Plea over rising price of food

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Vicar of Bourne the Rev H Cotton Smith spoke in the Bourne market place upon the important problem of the food question and the rise in price.

Despite the coldness of the night, there was a good audience.

The vicar remarked at the onset that it was not his desire to cause any offence to anyone, but the price of food was now an absorbing topic, especially amongst the working classes.

Ministers of the Gospel, said he, generally knew more about the working man’s home than any other section of the community.

To realise how the price of food affected the working man they ought to visit the homes, as he has done.

A halfpenny on this and a penny on that was making many a poor household look round the corners.

He wanted to appeal that night to tradesmen, farmers and agriculturists, not in Bourne only, but generally, to keep down prices as much as possible, for it was pitiful to know that hundreds of people were struggling to make ends meet in the rich country of England,

He instanced the case of a widow who he personally knew who received the old age pension and who, after paying for their rent, fuel etc had only twopence per day to live on.

Of course, some neighbours were kind to her, but what did the rise in price of food mean to that woman, and there were, no doubt, others like her, and what did it mean to a working man with a wife and large family?

The first ever patriotic duty, went on the vicar, was to enlist, if possible, and the second was to keep down the prices of articles of consumption, so as to carry the country through this great struggle.