18 FEBRUARY 1905, Page 13

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Mr. Lough tells us

in the February number of the Contemporary Review that since the Treaty for the Sugar Convention was signed in March, 1902, the retail price of sugar has advanced from lid. to 20. or 3d. per pound. He also states that each increase of id. per pound means an extra cost to the nation of 215,000,000 a year. Householders should pause to consider what these figures mean when applied to themselves and their families. Assuming the population of the United Kingdom to be forty millions, and the increase in the price of sugar in the past three years to be only id., it will be found that the average extra cost is as under:-

2 s. d.

For each person ... 7 6 per annum.

For each household of 5 persons

1 17 6


For each village of 1,000 persona 376 0 0


For each town of 10,000 persons 3,760 0 0

How many working men are aware that they are paying nearly 22 a year for this experiment in Protection P—I am, Sir, &c., W. J. H.