Punch,  57 (1869), 187.

Business of the Board of Trade





Measurement, Commerce, Charlatanry, Adulteration, Railways, Accidents, Crime, Politics, Government

    Begins by warning small 'chandlers and grocers' that the President of the Board of Trade, John Bright, 'hates the scales that are untrue' but delights in 'Just weights', and has the power to 'check' their 'knavish deeds' with a 'stringent Bill'. Emphasises that this act will prosecute those 'Who sell by measures fraudulent, / Or falsify your tea', and especially ' Railway folk' for conducting 'incomplete inquests' into railway accidents and allowing trains to collide. Warns that 'The great no less than small' will suffer from this and that 'neglect however gross' will be dragged 'into day'.

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