PRICE OF WHEAT AND BREAD.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir.----If is rather interesting to read that the .Massev Government are. importing wheat in fairly largo quantities when Mr 11. G. Eli. M.P., and others have advised him th.it there is considerable wheat being wrongfully held in. the Dominion, But Mr Mas'cy cannot be. expected to believe such a. straightforward man as Mr Ell, one of the Christchuroh Radicals. Further, wn have Mr Massey's assurance that the price of bread will be kept down, and likewise. I presume, the heavy taxation that is put or, the working classes, because, he say;, the wheat will be sold at 5s Sd per bushel, or at n loss of 3d to 6d per bushel on the lauded cost. It. wonld be intere:ting to know the name of the, middlemen, especially if they are politician'-, who are signing in the profits, either directly or indirectly, whether the wheat is he'd locally or being imported. Surely we are entitled to know something! Ami surely the member- of the Massev party do not want, us to believe the workers are really benefiting by the Government reducing (he price to the millers. But who are the Government? Are they not the people, or' should they not be? Do the Massev party want the workers to believe that they will not have, to pay more indirect taxation through the, Cii'-toms Tariff to make up tor the loss on the landed cost of the wheat? Perhaps Mr Stat ham. after being a sain defeated by the Serial Dernoerat. Mr Munro. for Diiiiedin Central, v ill explain why it. is necr=. -ary for the party to which he belongs giving every opporiunit v to the monopolistic " rings " in Xc.c Zealand to put up the prices ! Or perhaps von will tell uwheflier you think " soup kitchens " would again be a good thing! On the olher hand, Mr Munro. one of Dimedin's hardest-worked bakers of bread, will probably have srreaf. pleasure in oiiee more enlightening the electors from the workers' standpoint more particularly as to the real reason why bread is .-.fill going no in nricc. In Tiniarn 1 see. it is 5d per 21b loaf and oi,<! per .11b Kit"—l am. etc., Gko/igi; S. Thomson*. Jannnry 11
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PRICE OF WHEAT AND BREAD., Evening Star, Issue 15698, 12 January 1915