Clipped From The Washington Post
o't estimated in Uncle H i e . Soda kllf as the straw as -"Nol only in it. Sutla ? t h e palates o t round, and l i s h e r -- t h e handy i n attendant." t at some \Vaehinaton' consumed tell In "winter's records m e r this quantity "The tanks Jo hold the BOda Water would rtin"cleat through the lout 400 miles at each pole." ' It Is estimated that 120;OOD soda fountains are tn service IH the United States. In a trade directory 45,661 retail .druggists' names are listed. . It is true that some of them hay0 no soda fountains; but the direct profit in a fountain Is so large and its value in bringing into the storo people who buy. medicines, soap," perfumery, toilet articles, c.. Is so great that it is believed at least 80 pfer cent of the druggists sell soda water. Every candy shop of even the smallest pretensions has a soda fountain and so have, moat caterers. A story IB told of a - catering house of tlie most Intense respectability In the Back Bay district of Boston, which fof 40 years refused tb servfe Soda water, and ^Â·ould as soon have thought' of - painting [ Bunker Hill Monument pink as of install- ing a,' fountain* Competition- ?.Â£nd the- well-bred unmistakable demand of Sack" 1 By have forced an abandonment of*the' firm's sacred .pllcy, and 'lately It sot up a 12-foot IburiCalh.- .In department; stores soda fountains are as " much' matter of ' coutseas "white sales" in January. f Hundreds 'of fountains" sputter ; at summer', resorts. Â· and when they counted in with, .those In drug stores/ candy shops, .railroad stations^ and other 'Â·places, ^thfe.total'of .120,000 seehia rathetf conservative than otherwise. - Whoever .has slaked his thirst at "marble, counters fcnfiws that the length a- fountain varies from 6 feet.in. the modest shop of- a side street apothecary about do feet in' a first-class confee,tl6n- ary store*, Allow 10 feet as an average* the 120,000 fountains placed end to'