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SCOTTISH LICENSED GROCERS.

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SCOTTISH LICENSED GROCERS. 'Xr'. li "Mod Nicol, manager Of ar Co-operative A ;otiati.on, afcr BreAferwho gave evidence before tlife P»nifnission on the Liceifting Laws, presided ovet fliy Eoi*d Beel^aid lie •rfUs •'forHS^rJ^.in business at Aloiitq?bse *Vh hm father,-wh<» Carried t)n businete are ■jiiigrocer and-ipirit dealer,for the purpoia. of support- ^<*88 *^thypgh he had^.personal,dis- tto the corobiHatflon of th$i two trades, fitness ^e#v6d #or nine y^rs in the shop, and .lus attention tva^" directed" by his father to a case in which every > item relating te liquor in an account sued onswas /struck out. j SJ < J > The Chairman: As the result of this case, what iny etructions did you get from your father?-Never to enter liquor as liquor, but to enter it as goods, such us butter, or anything that can^e near it in,price. The' Chairman: Are you quite sure that you did not exceed your father's instructions?—Quite sure: There waff another case in which the wife of a sailor, ,'Vvhose husband receive d his wages'monthly. gave in- lom structions not to put down liquor on the bill, but to put down something else near the price, for fear her husband on coming home from sea would see where, l.er allowance w^ftt. The Ghairman: And you sotd her whisky and entered it as butter?—I did. The Chairman: Does.thsfc ttistom generally pre- rail ?—I don't know that every groe'er or assistant Joes it, opportunity. Mr. Gritffingr-Do you come hereto confess that > ou and ydlir father, whais dead, connived at these malpractices—th^fftlse.. booking ?*-I hatfe <ome to nsi^r auy qrlpstfchs^ thaf'I apr a^ted. You may olltitthøtway;'ifyouliie"}.j 1 Mr. Youtigar^Ik> yea hot: think your action in, ?n(ering4whifky*os fitter was a fraudulent action?1 —I think so now; but I d'd not think so then. I bought it was part of my business to do it. By Mr. Wbittaker; Conversations with grocers md their assistants confirmed his view that what he had described was a fcommp practice, though he. did not now engage in it himself. As indicating that, ^•istomers were sometimes ashamed of what they were loing, women wouMo rjne a' grocer's shop with a large basket containing,a small towel and apparently my amount of goods,, and cpme out with nothing but he towel in the basket and a bottle of whisky in their, i)ocket. J, Mr. paine:, YouTiave evidently come heto per- form a-very disagreeable duty, in the interests- of the publics"?—Yes. i Mr. RrehardrWilson, who had been engaged;in the grocelty tra^te in Dundee -for nearly quarter of a; rentury; saidlbe had been in the habit of going into the country twice a week with a van, dispensing groceries, whisky, ale, and stout without previous i orders, and he believed1 that the habit of grocers ilLagaHy selling liquor was still carried on. He had 1. also supplied liquor in a grocer's shop for, consump- tion on the premises. He thought there was a great deal .of drinking in grocers' shops in a secret way.! There was a practice of giving children sweets when they went with air order for liquor. r. i «] i i ■' ■ • =

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