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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1911, Image 12

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grade visit tfie "carry-your-.
goods-home-yourself" stores. Re
cently Bowers made arrange
ments to deliver purchases of $5
and over, because an order of that
size is usually too heavy for a
woman to carry,
Bowers divides the profits with
his store managers. He figures
on making a clear profit of 4 per
cent on everything he sells; and
he allows 10 per cent for the cost
of handling. "
That 14 per cent is added to
the wholesale price of his goods,,
and it doesn't make any differ
ence to him whether that agrees
with the retail price fixed by the
manufacturer or not.
It took many a hard fight to
make the manufacturers, let him
retail at his own price and'not at
the higher price printed on pack
age goods.-
"Most of the, other groceries
have to load their goods any
where from 25 to 40 per 'cent,
Bowers explains.
"My three dozen stores permit
me to turn over my stock almost
every day. If I run short in one
store I can stock up on a few min
utes' notice. I am not compelled
to charge my customers interest,
on a big stock of goods. I don't
have the losses of perishable foods
to .contend with, and for the same
i;eas9n.
!!But the largest share of the
high cost of living is not due to
the grocer," said Joseph Fly,
Bowers' righthand man, "but to
the food, syndicate: There isn't
a single food product on our1
shelves but has itSi4riceogithgn,
fixed or influenced b' some foock
syndicate."
"Could co-operative groceries
cut -down the cost any?"
"About as much as we do," he'
replied, "if they cut out credit and
delivering, and bought in large
quantities for cash."
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Regardless of where the na-f
tional conventions are iield, we
beg theplatform makers to con
sider these planks:
Reciprocity on everything but
grape nuts.
Inheritance tax on H. Harm
Lewis' whiskers. v,i
Semi-annual fumigation of the,
Illinois legislature. c
Permanent injunction against;
church gossip.
Prohibition of feather dusters
that look like Mr. Justice Hughes..
Arbitration for magazine poe-

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