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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

The Law Protects them

The Law Protects them.

Debts incurred for liquor are not recoverable in courts of law, consequently publicans are paid in cash. I want to see the same favorable legislation extended towards trading of all kinds, and the result will be some- page 10 thing similar to that which we notice in the liquor trade. It is undoubtedly a matter for congratulation that the law does not sanction credit in regard to the retail sale of liquor. If a man addicted to drink could get drunk "on tick" there would simply be no limits to indulgence.

And even if the publicans tried to maintain the cash system, does the reader believe they would succeed? One man might announce his intention to sell for cash only; but the opposition house would give credit, especially if the proprietor had been started in business with somebody else's capital. It would not be long before all engaged in the liquor traffic would be on precisely the same footing as those in other trades; customers would walk up to the bar, take refreshment, have it debited against them and be expected to pay for it at the end of the quarter; the publicans would sit down in something like the despair that many and many a trader has done and will continue to do. The accounts will be fired at the thick hides af the moneyless customers, but no cash will pour in to fill the growing vacuum in the cash-box.