Price fixing or not?

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th February 1914


A serious affray occurred in Hitchin Market on Tuesday evening, as a result of which a Jew named Solomon Lines, of St Albans, is, at present, an inmate of the Hitchin Hospital.

It appears that a number of Jewish fowl dealers attended the market and deputed Lines to purchase a quantity of fowls so that the price would not be run up.  In the evening, however, a dispute arose as to the prices involved, and Lines was subsequently attacked, with whips and sticks being used in the melee.

The police were quickly on the scene and one man was swiftly taken to the police station but, after a short detention, was allowed to go.

Lines was removed to the hospital, bleeding freely from wounds about the face and head.

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