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THE GOLDEN SOVEREIGN

STILL SHRINKING. SOUK COMPARISON"?. How rim eh less is the housewife gjoitii._r for lier sovereign, to-day than she did 12 or even 6 months ago? A good dea.l ]»•.-.= , she will say, after going through, tho list, and yet- when oik 1 comes 10 think of the upheaval v.-JuVh ha.- la-ken place and is taking place in the Old World one should perhaps )■■<•. thankful that food and clothing have hr-rn. comparatively speaking, so little affected up ;o the. present. This aspect of ihe <ase may not appeal very stronglv to the- wife, arid mother, whose .sovereign ha-? to do so much, whosa thoughts are taken up with the problem, of feeding several little mouths and clothing several little bodies, and providing something nice for "his"* tea. Ncverthe* less, to those who have time for thinking ahead, it is obvious that the purchasing power <u" the golden .sovereign—or. mora correctly speaking, the pound note, fot gold is rarely scm nowadays —will becomd even less as time cor? on and the \va( lasts. For the. ivar would appear to b« the main cause, of the rise, in prices, though there arc a few lines- -kerosene, clothes-pep-, biushware. etc.- -which hav<! been arTe.rtrd in other ways, the rise having taken place in miiiid cases before "ivsr risks" had begun to be added to invoice* from abroad.

The following prices have been supplied to us by one ot the oldest and best-known grocers and provision merchants in Dmtodin. and may be taken a.s the averaga "over the counter" late at the. dates] specified :

Thorp are many lines yet- unaffected - lines that are lavgelv used—.*uch as tea-, coffee, tinned fruits, baron, treacle, golde syrup, starch and blue, tobacco, and >- nn. Tlie wholesale price of te.;<, lias increased considerably. hi»t- the packera: maintain the usual standard retail price.-.. '.l'hat them. must, go up or the. quality he reduced is inevitable. Then baron. The price nf ford is likfdy to affo-r't this sooc.-r or late). It will also he found that tha winter price nf eggs will he. very huih. .Smokers will notic that while then l is no diifereuee in their tobacco hill. they have, to pay more for matches. It, will ixi consolijig to t lie idling members of tho community who believe in self.treatment to know 'that the price, of their favorite patent medicine remains unaltered. We deait with the prices of hoots a {*■■•? days ago. Those must increase. Clothing, and gene-Kiiiy drapery, has shown a small advance, equal to about, the percentage, of increased freight and charges. Certain lines will no doubt go higher still, as the dctnand is affected by tho German and Au.-lrian manufacturers.

In regaid to meat, there are several causes whii hj contribute to the. big ns.i that has been expei ienced, tho principal one being the- heavy demand for exportAs this demand increases so will prices go up. Then- will tie keen competition bv export'-is. and their limits are ajwav.-t aide to top the butchers'. The following tablo shows the difference in prices ruling at- the dates ire-nt ioned :

.Ian,. .lime. Jan. „ ' 1911. J9J4. 1915, .-. «!. s. d. *. <1. Bread. 411, 0 6J 0 6J, 0 9 Flour. 25Ih ... 7: 0 7> 5 4 ft Oatmeal. 251b ... o 6 5 6 4 5 Sugar. 561b ... 9 0 9 b 12 0 Cheese, p<T Ih ... 0 8 0 9 0 9 Kerosene < H 4 0 4 6 .Raisins 0 5 0 5 '.! t> Cuira.ni.s 0 1 0 4j 0 5 Jam (first grade) 0 7 0 7 0 Bismitf— Wines 0 4 0 4 0 5 Witter 0 4 0 4 0 ."> Lumli 0 .j 0 5 0 4 llice, Sa«o, Taniova. 0 2 0 2 0 2 J Tinned salmon ... 1 0 1 0 1 2

J.in.. .Jan., 1900. 1914. 3 91 -S. .<.. ■]. p. .i. s. a. P. oof... Sirloin 0 r-i 0 n 0 7 Prime riii-. ... o 4; 0 .5 0 t> (>>,-, lf .<S u d... 0 5 0 h 0 7 Oimr-cl vol] ... 0 4 0 7 0 0 P.mnn .stcr.k ... 0 6 0 .i 0 ° Perf' ftni; ... 0 ;") 0 7 7d'.o8.i JloiH/U ;.■,'•.•)' ... it .? 0 4 0 4i Cnnu-U m-rf ... 0 2 0 4 f. 4J Shins '.-a<h ... 1 m 1 (, 2 0 n.'ci siK-t ... r * ■: ') ■■'■- o .s Cvnvy her-; ..0 4 0 ,i 0 o l',j-.i".'i! 7 .. 0 6 n f; Pl.-sw! ... !'' :'. i'l 7 Go .MllflO!, •■ !..v-- o '; G .7 0 6 L'.;n* 0 4 0 0 71 p. „-,-,, >;.>.. 7..0. :.■ 7 o7'o •■:' ( "ii.ip.- ■' 4 O.i 06 ('iitif't.-- 7 0 7 0 o \<- k in:v;!f !( ... •; :.; o 0 4J >'!";!iH< r 0 ".-, 0 4j 0 5' j/nui: -■ I..„-s 2 6 .7 0 3 9 Chun- ... 0 „ 0 7 0 10 i-7,iwjii:i.-tor ... .7 !; '. 0 4 9 Jini<l'jiinr-fr ... 4 0 5 0 6 0 }>:'l- : ';;. t_ '7, o dl J'.-rk rh'.p* '/ ■ 0 a (.Uli'/i- inn-. . . •■■ ■- 0 8

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THE GOLDEN SOVEREIGN, Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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THE GOLDEN SOVEREIGN Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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