Second Shetland Truck System Report

Second Shetland Truck System Report

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Excerpt: ...or sometimes twice in one year, but not often. 8519. You get supplies, as a rule, from the merchant in whose smack you go to the fishing?-Yes, we get that if we require them. 8520. But, as a rule, do you get your supplies from that merchant?-As a rule we do, but there are exceptions. For my own part, I have never been under the necessity of taking out supplies unless I chose; but, generally speaking, I have taken them out, especially stores required for our own use in the vessel. 8521. And when anything is required for the man's family at home during the season, is it generally got from the same merchant?-It may be. In most cases, I think, that would be the case; but, for my own part, was not bound to do that, because at the time of settlement I had always something to take, and I could deal where I chose. 8522. You say you were not bound to do it: is it common for men to feel that they are bound to do that?-Of course. If I was employed by a curer or a merchant, and had been in the habit of dealing with another before I was employed by him, I would consider it something like a duty, in a moral point of view, to put my money into his shop, and I have done so, although I have never been obligated to do it. 8523. Are some of the men obligated to do that?-I think they are obligated, for this reason, that they could scarcely help themselves. Perhaps they had not the money to purchase their goods elsewhere, and they were bound for that reason from a selfish motive. 8524. You think they could not get credit elsewhere?-Yes. Some of them I know could not get it elsewhere. Perhaps some of them could. 8525. But the merchant who employs men at the Faroe fishing is generally ready to give credit to a man who is in these circumstances, and who does not have money?-Of course he does. He understands he has that to do. They make advances, perhaps before, but as soon as the men engage to go to the fishing. It may be about this time, or it may be a month previous to...
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  • Paperback | 662 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,161g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236692462
  • 9781236692467