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SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT BRYNAMHAN.

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FOOD COSTS MORE. I

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FOOD COSTS MORE. I STARTLING INCREASE IN FIFTEEN I YEARS An interesting leaflet, showing a comparison of prices of general gro- ceries during the last fifteen years, has been issued by the Co-operative Whole- sale Society Limited. An average weekly family grocery order has been taken to include: lib. bacon, 21b. butter, ilb. cheese, 121b. flour, ilb. lard, lib. meal, 41b. sugar, and lb. tea. These provisions, according to the figures, could be bought in 1898 for 5s. 3.85d. By 1906 the cost had risen to 5s. 7.28d., in 1908 to 5s. 10.21d. The top price of 6s. 2.28d. was reached in 1912, and last year there was a slight fall to 68. 0.45d. The increased cost, therefore, for 1913 over 1898 was 13.47 per cent., and the decreased cost for 1913 on 1912 was 2.46 per cent. Wholesale prices of general groceries given for relative comparison from 1898 to 1913 are as follows:— Goods. 1898. 1908. 1913, Per lb. Per lb. Per lb d. d. d. Bacon And hams 4.96 6.15 8.21 Batter 11.35 13.08 13.51 Cheese 5.24. 6.68 7.05 Flour 1.39 1.29 1.22 Lard 3.24 499 6.13 Meal. 1.23 1.33 1.36 Sugar 1.49 1.86 1.69 Tea 16.17 15.65 IS-77 The price of coal shows a large m- crease for the fifteen years. In 1898 a ton of average house coal at pit-mouth prices could be purchased for 9s. 11-21d., but the price rose rapidly, until, in K)13, 15s. 9d. was asked for the same class of coal, the increased cost for 1913 over 1898 being 58.16 per cent. —————— J