--A marked difference in the price of articles of ‘"prime necessity"’ exists in various localities of the South
; for instance, the ‘"staff of life,"’ which is selling in Mobile
at $40 per barrel, while in Richmond
it commands for the very best quality, $27, and in Winchester
it only brings from $8 to $12 per barrel.
Wheat at no time since the war commenced has cold here for more than $4.00 per bushel, but in Alabama
it ranges from $4 to $5, and in King
and Queen county, in this State, it is sailing for one dollar per bushel!
, and Staunton
, butter is selling (for fresh) at 50 cents per pound, while in Richmond
markets it is retailing at $1.50 per pound.--The commodity of coffee, strange to say, is now selling here at while in Mobile
, where it ought to sell at lower rates, it commands $8 a pound readily at public auction.
In the articles enumerated, the rates and fluctuations are due in a great measure, if not altogether, to the adequate transportation facilities.