Great surprise was occasioned by the announcement that a certain prominent book-seller of Cambridge, frightened at the brilliant prospects of the Co-operative Association, has betaken himself to intimidating his fellow-tradesmen. This man has threatened the most dire evils to Cambridge merchants who shall support or aid in any way the attempts of the students to assist themselves in the matter of purchases. "I will arouse," said he, "such a powerful public sentiment against the thing that any merchant who aids these fellows will regret it." There is no man in Cambridge who has made as much money from Harvard students as the very person who now is enraged at their efforts to supply themselves with needful articles at ordinary prices. And it is well known that fully twenty per cent. more is charged for books in Cambridge than in other places. The Co-operative Society, as all such institutions, has been formed with the best possible motives, the good of a large number and the intentional injury of no one. All belligerent onslaughts of those who find their pleasant monopolies tampered with cannot fail to be perfectly inane, and can only hasten their long-deferred deserts.
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