Fred was concerned because the takings from his sweetshop had fallen again for the third week.
The accounting records showed that the claimant had 13 vehicles and spare capacity so that there was no loss of takings.
As employers make up for falling market prices in increased contributions toward their pension schemes, that by extension means less IR takings.
The company pledged to donate all breakfast takings on their ships ' sailings last Friday to the charity.
Butler's fine of a little under a pound in 1881 is likely to have been smaller than his gross takings for that day.