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The following is an abstract of the particulars in the preceding table :
It thus appears that during 5675 years of risk, to which the females on the Fund have been exposed, 128 died, the mortality being 2.2555 per cent. At age 15 to 54 inclusive which comprises 97.62 per cent. of the whole experience, the mortality is at the rate of 2.2202 per cent. as appears from the following abstract:
It will be interesting to place these results in juxta-position with the results applicable to the male members of the Fund generally and the East Indian male members of the Fund as obtained from a recent Article in the Calcutta Review.*
* No. LXI. p.
It thus appears that, although on the whole experience the mortality of the females is less than that of either of the other two classes,* the deaths at the early ages are considerably in excess of what are observed to occur amongst the males.
Before proceeding further it would be curious to ascertain whether there is any apparent difference between the mortality of the widows and married women on this Fund. The whole
data available is so very limited, that great caution is necessary in founding any conclusion on it whatever; but the mortality at the early ages being nearly double what Mr. Neison and Mr. Davies suppose to prevail in other Indian funds, some attempt at explanation may not be without profit.
The following table then indicates the mortality amongst the widows the explanation of the different columns being the same as that applicable to abstract A. above.
* This is in accordance with what obtains elsewhere. During the seven years 1838-44 the mortality per cent. per annum in England and Wales was amongst males 2.270 and females 2.104. During the 10 years 1845-54 the mortality amongst the males was 2.364 and the females 2.205 per cent. per aunum while the Chester, Government Annuitants,' and other tables of mortality, give a higher value to female than to male life. It is to be observed however, that the table prepared by the Committee of Actuaries of London applicable to Assured Lives, indicates the mortality from age 10. to.the extremity of life, of females to be 2.2535. per cent., and of males, only 1.7288. per cent.
The following table is a condensed synopsis of the results in the preceding abstract. These numbers are so small that no safe conclusion can be formed from them :—
We conclude by comparing the results arising out of the present enquiry with the tables applicable to females on the Indian Funds adopted by Mr. Neison, Mr. Davies, and others in their Reports.
In his Reports on the Bengal Civil and Military Funds Mr. Davies adopts, as applicable to married women-" with a slight variation by way of increase of the mortality at the younger "ages"-the table employed by him in investigating the Madras Military Fund in 1839, which is obtained from observations of the casualties amongst the widows and daughters on that Fund. Mr. Neison, for want of a better, uses the same table in his Reports on the Civil and Military Funds. The only origiMARCH, 1859.