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LEDBURY POLICE. I

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ODDFELLOWS' PRESENTATION AT…

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ISTAIN ER'S "CRUCIFIXION."

LETTEBS TO THE EDITOR. I

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LETTEBS TO THE EDITOR. I I THE PRICE OF BREAD. I I To the Editor. Sir,-Allow me through your columns to call attention to the discrepancy between the price-of wheat and the price of bread. As near as I can find ou.t it takes six bushels of wheat to make a sack (five bash- elf) of flour. For the six bushels of wheat the farmer gets 24a. This has to pay the workmen, wheelwright, saddler, blacksmith, insurances of all kinds, the landlord, the pardon, land taxes of various kinds, repairs, etc., and the crop only comes once in twelve months, with attendant risk of weather. The sack of flour is selling at 26s, and when scientifically manipulated, I am told, makes 96 loaves of bread, which, at 6d per loaf, equals 48s. At this rate the baker is makiug, within 2s. or 3s, per sack. as much profit to make the flour into bread as the farmer is getting for the wheat which makes the sack of flour, and out of this he has to pay all the before-mentioned outgoings, and into the bargain the baker can turn his money over twel ve times in a year. I am amazed at the effrontery of a miller named Mr Watkins, of Hereford, having the cheek to stump about the county abusing the farmer for not paying better wages. All are agreed (farmers included) that better wages should be paid, but how is it to be done when, under our unfair system of p so-called Free Trade, these millers and bakers are getting the plunder at the expense of the farmer. Last year I noticed a firm of millers made over X140,000 profit, and a coal company over £ 300,000. Let me warn farm workmen that windbags like this Mr Watkins have some other object in view than the good of farmers or workmen. My opinion their object is this infernal political wire-pulling to bolster up a Government pledged to this unfair system of trading. There is only one remedy to obtain fair play for those on the land, that is by a com- bination of farm workmen, farmers and land- owners to form rural leagues, come to a decision as to what is a living price for wheat, hops, hay, etc., and a fair wage for the men. j, Having arrived at this, then say to the Government that we are going to have fair play in competition with all the races and cliques on earth. The Boers have taught us what a few countrymen can do. With- out going further, farmers and landowners supported by their workmen have only to combine and strike against the payment of their rates and taxes, when the Government would find they bad the biggest strike on hand they ever had. Let me earnestly suggest to farm workmen, farmers and landowners without further delay joining bands for their common weal. VERITAS. Ledbury, April 7th, 1914

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