August 25, 1900. Sir: I have been interested in the question of profit for some time and endorse "Sufferer's" and "Premier's" views. I do a middle-class trade with eighteen to twenty assistants, and consider that 121/2 per cent. does not cover my working expenses as it used to do. The reason is this: Where we used to sell our own (own buying or choosing) soap, oatmeal, blue, blacklead, starch &c., at about 30 per cent gross profit, we are now being drifted into being simply agents for much-advertised articles (I will call them proprietary) bearing from 9 per cent gross. {{COUNTERPOINT }}