August 4, 1900. Letter from "Southerner": " I am pleased to see that some are awake to the fact that wholesale houses have branch shops . I have known wholesale men sell goods at retail prices cheaper than we could buy wholesale. There must be something wrong in that. We ought to be able to buy any medium quantity at prices to compete with stores, but in our town all the stores are selling cheaper than we can buy at wholesale. I did a good trade with a wholesale local grocer. He, knowing I was doing a good trade, took a shop next door under an assumed name and of course cut me up! {{COUNTERPOINT }}