May 18, 1901. Manufacturers are now absolutely petting the consumer, for whom they cannot do too much, and whose patronage is solicited with infinite enterprise and ingenuity. Many of our retail subscribers now devote more energy to catering for the seasonable requirements of their customers, and as pointed out on these columns on previous occasions, there is money in the business. "I have some fine biscuits," said a grocer this week to one of his regular customers. "Would you like to have a free sample box to give them a trial?" {{COUNTERPOINT }}