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Many people take a cynical view of the honesty of the public, in small matters at all events. A well-known American paper, . the "Brooklyn Eagle," has proved that this opinion is wrong, and proved it in rather a strikr Trig and effective way. The idea, as explained by the "Eagle," was to give to v purchasers of ; small articles an excess of change. Forty cases were, selected at random, and in 24 the surplus was promptly returned. In the remaining 16 cases it was retained, but as the "Eagle" observes, there, is no evidence that carelessness or general; ignorance of the unexpected. increment was not responsible in some of the latter cases. The reporter sent .out by I the paper; describes how the test was made. He induced shopkeepers in almost every line of business to give surplus change. In some instances the change was returned. He tells of.buying a daily paper from different newsboys and giving a nickel (2£d) payment- for the cent. (sd) paper, and then hurrying away without waiting for change, yet in almost every, such case the boy followed him and gave him the change. In further support ,of c the _' 'Eagle's contention it may b& mentioned , that for years it has been the custom in New* York to have new stands at street corners, the owners of which leave,it to the honesty of the passers-by to select and pay for their papers themselves. The newsvendors are ■in, fact, delivering papers about the neighbour-, hood. The customers as 1 they pass the unattended stall pick up a paper arid put down- the money; taking change when necessary from the pile already there. Obviously there cannot be much leakage or the system would have been abandoned long ago. ,

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AN HONESTY TEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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AN HONESTY TEST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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