WSJ 11 March 1916

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WSJ 11 March 1916 - NEW PUBLICATION How sweet the world wants to be...
NEW PUBLICATION How sweet the world wants to be is illustrated in the fact that the annual consumption of sugar is valued at three times the production of gold, four times the value of coffee, three times the value of tobacco, four times the value of petroleum and six times the value of rubber. In the introductory introductory chapter of his booklet "Cuban Cane Sugar," Robert Wiles presents the foregoing interesting comparisons, comparisons, and shows how prosperity, the high cost of living, and even the prohibition movement have been factors in raising the production of sugar from 2,760.000 tons in 1870 to more than 18,500,000 tons annually at the present time. It is interesting to note that in most cases those nations nations which have the greatest wealth likewise show the largest consumption of sugar, and also that in the case of the United States the consumption of sugar has been In proportion to the increased wealth of the nation. The candy-making candy-making candy-making industry, which is closely identified with the manufacture of sugar presents the people of the United States an annual bill of more then $500,000,000, which exceeds exceeds the amount subscribed to the recent Anglo-French Anglo-French Anglo-French loan. Napoleon was the founder of the beet sugar industry, as it was through his efforts to overcome a threatened shortage in the sugar supply of Europe that the best minds of the Continent devoted their energies to the perfection perfection of processes for the extraction of sugar from the beet root While European scientists were forcing the beet sugar industry ahead, ths cane sugar industry was practically practically stagnant Crude methods were employed in the manufacture of cane sugar until recent years when more modern methods were introduced. No struggle for supremacy is more Interesting than that which took place between the cane and beet sugar industries. industries. In 1870 the production of beet sugar was less than half that of cane sugar, but in the decade 1870-1880 1870-1880 1870-1880 the production of both sugars was about the same. For the twenty-six twenty-six twenty-six years following, the beet sugar industry forged far ahead of cane sugar in production, which was due to the activity of European scientists aa explained above. In 1907 cane sugar gained the ascendency in production production but lost it again in 1908. Since that time, the production of cane sugar has been ar ahead of beet sugar and in 1914 there was a difference of about 1,000,000 tone. With the beet sugar industry of Europe paralysed at the present time, the world must look to cane for its supplies, and the production of cane sugar for 1915-16 1915-16 1915-16 promises to be one and a half time that of beet sugar. "After fourteen centuries of experiment with cane," Kays the author, "two spots have established themselves as pre-eminently pre-eminently pre-eminently suited to Its culture. These spots are Cuba and Java. The secret of Cuba's superiority lies in both the quantity and quality of her soil." In Cuba there are many cases where fields are yielding yielding cane from one planting made over 30 years ago, whereas whereas in other sugar-producing sugar-producing sugar-producing areas, annual plantings are necessary. Cuba produces by far more cane sugar than any other country in the world and the resources of Cuba in this direction have only begun to be exploited. To use the author's words regarding the future of the industry: "Cuba sugar can be as big as Mind and Capital can make it and therein lies America's opportunity." There is much that American M fed and Capital can do in the way of improving agricultural and manufacturing methods in the production of sugar. In addition tha industry industry must be centralized, markets must be opened, and up-to-date up-to-date up-to-date up-to-date up-to-date methods of merchandizing muRt take the place of antiquated and out-of-date out-of-date out-of-date out-of-date out-of-date practices. Large producers can experiment to determine the relative merits of the various grades of cane and with the introduction of modern machinery machinery there will be less waste and a larger precentage of sugar will be extracted from a given quantity of cane. Some work has been done along these lines, but the Cuban cane industry offers a large field for further advancement. ' In connection with a description of the process of the manufacture of sugar, several views of the interior of factories and the conditions surrounding the manufacture of the product are given. Statistics are given showing the comparative consumption of sugar and wealth per capita of the principal countries of the globe. Another table gives the production of the principal cane-producing cane-producing cane-producing areas of the world. I ! Cuban Can Suaar. A sketch of the lnduetry. from oil to sack, together with a jurvey of the Wrcumtiince which eomblne to make mim th lumr bowl of the world. Hy Robert Wllra. Illutrat) by six photographs. SS duki-i duki-i duki-i Bobba-Merrill Bobba-Merrill Bobba-Merrill Co.. Jndlanapolla, jmbll.Uer.. a 0

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  1. The Wall Street Journal,
  2. 11 Mar 1916, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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