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The new boss places in one of."
the spaces in the book a stamp
costing J4 cent?, which he has
bought at the postpffice. tor this
stamp he Jias pam out six cents
ofliis own money .and eight cents
which he will deduct ' from the i
If Mr. Hobbs is a thrifty indi
'dividual, with forethought, he
joins a benefit society which has
been approved by the govern
ment. The doctor for this-society
looks him over, and if he
find that he is in good physical
condition, he adthits him to the
society without cost
If he isn't thoughtful and
doesn't join a society, he remains
under the postoffice insurance.
As a member of the society he
can draw all of the benefits men-J
tioned above, including the birth
insurance for his wife, but under
the postoffice insurance, when he
is taken ill, he sends his book to
the postoffice and is entitled to
eighteen cents for every fourteen
cent stamp in the book. For each
one of these stamps he has paid
eight cents, his employer has paid
six cents, and the government has
paid four. He is also entitled to
free medicine and free attendance
by a physician, though he must be
contented with what he received
for his Samps, as no weekly pay
ments are made to him.
And here one great evil appears
that even the brains of Lloyd
George has notbeen able to over
come. Suppose John Hobbs has
been refused admittance to an ap-
of his poop .state of health. Then
John, the man whd 'needed help"
more than his healthy brothers,
must remain under the postoffice
insurance and will receive lessj
benefit than they do, even though-
he is forced to pay as much
wages of Mr. Hobbs at the end.of money "as they do, weekly, for his
proved benefit society on account physicians.
There is no choice for any per--son
who receives less than fifteen
dollars a week as to whether ot.,
not he or she shall take advant-
age of the insurance it is com-"
j pulsory. ?
Mrs. Jones, if she has a hired
girl, has to lick stamps once a
week. So does the lawyer for his"
office boy, so does the meat man
and the grocer. Even the men
who carry the sandwich signs on
the streets must have their cards
Just now the working people of
England are pouring a tide of
$720,000 a week into' the insur
ance fund, Five months fromj
now, when the payment of bene-"
fits begins, the laborers will have,
paid twelve millions into the1
fund, employers will have paid in
nine millions and the government
will have put in six millions
making an insurance fund of
twenty-seveh million dollars.
When the benefits begin, the
beloved and long continued char-'
ities of England's aristocracy will
only be in the way and uselessly;
mussing up the scenery.
For one thing, babies will be
born decently, for one million
mothers in England will be given
the maternity benefit yearly andr
will Teceive free treatment by;