Our lives are very much wrapped up in weights and measures, and the one thing we like to know is that they are reasonably accurate.
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Background: Our lives are very much wrapped up in weights and measures, and the one thing we like to know is that they are reasonably accurate. Exact accuracy however is a state of perfection difficult to reach and well nigh impossible to maintain. Last year 1300 Nyasaland traders submitted 17 thousand pieces of equipment to the Department of Assizes for checking.
Here Mr. Penn checks the samples against the Assixes department's own weights - known as Standards. Where tiny discrepancies exist the customer should get the benefit. But even the standards themselves have to be checked periodically and when necessary they are sent all the way to England for further checking.
The standards in daily use range from 500 ounces to 1 thousandth of a gram - which is 1 seven hundred, thousandth of a pound.
Liquid measures are also checked against Standards. So as a member of the buying public, it is a comforting thought that you can be confident you are getting full measure, or full weight and perhaps just a tiny shade more, after Mr. Penn slams on the Assizes Department stamp.