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From: John (HI) (
Subject:         William Penn
Date: June 3, 2016 at 4:26 pm PST

The founder and mayor of Philadelphia had two aunts who were skilled in the baking arts. One day, the mayor was petitioned by the citizens, because the three bakeries in the town had, during the Revolution, raised the price of pies to the extent that only the rich could afford them. Not wanting to challenge the bakeries directly, he sought advice from his aunts. The two ladies were so incensed over the price gouging that they offered to bake 100 pies and sell them for two cents less than what the bakeries were charging. It was a roaring success. Their pies sold out quickly; very soon they managed to bring down the price of all kinds of pastry in Philadelphia.

That's how Gilbert and Sullivan were inspired to write: The Pie Rates of Penn's Aunts.

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