The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29
"Having our attention called to clause 8, rule 51, we wish to know whether any of the branches under 40 members have been paying the C.S. according to the old rule, and if so, whether the E.C. intend to call on the branches to refund the money illegally paid; or is the society to be at the loss of it, as we find in this monthly report 186 branches numbering less than 10 members?"
Reply.—Wherever the old rule has been duly observed there will be nothing to refund. It is true that the G.C. of 1874 did not clearly express their exact meaning, page 10 but an explanation was published in the monthly report for April, 1875. The Dewsbury Branch asked the following question:—"Will you please inform us what salary a check steward is entitled to in a branch numbering less than 50 members, say 34 members; as the rules are silent on this point?" The E.C. replied:—"It was not the intention of the G.C. to increase the pay of the C.S. in branches having less than 50 members; consequently in branches having less than 40 members, the C.S. should receive 4d. per night; from 40 to 50, 6d. per night; and in larger branches he should be paid in accordance with rule 51, clause 8."