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GLORY TO GOD
HONOUR TO THE COMPANIONS

 

REGULATIONS OF THE SOCIETY

 

Article One : Any worker, companion or aspirant who, upon entering, fails to greet the Mother, will be liable to a fine of one bottle of wine.

Article Two : Any companion or aspirant who calls the Mother “Madame” or the Father “Monsieur” will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Three : Any companion or aspirant who sits on a table or other furniture will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Four : Any worker who, upon entering, does not refer to himself by his nickname will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Five : Any aspirant who addresses a companion with the informal “you” form (“tu” instead of “vous” in French) will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Six : Any companion or aspirant who fails to appear at the Mother’s twice a week will be liable to a fine of 1 franc unless a valid reason for an absence is given.

Article Seven : Any companion or aspirant who sleeps on a bed during the day will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Eight : Any companion or aspirant who presents himself at the Mother’s in work-apron or with bare arms after four hours of not working will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Nine : Any companion or aspirant who is caught indulging in horseplay at the Mother’s will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Ten : Any companion or aspirant who appears in the assembly-room without stockings on meeting days or who fails to keep his hat off for the entire meeting will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Eleven : Any companion or aspirant who becomes involved in a quarrel at the Mother’s will be liable to a fine of one bottle; if fisticuffs are involved, the fine will be 3 francs.

Article Twelve : Any companion or aspirant who reads the Regulations with his hat on will be liable for a fine of one bottle.

Article Thirteen : Any worker who touches a companion’s cane except by the tip will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Fourteen : Any companion or aspirant who eats at the Mother’s without first washing his hands will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Fifteen : Any companion or aspirant who gambles at the Mother’s will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Sixteen : Any companion or aspirant who musses another’s hair will be liable to a fine of one bottle; the same fine will hold for anyone who smokes while seated at a table at which companions are singing their songs.

Article Seventeen : Any companion or aspirant who lights his pipe from a candle will be liable to a fine of one bottle; the same fine will hold for anyone who extinguishes his pipe or who allows it to be lighted by another.

Article Eighteen : Anyone who sings indecent songs will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Nineteen : Any companions who address each other as “Monsieur” will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Twenty : Any companion or aspirant who clinks glasses with someone who has been fined and, unless the wine has been in the glasses for 5 minutes, drinks before him, and who, uncovering his head, fails to say, “To the health of the fine and he who pays it” will be liable to a fine of one bottle; he who refuses to pay the fine will be fined the double, and if he refuses will be expelled.

Article Twenty-one : Any companion or aspirant who smokes in bedrooms will be liable to a fine of one bottle; the same fine will hold for anyone who swears or is involved in indecent conversation.

Article Twenty-two : Any companion or aspirant who places his hat on the table will be liable to a fine of one bottle.

Article Twenty-three : Anyone companion or aspirant who belches or breaks wind will be liable to a fine of one bottle...

Saumur, 15 August 1846

Done by Ouvrard Louis, native of Saumur, County of Maine-et-Loire, inducted as a Companion at La Rochelle for Assumption Day, 15 August 1842, under the name of Saumur le Génie du Devoir at the age of 21 years.

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