Of Course the Public Pays-and Should, Daily Racing Form, 1917-01-13


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OF COURSE THE PUBLIC PAYS— AND SHOULD. There is no special reason why a man should complain when he is not able to get a quart out of a pint pot, yet the view many people take of lacing is that it should return more than is given to it, pay everybody a guaranteed profit, and stand condemned if it fails in these things, which are not demanded from any other form of sporting activity. The lament that, no matter what new taxa-ticn or fee is imposed, "the public pays the frieght just the same." must be- grounded on the delusion that there is some form of entertainment and amusement maintained by high-minded and unselfish persons solely for the public enjoyment and without cost to the said public. None of these philanthropic enterprises are located in this neighborhood, at least. All the- baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, theatrical and other attractions expect .the public to keep them going, and even to provide a little profit for the man behind the gun. Baeing doe-s not differ from them in the least in this respect, and. to repeat the first principle laid down in this paragraph, there seems to be no sound reason why it should be expected to. — Francis Nelson in Toronto Globe.

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