The next danger was from the people, who were infuriated by the dearth of corn.
Between 1831 and 1842 there were six seasons of dearth, approaching in some places to famine.
According to the words just quoted from the Apocalypse, there was to be a dearth of grain and a superfluity of wine; the price of the wheat was to be seven times the ordinary, according to Reinach's computation, and that of the barley four times.
Owing to the extension of railways, in the famines of 1898 and 1901 there was never any dearth of food in any famine-stricken tract; and the only difficulty was to find enough rolling-stock to cope with the demand.
Henry prudently waited until dearth of provisions forced the enemy to divide into two the bands.