Business & Finance: Rubber Woes

To the rubber growers of the Far East, May was to have been a pleasant month. After long negotiations, British and Dutch planters had agreed to tap no trees during the entire month (TIME, April 14). So well did they argue the thesis that this simple expedient would bolster the price of rubber throughout the world that native growers, notorious for their usual indifference to such schemes, joined in. But last week, in the middle of the tapping holiday, the planters received a shock. In London, rubber prices started a swift decline, broke...

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