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Local Officer's Promotion…

Local Victim of the Pirates.

To Save the Boroughs.


The Empty Teapot.I


The Empty Teapot. I SCARCITY OF TEA IN LLANELLY. I The scarcity of many articles of food was brought home to customers in Llan- elly this week. Tea, sugar, butter, mar- garine, bacon, and jam were most difficult to obtain. The trouble in regard to sugar is an old story. Supplies of margarine have been irregular for some time, so that it is fair- ly plentiful one week and is not to be had the next. But the want of tea is a new development. Hitherto tea has, on the whole, been easy to get. On Saturday it was not an uncommon experience for housewives in some parts of the town to have to visit shop after shop in search of tea, only to be told there was none to be had, and many who succeeded in getting but an ounce deemed themselves fortu- nate. Bacon was even more difficult to obtain. No bacon, whether of home, Colonial, or foreign production, was to be had on Saturday, cither at the big stores or in the smaller shops. Dealers every- where had the same story to tell in regard both to tea and bacon-that they could have disposed of four or six times the quantities which the wholesale houses sent them. The wholesale houses could not supply them with more because of tho lowness of the stocks. "We are doing our utmost to distribute fairly our limited supplies, but regret that these are totally inadequate to meet the demand," is an example of the warn- ing notices sent by provision wholesalers to shopkeepers. Another is, "We have only small supplies, which will be distri- buted as fairly as possible in execution of orders in hand." Some of these firms are refusing any orders from new customers until further notice. The empty teapot is a thing that has practically been unknown in this country within living memory, and happily it is believed that it will soon be in the way of being filled again. Fresh supplies of tea are expected shortly. But so excep- tional a domestic privation should tend to enforce more than ever the need for strict and immediate economy in food. Another lesson it drives home is the necessity of devising a more equal system of distri- bution. It was found on Thursday that some shops were better supplied than others, and, more frequently still, that one shop had less to sell than another in the same district. Besides that, it must be said, the week-end scarcity was to some extent due to people buying more provisions than they really wanted for the.r immediate requirements. A pound or two of tea was bought when a quarter would have been sufficient for the family needs. Several grocers were driven to adopting a form of compulsory rationing. They refused to sell in larger quantities than a quarter. Even so, customers who came late had to go without.

"Set a Fine Example."

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