Where It Touches the Ground

Where It Touches the Ground

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...for all sorts of brawls, but that's a mistake. The fellow that starts anything in a bar gets slung out so quick he doesn't know what hit him. A good, shrewd saloon keeper isn't trying to drag his place into the lime light with any rows or scandals. But John's a mighty decent fellow, anyhow--he shows that when he steps in and helps you out as he did to-day, knowing all the time that your business is taking the coin away from him faster than any other opposition he's got. Still, that's as much shrewdness as it is good-heartedness on John's part. He knows somebody's bound to run a show there, and I reckon he figures a woman's apt to do a smaller business than a man would." "There!" cried Anne, "that's a thing I wanted to ask you about. How does the picture show hurt the saloon?" "Miss Anne," said Jim, earnestly, "all the prohibitionists and white ribboners combined have never been able to put the crimp in the drink business that the motion picture show has put there! Don't you realize that the movie show is the one and only place of recreation in this country that ever has opened its doors to the workingman for the price that he can afford to pay? Before we had the movies men could spend their evenings at home, or in the saloon--and they mostly chose the saloon. Not so much because they wanted to drink as because they wanted warmth and cheer and sociability. But when they can get all those things and see a good show for a nickel, when there's a decent place they can afford to go and take the wife and kids along, why, there's hundreds of men who'd rather do it, and that's where John loses." "Of course that must be true." Anne's eyes were bright with this glimpse of new fields of thought....show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951395
  • 9781236951397