The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30
The Only Real Cash Traders
The Only Real Cash Traders.
Did it ever occur to the reader that publicans seldom seem to be suffering from bad times? Just steal into the bar and peep into their well-filled tills; ask them what their credit balances are at the banks, and see if they do not average up hundreds per cent greater than those of traders in goods; look at their traps and race-horses; their gaily dressed ladies; their robicund countenances and rounded persons. Do these smack of hard times? The answer may and probably will be,—" Oh! but see what profits publicans make on the liquor they sell!"—and the answer is wrong. That is not the whole secret, or even the greater part of the secret of the success of the liquor-selling class of traders. The great advantage which they have over the ordinary tradesman is that they sell for cash. There is no long credit for them, and there are no hard times; and it might safely be said that the absence of the former is very much the cause of the absence of the latter.