Tobacco for Prisoners – October 1915

All the people one speaks to are very cheerful about the Budget… I met a man friend coming out of a tobacconist’s with a small tin box in his hand. “That is the only tobacconist in the town who has not raised his prices on old stock,” he explained, “and I am buying another ounce to keep my pipe alight a few weeks. I daresay I shall smoke less.” I hastily excused myself. “Not raised his prices?” Then I’d better buy a little for the prisoners,” and I stepped into the shop for my half-pound of black twist, part of which I carried later to the packer of our boxes for the prisoners of war in Germany. “When we have to pay 5d an ounce for twist,” I said to her, “we can’t afford to send much at a time. But I got that for 3 1/2d. “Well!” was the swift reply, “you’d better lay in a stock for yourself at 3 1/2d.” And now I am wondering — supposing I do fall in with the suggestion of “laying in a stock” — what I am to keep it in?

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