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The Merchants Journal from Topeka, Kansas • 8

The Merchants Journal from Topeka, Kansas • 8

Topeka, Kansas
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THE MERCHANTS JOURNAL The following letter was received in my mail Saturday, December 30, 1914. It was from a chain store manager, and instead of answering it directly, I have taken the liberty of doing so by way of The Merchants Journal: Dear Mr. Sweeney: I have read your articles in The Merchants Journal for a number of years and, believe me, I have got a lot of dandy pointers from them, and as soon as the paper comes my way I just hurry over the pages for your "'live as one of our old superintendents used to call it. What I have been wishing to say is that I am often eager to do the things you suggest, but my hands are tied, as everything with us is cut and dried, in other words, we are machines and just hand out what the customer calls for. I would like to fix things different and talk to people about higher grade goods and so on, but we fellows must do what they dictate from headquarters.

Nevertheless, I learn a lot from your "'live and wouldn't miss it for anything. This is to thank you for your help and encouragement in the past. Yours sincerely, Clerks' Corner The reply: My Dear Fellow: -With the elimination of wagon deliveries and credit, and the endless detail necessarily attached to both these systems, your position compared to that of the "regulation'3 grocery store manager is a cinch. True, the salary may not be so inviting at present. But you are freed from the heartaches and headaches.

You miss the jolts and jawings, the hiring and firing and many and many another little peace disturbing, cuss provoking incident far too numerous, and sometimes far too indecent to write here. You speak of having things cut and dried for you. This, to a very great extent, is necessary (I write from experience). First because it is the desire of the firm to have their line of stores as uniform as possible; second, because an irregularity can be more easily detected by your inspector, and third, because the matter of the location of goods has been studied out scientifically. Yet a striking departure from regulation display, when it is striking, is commended but not encouraged.

Don't take your cut and dried proposition so seriously. Strike out occasionally and watch results. In your daily report write on a separate slip what you have done and the result you had. After a while begin to write letters about things, little or big, but write directly to the point, and that point business. We have one fellow who writes us two full pages every day right after closing hours.

He isn't a kicker, by any means. He just loves to clean out before supper. Another thing you state that I don't like, because you are wrong about it. You say you are supposed to hand out just what the customer calls for. That isn't so.

If your super gave you that impression he surely has a gross misconception of one of the vital points of his job. Talk quality, because quality is value. Six cent peas won't make for anybody, as low as they are. money Neither will 7 cent string beans. You're not a machine at all.

You are an intelligent man, or you wouldn't be where you are. Drop this machine thought and get after business in your own way. Put personality and vigor and earnestness into your talk. That's what the firm wants you to do. What do they care how you go about a sale! In closing I will say you hold that job because you are trustworthy, sober, prompt, efficient, and because you are a good-habit man.

It is gratifying to know that the Sweeney talks are SO thoroughly appreciated. Very sincerely yours, W. E. SWEENEY. CHARLES WOLFF, WEDS MISS JESSICA SHORTT.

Charles Wolff', who succeeded his father, the late Charles Wolff, as president of the Wolff Packing company of Topeka, was married last week to Miss Jessica Shortt, of Topeka, and is now on his wedding trip to New Orleans, and other southern points. CHARLES WOLFF, JR. President of the Charles Wolff Packing Topeka. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.

Henry E. Shortt, of 1020 West Eighth street. Mr. Shortt is a banker and land dealer. Both the bride and groom have been very prominent in Topeka society circles.

On their return to Topeka they will live at 915 West Tenth street. P. C. CRENSHAW LEAVES STANDARD OIL. Announcement has just been made that P.

C. Crenshaw has resigned his position as general manager of the Standard Oil after -eight years continuous service with that company. Mr. Crenshaw has a large circle of friends among the heads of the largest industrial concerns of the country, as well as among the jobbing interests, and many warm friends among the ranks of the retailers. Naturally great surprise was expressed, when announcement of his resignation from the official family of the Standard Oil Co.

was made. As yet Mr. Crenshaw's successor has not been appointed. Mr. Crenshaw is known throughout the country as of great business force, unquestioned integrity, and thoroughly responsible.

There is probably no better posted man in the oil industry. Interest in this change naturally attaches itself to the report, that is becoming quite current, that Mr. Crenshaw will head a large independent refining concern. Topeka Maid Coffee 18 ozS. For the Price of a Lb.

We pay a premium for extra quality on every bag of coffee that goes -into this brand. We authorize you to refund the purchase price to any dissatisfied customer. Let them keep the Coffee. This Coffee is packed in paraffined bags that go inside of another heavy water-proof bag, which is lined with grease proof paper. This makes it certain to reach the consumer with its original full strength and flavor.

It's a sure trade builderTHE DAVIS MERCANTILE CO. Wholesale Grocers and Coffee Roasters TEN PAILS 10 lbs. EACH $13.50 One 10 lb. Pail Free. cut Delivered to your station.

PUSSES COCOANUT CHON Cream GOLA 40 Different Kinds to select from -All fresh -from our newly equipped and modern Candy FactoryHigh grade pure sugar goods Cocoanut Beauties, Fruit Cut Fudge, Peanut Cream Blocks, Fig Bars, Maple Peanut Squares, Peanut Fudge, Cocoanut Silk Squares, Iced Cocoanut Squares, Fruit Cocoanut Caramels, Cocoanut Tops, Fig Caramels, Little Dans, Clover Blossoms, Lemon Drops, Nutmeg Butter Scotch, Fruit Trilbies, Molasses Mints, Jelly Cream Squares, Cocoanut Cream Blocks, Gypsy Creams, Pineapple Creams, Cherry Cream Blocks, Cocoa Jellies, Iced Jelly Drops, Cocoanut Balls, Eldorado Raspberries, Apricot Peach Stones, Toasted Goodies, Flowing Cherry Ices, Chocolate Caramels, Hand Made Bon Bons, Peach Jellies, Bismarks, Cocoanut Fudge, Cocoanut Layer Fudge, Bon Bons, Varsity Jellies, Iced Cream Fudge, Strawberry Fudge, Peanut Cream Blocks, Fruit Cut Fudge, Etc. Instead of taking one pail free you may have your choice of premiums: 1-qt. Nickle Plated or Leather Covered the following Aluminum Coffee 1-All Thurmos Bottle, 1-9 Cup Percolator, Aluminum Casserole, 6 Granite Coffee Percolators, automatically, 1-Large lifts Tea Leaves (17 inches) or 1-London Tea Bob (works Granite Oval Roaster out when steeped enough). Every one of these items, the best of its kind. The Davis Mercantile Topeka, Ks.

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