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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...by duping the public. It is true that the public is not as gullible as it was some years ago, and is not so easily fooled by the continuousperformance fire sales, bankrupt sales, etc.: but while you cant fool all the people all of the time, you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, and any legislation that will protect them is desirable, as it will incidentally protect honest merchants, who always suffer more or less as a result of the competition of the fakers. The Let-up Only Temporary During the past few weeks--indeed, since a state of war was declared existing between this country and Germany--there has been a notable decrease in business all over the country. Ketailers have not been doing as much and have rcen very charv about placing orders. "That the situation has created a feeling of uncertainty cannot be denied. So far this has not affected the manufacturers at all. In practicallv every line manufacturers are so filled tin with orders that they welcome rather than deplore a temporary let-up. as it gives them an opportunity to catch ur somewhat on trie vast volume of unfilled orders thev finve on their books. Tt is probable that long before they are anywhere near caught up the scare will have become a thing of the past and normal conditions will have resumed. Are Prices Too Greatly Inflated? Marshall Field & Co. have just sent out a circular to the dry goods trade throughout the country that has created a great trade sensation. As is generally known, cotton goods, like other commodities, have been steadily advancing in price. Yet in this circular Marshall Field & Co. have made quotations considerably lower than ruling market prices on many items. Such a well-known staple as 'Fruit of the Loo...
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