Hearings Held Before the Special Committee on the Investigation of the American Sugar Refining Co; And Others on June 12 [-August 11] 1911 Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 Excerpt: ...way they talked, and quit it. The Chairman. What was the trouble? Mr. Riley. They wanted to run up the price on everybody, laborers and factories, and everybody else, and I felt it was unfair, and I did not want to belong to it. The Chairman. And your proposition is that the beet-sugar factories are giving you as much as they can afford to give for the beets, in your judgment? Mr. Riley. If I thought they were making more money, I would probably want more for the beets, but I believe this price is fair, and when I say I believe it, everybody who is raising beets seems to be satisfied with the present prices. The Chairman. Everybody you know of; that would be a better way of stating it, -would it not? Sir. Riley. I didn't say that? I meant that. The Chairman. Of course jou meant that. You could not mean those you do not know of?. Mr. Riley. No, sir. The Chairman. We have some evidence of people who are not satisfied. Is there plenty of competition among the beet-sugar factories in your part of the country; that is, can you sell to more than one company? Mr. Riley. 1 never tried. The Chairman. You have more than one customer for your beets? Mr. Riley. Naturally there is a tariff there; that is, the railroad. The Chairman. The railroad rate is the tariff? Mr. Riley. I suppose that is it; 1 don't know that to be so. I sell mine to a factory 16 miles away. The Chairman. How close is the nearest other factory? Mr. Riley. About 24 miles, just on a line right along. The Chairman. How far away is the next factory? Mr. Riley. The next one is, 1 guess, 65 miles away. The Chairman. So really you only have two factories that you can very well sell to? Mr. Riley. Oh, yes; I have a factory about 12 miles away, on the other side of the river. The Chairman. You do not patron..