The Score

The Department of Agriculture last week announced that chances of a sugar shortage this year are "remote." To the conditioned reflexes of the average citizen, that was enough to make the sugar scare scarier. Plenty of housewives had found the corner grocery store limiting their purchases to 2-5 lb. or less; Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Hershey Chocolate and other big sugar users were rationing customers to their 1940 consumption; there were whispers that the Government was printing sugar ration cards. What was the sugar score?

The score is that 1942 sugar supplies may well be the highest ever, but that widespread...

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