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Element 8. Closable Customers

When I see a merchant over-polite to his customers, begging them to taste a little brandy and throwing half his goods on the counter—thinks I, that man has an axe to grind.

—Charles Miner, from “Essays from the Desk of Poor Robert the Scribe,” Doylestown, Pa., 1815.
It first appeared in the Wilkesbarre Gleaner, 1811.


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