By Samuel Marx
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Cu s tomer. He is ripping mad, with fire in his eyes and ice in his heart. He pro duces the telegram ( s ent by a confederate ) to show he was actually called out of town on a deal involving thousands, a n d now the op portunity has gone forever. He summons a lawyer and proceeds to bring suit for any sum from te n to a hundred thousand dollars . Then, i! he is 'a particularly smart racketeer, he'll settle for whatever th e j eweler wishes to give him. A court case o f the m a t t e r is Hable to bring up s o m e dis concerting questions as to what the "big business deal" was about, an d the pr e v i o u s career o f the racketeer may be unh a pp ily brought to light by the d efen dant's a tto rne y s .
In one office, i f it were large enough, he could sell a hundred bottl e s . When the perfume was delivered, often eno ugh, the men placed the handsome looking bottles carefully away for presentation that n ight to wifey or sweetie. It, perchance, one charitable male decided to open the bottle at once, the racketeer was gone be fore the cork popped out. Then, investigation would reveal, the "perfume " that looked l ike water was indeed water. Five dollars for a ' pretty b ottle of water is still conside red high.
But these are t h in gs that the j eweler is un aware of, so let us say he offers the racketeer five thousand to drop t h e case, and the rack eteer's lawyer takes one fifth of this. Four " gr a n d " isn't half bad remuneration for the indignity suffered in spending two d ays be hind the b a rs . The prohibition law has bro u g h t to light more rackets than you could shake a n i gh ts tick at. B e fo r e prohibition, racketeers went call ing on business houses with bottles of p e rfu m e, with an aroma that was as sweet as any flower in the Garden or Eden yet was as clear to the eye as water.