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Pretermitting all reference to rationality political opinions or denominational distinctions or preferences, but believing in the existence of a God, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe, and recognizing as a fundamental principle, that usefulness to ourselves and others is a duty which should be the constant aim and care of all, the following are submitted as the aims and purposes of the “ Ancient Order of United Workmen :"

1. To embrace and give equal protection to all classes and kinds of labor, mental and physical ; to strive earnestly to improve the moral, intellectual and social condition of its members; endeavor, by wholesome precepts, fraternal admonitions and substantial aid, to inspire a due appreciation of the stern realities and responsibilities of life.

2. To create a fund for the benefit of its members during sickness or other disability, and in case of death, to pay a stipulated sum to such person or persons as may be designated by each member, thus enabling him to guarantee his family against want.

3. The adoption of such secret work and means of recognition as will insure the protection of its members wherever the Order may exist.

4. To hold lectures, read essays, discuss new inventions and improvements, encourage research in art, science and literature, and, when practicable, maintain a library for the improvement of the members.

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