Sugar and the Tariff

Archive Report

Sugar Duties as a Political Issue

A situation which, may make sugar duties an important subject of discussion in the presidential campaign has been created by the filing of the United States Tariff Commission's report on its sugar investigation—recommending reductions in duties—with the President, immediately following charges by Senator LaFollette that sugar interests have attempted to “intimidate and otherwise obstruct” the commission in its inquiry, and the announcement that John W. Davis regards the tariff and “honesty in government” as the principal issues before the voters.

The majority report of the Tariff Commission, signed by Commissioners William S. Culbertson, David J. Lewis and Edward P. Costigan, is emphatic in its assertion that the sugar duties in the Fordney McCumber tariff act are too high. It recommends ...

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