Foreign News: Dutch Tomatoes

So many Britons are now keyed to the fiercest pitch of patriotism in defense of "All British Goods" that last week a wretched London vegetable woman, one Maud ("Maudie") Dallas, was actually hauled into court for displaying over a basket of Dutch tomatoes the sign:

"English Tomatoes, 5d a Ib."

Poor Maudie wept and cringed as she faced her stern accuser, one F. H. Fullom, who proclaimed himself "Secretary of the All British Glasshouse† Produce Association."

"I knew she wasn't selling real British tomatoes the minute I saw her price!" roared Secretary Fullom. "Real English tomatoes are in such demand that they mostly sell...

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