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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Balance the Account

Balance the Account.

But if he must be compensated, why treat the matter differently from any other business transaction? Every account current has its two sides, its Debtor and Creditor. Would any trader think of paying the one without balancing it by the other? Suppose it were decided to give the publican ten years' goodwill of his business when the renewal of his license was refused. Set off against this all the evil he has inflicted on society during the previous ten years. Let the widow, the orphan, the criminal, the lunatic, the street-walker, and his other customers send in their accounts for that period. Let him also refund the cost of all the institutions which the State has had to maintain in its dealings with these classes. Then he will be in a position to ask for whatever compensation may be thought due to him for the non-renewal of an expired yearly license.