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CORRESPONDENCE. r CORRESPONDENCE. r To the Editor of the" AberystfJJÍth Observer. SALE OF BREAD. SIR,-Permit me, through the medium of the OBSERVER, to draw the attention of the authorities of the town of Aberystwith to an Act of Parliament regulating the sale of bread. It is a remarkable fact that at Aberystwith, a town of such importance, the staff of life should be allowed to be sold under such a system as it is. The visitors complain loudly of the manner which the bakers have adop- ted to sell their bread. There is no method, ac- cording to the present system, to ascertain whether the loaf that you buy of your baker, is of the same size as the one your neighbour gets from his baker. It depends entirely upon the conscience of the baker what size the loaf is to be; consequently there is a great variety of sizes, while the price is the same. And it has also been remarked that the loafis the same size, when the price of wheat is 10s., as when it is sold at 8s. In travelling through a large town in England, where the population is over 200,000, my attention was drawn to a large bill stuck on the walls, warn- I ing bakers of the consequence, should they sell their t bread otherwise than by weight. Being aware of the custom of the bakers at Aberystwith, I went to the printer's for one of the bills above referred to, which is as follows :— NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That by the wii ? u 'u? yyunam iflt? *cwiTOj cap. 37, it ts enacied (sec. 4) that all Bread (except French or Fancy Bread or Rolls) shall be sold by Weight; and any Person who fshall Sell, or cause to be Sold, Bread IN ANY OTHER MANNER THAN BY WEIGHT, is made liable to a penalty of 40s. It is also in and by the said Act provided, that all Bread sold (except as aforesaid) shall be weighed IN THE PRESENCE OF THE PURCHASER, and that any Person selling from any Cart or other Carriage, shall constantly carry in such Cart or Car- riage a correct Beam and Scales, with proper Weights; and also that any Seller of Bread who shall at any time be so unprovided with such Beam and Scales and proper Weights, OR WHO SHALL REFUSE SO TO WEIGH ANY BREAD PUR- CHASED OF HIM, shall be liable to a penalty ofjEo. Aberystwith being a Watering-place of such re- pute, and having no railway communication, it be- hoves, the inhabitants to do all in their power to at- tract visitors; and, when they are there, to induce them to make a long stay. It is the opinion of many Y, people that, if the bread were sold in that town as it is in English towns, it would undoubtedly be one means of inducing visitors to prolong their visit at such a delightful place. Should any of the bakers, Mr. Editor, see this ar- ticle in your valuable paper, I presume it would be unnecessary for the authorities to interfere in order to put a stop to such an irregular system,—as pro- bably the pains and penalties under the Bread Act" would be a sufficient inducement thereto. But if they will not, it will then be desirable that some of the inhabitants should bestir themselves, espe- cially the proprietors of Lodging-houses. These remarks are more lengthy than were at first intended; but I trust Mr. Editor, the impor- tance of the subject will be an ample apology for taking up so much of your valuable space. I am, Sir, j Yours very respectfully, CENINEN.



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