Business & Finance: Fable in Sugar

Last week a big ship (the Berengaria) entered a big port (New York) carrying a big man (6 ft. 6 in. and 240 Ib. avoirdupois). He was a man who a year ago established probably the most comprehensive cartel ever set up to rescue a world industry from destruction by overproduction. Now, almost a year later, the industry is beyond all question far worse off than before; from opposite sides of the globe rumble ominous rumors of the cartel's imminent dissolution. Last week the man—Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne—on the deck of the Berengaria announced:...

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