July 14, 1900. An effort made by the Gravesend and Northfleet Tradesmen's Association to get the grocers and oil and colourmen to abolish giving Christmas-boxes to customers and servants has not met with much success. At the last meeting of that body several members urged that Christmas-boxes were an imposition on tradesmen, but Mr. Peachey said the proposal to discontinue the system was a complete failure at Northfleet. The first tradesman to be called up on absolutely refused to alter his present system. The great difficulty grocers had to face was that some tradesmen gave discounts. {{COUNTERPOINT }}