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The constitution and by-laws have been printed for the use of the members, (Note; in reference to the previous Ollapod Club description) and the moral as well as intellectual influence of the association, in our peculiar community, where so much is left to the honor of the individual, may be measured by the spirit and tone of these four “standing resolutions “:
“I. Resolved, That it is the expressed spirit and sentiment of this club, that each and every member of it, so long as he shall continue to be an inmate of this Asylum, is expected to observe scrupulous caution not to offend or bring disrepute upon our fellowship by presenting himself at any time or place under the influence of liquor.
“II. Resolved, That the above resolution is accepted by each and every one of us as an earnest expression of the opinion and feeling of the club, without other form of pledge or bond.
“III. Resolved, That whosoever, being a member of this club, and an inmate of the Asylum, shall present himself, at any time or place, in the condition indicated, shall be expected to offer to the club, in writing, a becoming apology; the same to be read by the secretary at the next regular meeting thereafter, if called for by the club.
“IV. Resolved, That nothing in the foregoing resolutions, expressed or implied, shall be construed as impairing the sympathy and fellowship with which it is the wish and purpose of this club to approach any member so unfortunate or faulty. But that, on the contrary, we do hold ourselves bound, collectively and individually, to extend to him all necessary protection and aid, with prompt and cheerful goodwill.
“Adopted by acclamation, March 12, 1869.”
From time to time an erratic member has strayed beyond the affection and protection of these wholesome rules, and on every such occasion the frank and genuine confession with which his apology has been offered has been only equaled by the cordial and sympathetic applause with which it has been accepted. For once in a while some weaker vessel, for all the safeguards that can be set about him, gets broken against his own bard thoughts or the underlying temptations of the town; and for such there are locked and lonesome “cages,” sacred to reflection, remorse, and bromide of potassium.
It is a phase of this mystery of iniquity, defying solution, that whilst, of the eighty or ninety probationers, there are never more than fifteen who habitually offend or fail in this particular, among these fifteen the shock of one man’s fall is transmitted through all, with the instantaneousness of an electric circuit. Strangest of all, this phenomenon of sympathetic excitement displays a character of periodicity, so clearly defined as to suggest the possibility of lunar influence. “About this time,” as the old almanacs have it, “expect madness.”