Scarcity of flour.
--An Intelligent merchant of this city, who has heretofore been a large flour dealer, assures us that he has made strenuous efforts, for several days past, to purchase a lot of flour for the accommodation of his customers, but has failed to find any, even at the mills, and gives it as his opinion that there is no new flour in the market, and but little of the old crop.
He thinks that farmers are prevented from sending in their wheat because they are required to sell it at $5 per bushel, and contends that the removal of all restricts on trade would cause grain to flow into market and prices to come down.
To ascertain clearly what is the real condition of the provision market of Richmond
, and upon what our people are to subsist this winter, our merchant friend suggests that the Legislature or the City Council appoint a committee of intelligent gentlemen whose duty it shall be to make a thorough examination of every house, and make a faithful report of all the flour, bacon, lard, sugar, coffee, tea, rice, butter, corn, and other necessaries of life on hand.
If such a committee were appointed, and the duties assigned them were faithfully performed, all efforts at extortion and forestalling would be brought to light, and the threatening cloud of complaint which now overhangs us would be speedily dispelled.
Let the great mass of the people see that they are not being exhorted upon by money-makers, and we shall hear no more grumbling, no more complaints.
That there is an abundance in the country and to spare, no one doubts; but should there be a temporary scarcity, let the people know it, and they have the patriotism to bear and suffer for their cause.