Sunday, September 26, 2010

24Feb1873, The Horrible Price of Coal

LONDON, S. Mathias, Monday, 1873.
—I went with Mazy to represent Aggy at a Poplar tea-party : very successful. The poor women talked of the horrible price of coal, which, owing to strikes in Wales and other labour hitches, has gone up to 40s. and even 50s. a ton. The poor people buy a ¼ of hundredweight. A sack costs 3s. and only lasts, for two fires, 10 days.

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