion
or a resolution to donate from its general funds for the purpose of as-
sisting in the erection of a building to be used by an organization
known as the Young Men's Christian Association?
Answer. — No.
Question. Would it be legal for a Noble Grand to entertain a
motion or a resolution to appoint a committee of Odd Fellows to
solicit voluntary contributions from members of the Order for the
purpose of erecting a building to be used by an organization known as
the Young Men's Christian Association, the contributions to be made
either in the name of the individual members of the Order, or in the
name of the Lodge in which the donors held membership?
Answer. — No.
15. Upon the death of a beneficiary member of a Subordinate
Lodge, the Lodge is bound to pay for funeral expenses not less than
sixty dollars, subject, however, to the provisions of section 10 of
Article X of the Subordinate Lodge Constitution. The payment of
funeral expenses is not conditioned upon the Lodge having provided
for such payment by by-law.
16. Where a Lodge by-law provides that a fine of fifty cents shall
be imposed upon a member of the "Visiting Committee who fails to
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visit the sick and fails to report either in person or in writing of such
visit except in cases of contagious disease; or, because of his own
siclsness, absence from the city, or being engaged in actual jury
service; the excuses enumerated in the by-law do not exclude the con-
sideration of other excuses. The exclusion of any and every other
excuse would make the by-law unreasonable. For a brother might be
prevented from performing his duty by Act of God, or a public enemy,
and even by business engagements. It is within the province of the
Lodge to determine whether the excuse offered is a legitimate one.
17. The following preamble and resolutions were presented to a
Subordinate Lodge with the request that the Lodge act upon them.
Whereas, The evil of intoxicating liquors is considered by Odd
Fellows to be one of the greatest evils that is cursing our fellow men at
the present time, and
Whereas, We believe the present license system to be conducive of
great evil, and should be changed by legislation, therefore, be it
Resolved, That Lodge No , of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, hereby indorses a Local Option
bill giving to the whole people of the county the right to say whether
or not saloons be licensed in any town or village in said county, and,
be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of this Lodge forward a copy of these
resolutions to our Representative in the General Assembly urging them
to do all in their power to have a law of this kind enacted at the present
session. Be it further
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished each of the
county papers for publication.
Question. Is it within the province of the Subordinate Lodge to
adopt said resolutions?
Ansuer. It is not within the province of an Odd Fellows" Lodge
to take any part in the discussion of political questions or questions
of public policy. "With the divisions and classifications of human
society our Order holds no fellowship." The presentation of such a
resolution to a Lodge must of necessity call forth an expression of
different opinions which will lead to discussion. If the discussion of
this question is permitted there is no reason why a Lodge might not dis-
cuss any other political question. The result would be that strife
and discord, party and sect, which create heart burnings and divisions
among men, would no longer be banished from our councils. My deci-
sion, therefore, is that an Odd Fellows' Lodge may neither discuss nor
adopt any resolution declaring either for or against a Local Option bill.
18. Resignation from membership by a brother presented to and
accepted by a Subordinate Lodge terminates his connection with every
branch of the Order at the close of that meeting. Acceptance of this
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resignation, therefore, will terminate his membership in a Rel)el