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PRoGNATHisM—PRoGRAMME

on day wages. By greater zeal and intelligence and less waste, not necessarily by harder work, he reckoned they could save £3000 a year; and he made it their interest to do so by arranging that they should receive the greater part of the saving themselves. This arrangement proved a very great success; the material gain to the men- and the improvement in their morale were marked; and Leclaire, who began life with nothing and died worth £48,000, always maintained that, without the zeal drawn out in his men by profit-sharing, he never could have made so large a business or gained so much wealth. In 1908 the system was still in active operation in the firm. Its main features are as follows: after paying 5% interest on the capital, and small sums as wages of superintendence to the two managing partners, the remaining profit is divided into four parts, one of which goes to the managing partners, one to the Mutual Aid Society, and the remaining half to the employees as a dividend on their ordinary wages, exclusive of piece-work and overtime, on which no dividend is paid. The Mutual Aid Society is a registered body, and is a limited partner in the firm, the liability of the two managing partners being unlimited and the control resting entirely in their hands. The benefits of the Mutual Aid Society, and of the profit-sharing generally, are enjoyed in the main by all the employees of the business, but certain advantages are connned to a limited number of permanent employees.

Leclaire's system attracted the marked interest of John Stuart Mill and other English economists, and in 1865-1867 a number of experiments in profit-sharing, or as it was then called, industrial partnership, were made in England, the most noted being that of Henry Briggs, Son & Co., at their collieries in Yorkshire. The main object in this case was to detach the workmen from the trade union and attach them to the iirm. In other ways the experiment was very successful, and £40,000 was divided as bonus on wages in nine years, but the main object was not attained; and when the price of coal fell heavily after the inflation of 1873 Briggs's men joined the strike to resist a reduction of wages, and the experiment came to an end. The present extent of profit-sharing, though in itself considerable, is but small in comparison with the vast extent of the world's commerce and industry, and except in one of its developments, co-partnership, it can hardly be said to be making progress. In 1906 there were in the United Kingdom and its colonies 65 ordinary firms practising profit-sharing in its strictest sense, and 17 others known to have adopted and not known to have discontinued it, making 82 in all as against Q2 in 1901, and 101 in 1894. On the other hand the number of employees had grown from 28,000 in 1894 to 48,000 in 1906. In addition about one-fourth of the workmen's co-operative societies in Great Britain (see Co-oi>ERAr1oN) practise profit-sharing with perhaps 30,000 employees.

In 1894 it was found that there were more profit-sharing firms in the British Empire than in any other country, and this is probably still true. The only rival is France, where, however, the term “ participation aux bénéfices ” is used in a wider sense. There are also important examples in Germany, the United States, Switzerland (where the state once applied the system in the postal service, and still does in the telegraphs), in Holland, in the socialist co-operative societies of Belgium, and elsewhere.

Profit-sharing has been quickly abandoned in many instances, for various reasons; there were no profits to divide; the small bonus given seemed to have no effect; the hope of detaching the men from their union, or contenting them with lower wages, was not realized; or the business passed into unsympathetic hands. On the other hand, one lasting success in such a matter proves more than many short experiments which failed; and profit-sharing has been splendidly successful where some high minded man has breathed into it the spirit of partnership. Often it has been a step to actual partnership; the Workman has not only received a share of profit, as added remuneration of his labour, but been led on to invest in the capital of the' business, and as a shareholder, to take his share of the profits paid on capital, as well as of responsibility, of loss if any, and of control. This system of profit-sharing plus shareholding is now known as co-partnership (see Co-oPERAr1oN), and is making undoubted progress. It is exemplified in nearly all profit-sharing cooperative societies, and in a growing number of businesses of non-co-operative origin which accumulate part or the whole of labour's profit in shares. In 1908, in the Familistére of Guise the whole capital of £200,000 belonged to the workers and a few retired workers, in Leclaire's old business the Mutual Aid Fund owned half, in the Laroche- Ioubert paper-works the employees owned more than two-thirds. In the South Metropolitan Gas Co. the employees owned £327,000 and elected three of the nine directors. It would seem to be in this direction, as a step to full partnership, that profit-sharing has a great future before it.

BIBLIOGRAPHY.—A large number of works are noted in the International Co-operative Bibliography (London, 1906; International Co-operative Alliance). The following may be specially mentioned: Sedley Taylor, Profit-sharing between Capital and Labour (London, 1884; New York, 1886); N. P. Gilman, Proft-sharing between Employer and Emplolyed (London and New York, 1892); and N. P. Gilman, A Dividen to Labour (London and Boston, 1900); Board of Trade Report bg# D. F. Schloss, on Profit-sharing (London, 1894; with yearly a denda in the Labour Gazette); D. F. Schloss, Methods of Industrial Remuneration (London, I 894);Victor Bohmert, Die Gefwinnbe theiligung (Leipzig, 1878, and Dresden 1903); Publications of the Société pour l'étude de la participation (Paris, 1879 and onwards); Albert Trombert, Guide pratigue de la participation (Paris, 1892); International Co-operative Al iance publications, especially Report of Fifth Congress (London, 1902); Labour Co-partnership Association Reports and Publications (London, 1883, and onwards). (A. W1.*>


PROGNATHISM (Gr. πρό, forward, and γνάθος, jaw), the term applied by ethnologists, with its opposite Orthognathism (ὀρθός, straight), to describe the varying degrees of projection of the upper jaw, which itself is determined by the angle made by the whole face with the brain-cap. Eurygnathism (εὐρύς, wide), is the lateral projection of jawbones so characteristic of the Mongolic races. (See Craniometry.)


PROGNOSIS (Gr. πρόγνωσις, knowledge of recognition beforehand, from πρόγιγνώσκειν, to know beforehand, cf. “ prognostication,” prediction), a term used in modern medicine, as it was in Greek, for an opinion, forecast or decision as to the probable course, duration and termination of a case of disease. It is to be distinguished from “ diagnosis ” (Gr. διάγνωσις, διαγιγνώσκειν to distinguish), the determination or identification of a disease in a particular case from an investigation of its history and symptoms.


PROGRAMME, or Program, in its original use, following that of Gr. πρόγραμμα, a public notice (προγράφειν, to make public by writing), now chiefly in the sense of a printed notice containing the items of a musical concert, with the names of the pieces to be performed, the composers and the performers, or of a theatrical performance, with the characters, actors, scenes, &c. In a wider sense the word is used of a syllabus or scheme of study, order of proceedings or the like, or of a catalogue or schedule containing the chief points in a course of action, and so, politically, in the sense of a list of the principal objects on which a party proposes to base its legislative course of action, as in the “ Newcastle Programme ” of 1891, drawn up by the Liberal Federation. The spelling “ program,” now general in America, was that first in use in England, and so continued till the French form “ programme ” was adopted at the beginning of the 19th century. The New English Dictionary considers the earlier and modern American spelling preferable, on the analogy of “ diagram,” “ telegram, ” “ cryptogram ” and the like. Scott and Carlyle always used “ program.”


PROGRAMME MUSIC, a musical nickname which has passed into academic currency, denoting instrumental music without words but descriptive of non-musical ideas. Musical sounds lend themselves to descriptive purposes with an ease which is often uncontrollable. A chromatic scale may suggest the whistling of the wind or the cries of cats; reiterated staccato notes may suggest many things, from raindrops to the cackling of hens. Again, though music cannot directly imitate anything