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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

The Cash System Saves Them

The Cash System Saves Them.

There can be no denying the fact that were the retailers of liquor to submit to a credit business being carried on, their profits would be docked to a degree just equal to that which all other retail tradesmen have to put up with. Competition is so keen and searching that no single trade can possibly remain for very long a more profitable one than any other. No sooner is it known that A's business is carried on with more success than B's than a dozen others force their way into the scramble, and a civil war ensues amongst the traders which ends favorably, perhaps to the purchasing public, but most disastrously to themselves, and still more so to the unfortunate creditors who of course suffer in the long run. No competition would prevent publicans from perpetuating their successful cash system, unless some outside influence militated in their favor. Is there any such influence which props up the liquor trade? which pampers the very branch of commerce which sober men strive daily to stamp out and destroy? Yes! there is an influence, a powerful and irresistible influence; the law of the country actually protects the liquor trade, whilst it turns a deaf car to those who are struggling in all the turmoil and strife of legitimate business!