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BEER OR PIGS. TEETOTAL FARMER SUMMONED FOR BREACH OF BARLEY ORDER. I A case which excited groat interest in Essex was heard at Halstead sessions when Alfred Blomfield, Orange Hall, Gosfield, was summoned for an alleged contravention of the Barley Restric- tion Order for using barley to feed pigs. The solicitor who prosecuted on be- half of the Ministry of Food said that Mr. Blomfeld, besides being a promi- nent farmer is a J.P. and a member of the Local Food Committee. But be- ling a. teetotaller he appeared to resent the fact that under one of the Orders that had been issued barley sold for making mult fetches a higher prices than if it is to be us<,d for flour. He had written a letter to Lord Rhondda complaining that the millers could not allw him more than 62s. 9d. per quarter for his barley, whereas malsters were quite willing to pay 68s., which he took to be its value on the market. "I have nearly 200 pigs that I wish to turn into ba-oon, and so pro- vide human food," he wrote. "I can buy no feed for tliem so cheap as this barley at 68s. per quarter. I am, there- fore, grinding this barley and giving th? meAl to the pies. 1 fear I may be liable to prosecution, but I ^ou^ rather suffer the penalty than be obliged to sell this barley to the brewer." T Evidence was given by Mr. W, T. Bates Miller, who is acting as an ex- pert for the Food Controller. He sajd that 100 quarters of this barley would make sufficient lfour to keep a hun- dred people 'for a. year and the offal could have fed a large number of pigs. Mr Blomfiield. who conducted his defence himself, argued that he was not liable under the order because lie was turning the pigig into bacon, and ho contended he was th*s manufactur- ing human food. Certtin technical points were also raised for the defence and the Bench decided to adjourn the for a fortnight.

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