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Complaints have lately been uttered about the delay suffered by various persons in ordering books and other articles through the Co-operative Society. Upon investigation, it seems to us that substantial grounds for this dissatisfaction do exist. An order was kept at the office in which members duly wrote their commissions, but in the delivery the precedence of names has not always been followed, and the articles on hand have been distributed without reference to person. In this manner some have received undue preference, and others are clamorous against the unbusiness-like method which has been followed. So long as we rank among the former we are well enough pleased with the success and usefulness of the association, but after missing several days' preparation for lectures through careless management on the part of the society's agents, we feel much less disposed to praise it ungrudgingly. If such success is hoped for in the future as has marked the business transacted during the past week, we would urge upon those concerned a more thorough-going conduct of business and as far as possible a more speedy delivery of ordered articles. Of course an excellent excuse for these mistakes exists in the very evident and unexpected overcrowding of business upon the agents of the society. In consequence, they have been expected to do a far larger amount of work than could reasonably be required of them; and indeed we may state that, in our opinion, were it not for the judicious and untiring energy of the present superintendent of the society far greater cause for complaint would arise. But it devolves upon the directors of the society to see to it that sufficient help be provided in the running of the society, so that the society's usefulness may not hereafter be lessened by any further complaints.

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