The Bitter End

From OPAdministrator Chester Bowles came bad news last week that soured every U.S. housewife. The news: the sugar supply, tighter now than at any time during the war, would be the last commodity freed from rationing—some time next spring, at the earliest. Even worse, the civilian allotment of sugar for the fourth quarter of this year would have to be cut 28%. Why? screamed the housewives.

There was no shortage of reasons. The most obvious was that the war had cut production. The loss of the Philippines had cut out 900,000 tons a year. Cuba, trying to boost production, had...

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