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In tho course of his speech at Pukokoho last evening the Prime Minister referred to tho price of wheat and flour. Mr Massey said he had that evening received the following telegrain from the Chamber of Commerce:—" There is priictieaily no wheat on hand hero now. Tho (Sore mill has been shut down, and the lnvercargill mill is awaiting Australian supplies ns promised, otherwise it will be probably closed also. The position is quite serious in this district." This message, Mr Massey said, showed that tho position was serious. 'Tho Government wero doing their best to meet the shortage, and had offered every inducement to merchants, millers, and bakers to import wheat. The Government were getting 2"'0.l)00 bushels of wheat from Canada, and he was daily expecting to conclude a purchase in India. A member of Parliament recently stated in the Holism that- he had been informed in Auckland that thero was more whent in the country than was needed for requirements, and that a certain miller in Auckland actually had wheat to sell. He (Mr Massey) had replied that if this were so he was lirepared to buy the wheat at a good price. When the report of the members's statement was published tho miller referred to telegraphed to him (Mr Massey) stating that it was quite evident that somebody had been pullin« the member's leg. Mr Massey added that two millers in tho Auckland district had applied to him for wheat. In one case it was .stated that if tho wheat was not obtained fill men woidd bo thrown out of employment. There wero 20 to 2o millers in New Zealand who had had to apply to the Government for wheat.

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SHORTAGE OF WHEAT, Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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SHORTAGE OF WHEAT Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914