Backed by a powerful domestic sugar-growers' lobby, the Sugar Act of 1948 was quietly ushered through Congress; until the final stages, it hardly drew a fly. But last week, just a few days before the House-approved bill was sent to the Senate,* an angry buzz was heard. Cried the Wall Street Journal: "A legal monopoly [for which] the consumer is to pay." Charged the New York Times: "A cartel! Written by the sugar industry for the sugar industry."

This belated notice of the month-old bill (TIME, July 14) had no effect on what the bill's few congressional opponents called...

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