The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29
"That the following question be submitted to the E.C.:—If a member of our society lose a tool, the property of a member belonging to the G. U. Society, can our member make a claim on his branch to replace such tool?"
Reply.—He can claim what he chooses, but his branch cannot legally grant him what he claims. Surely Rule 36, clause 3, is sufficiently explicit, when it says," Should tools be borrowed from a non-member, or should they be borrowed by a non-member from a member, and the same be lost, either by fire, water, or theft, the society shall not make good such loss." If the word "non-member" has been construed to mean non-society man, it is a mistake. It includes every person who is not a member of this society.