PRICES OF COMMODITIES.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir.—Thoro has been a lot of discussion hi the Press about wheat and flour, the prices charged by the farmer and other holders of wheat, also prices charged by the miller for' flour. But there are others who handle the flour after it leaves the mill and before it reaches the home of the people. The doings of some of these people (storekeepers, _ etc.) deniand as strict an inquiry as in the case of the farmers ana millers, and the position should certainly be seriously dealt with without loss of time by the Food Commission. Thousands of our householders are holding more flour at the present time than ever they did in their life before. They have the means to buy, and so they store for themselves, irrespective of the needs of their poorer brothers. There are thousands of homes of these poorer people, including old age pensioners, that are luciv to be able"to purchase anything up to Blb of flour at a time. Now, what are these persons paying for the flour used in their homes to lessen the baker's bill? For 81b of flour they arc being charged, in many case 3, la Bd, whieh conies to something like £23 6s 8d per ton, cash down. At tho present rate quoted for flour these traders must be pocketing something like 60 per cent.
profit, *nd from th« very poorest of the people. Why growl at the farmer and the miller, and allow these others to charge what they like? It in high time tome agitation was raised upon this matter, and a general inquiry held in regard to all commodities that have been raised in price by the retailers. —I am, etc., PiiOBB. December 18.
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PRICES OF COMMODITIES., Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
PRICES OF COMMODITIES. Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
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