Clipped From Lincoln Journal Star
whicu to be year to remove a a without see tax, once dreadful taxed a that fact try not tor of accumulation victims in a up- ice have have bureau, the o t h e r de\. " w i l government nion t h a n the tax worth." As for the d e p a r t m e n t other m e r c a n t i l e concerns, frankly s t a t e t h a t t h e taxes on luxuries w i l l i-o.-i t h great deal of money, anil t h a t t will be passed on to the consumer the price o f ' the article. The declared to be l u x u r i e s by revenue law. a n d uierehy bearing tax of 10 per cent, are as follows: pets and rugs, i n c l u d i n g t the exception of imported and American rugs made principally of w o o when., costing o\er live dollars p square yard: picture frames, selling at a price in excess of $10 each; trunks, costing over J50 each: valises, traveling bags, suitcases, hat boxes j used by travelers, and fitted toilet cases re/tailing in excess of $2."-each: purses, pockctbooks and haubags cost ing $7.50 each; portable l i g h t i tures, including lamps of all kinds lamp shades at over $25 each; urn-1 brellas, parasols and sun shades, over J4 each: fans, over $1; house or smoking coats* or jackets, and bath or lounging robes, costing over $5 women's and misses' hats, bonnets hoods, in excess of $15: men's boys' hats, in excess of $5: and and boys' caps in excess of $2: women, misses' and boys' boot:?, pumps and slippers, not includidng ! shoes or appliances made to order [any person h a t i n g a crippled deformed foot o rankle, in excess of a pair: men's and boys' neckties neckwear, in excess of $2 each: and boys' silk stockings and hose, i above $1 per pair, and women's and misses' silk stockings above $2 peri pair: men's shirts in exces of $; men's, women's, misses' and boys' jamas, iiignt srowns aim underwear, exces of $5 each, and kimouas, petticoats and waists, costing over $15 each. Already, certain loopholes have discovered in escaping some of these taxes. Men, with small necks, have suddenly taken to buying bojs* shirts from stores which hold a liberal view as to what constitutes boyhood. who have cherished a hitherto undy- nig affection for the union suit, are now buying their underwear in t pieces to avoid the tax, and shoe! stores report a sudden, enormous demand for made-to-order shoes from persons alleged to be suffering from various foot deformities, including bunions. Women's wear stores complain that their sales have fallen off since the new tax went i n t o their patrons are buying lower-priced merchandise in order to avoid the and Tha,t. as a consquence. they w have to put the price of t h e i stock up to meet the loss. This has already- been done in the case of women's silk stockings, which in tjie past week have risen an average of twenty cents a pair. On the other hand, many stores selling popnlar lines of goods report they have had no falling off in their sales since the tax on luxuries began. that their patrons have paid it amiably. Indeed, the demand for some the bigger luxuries, such as automobiles, and jewelry, taxable under another section of the revenue bill, is reported 'to have increased rather than diminished. But from the shoe stores, the soda fountain men and the national retail ddry goods association, .the protest is sustained and vociferous.