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EXTORTIONATE TRADERS

PI'XTSHED BY KXtll.lSil MOBS. Disorderly scenes were witnessed in High street, Cradley Heath. on Friday, August 7, iu consequence of a demonstration made by a large crowd in front, of the stores of a provision dealer who, it was alleged, had increased the prices of foodstuffs to an excessive extent. An attempt was made to rush the premise-, and seize articles of food, Inst this was frustrated by the assistants, who do.-e-l the doors and called in the police. In the rush a side window was broken and several per-pus wore crushed, but not severely. A crowd nf several thousand men and women remained in front of the shop for about seven hours, and efforts were made, to prevent customers cnt“ving. dhe police guarded the premises tor hours, and eventually removed the crowd. At night •the disorderly scenes were renewed, and i another window was smashed with a brick I hurled from the crowd. The shop u;u I barricaded. 1 A crowd estimated at between 1,0»>0 and 2,(XX) gathered outside a provision .-hop at Dudley Port. Tipton, on Saturday. August B, in consequence of what was regarded as an undue inllatiun of tho charges for food supplies. A largo section of the crowd went to the premises at the rear r,f the shop, and having removed a portion of the roof of the bakehouse, helped themselves to stores, including sacks of Hour, ditches of bacon, and boxes of eggs. In an interview the proprietor said he estimated that £l5O worth of provisions had been taken. On the same night an exasperated crowd raided the premises of a wholesale grocer and provision merchant in Omni lane, Walsall—one of the poorer quarters of the town—smashed the shop windows, and took away a quantity of spirits and provisions. The shops of two flour dealers at Penwell, Xewcastie-on-Tyne, were also wrecked on Saturday night by a mob numbering several thousand, the allegation being that the dealers were charging excessive prices for flour.

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EXTORTIONATE TRADERS, Evening Star, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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EXTORTIONATE TRADERS Evening Star, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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