Business & Finance: Fabbricotti Marble

Toward New York, last week, plowed the black Italian freighter Tagliamento, laden with a cargo of white Carrara marble. In the yards of C. D. Jackson Co., Manhattan stone importers, marblemen waited its arrival. For nine months, not a shipload of Carrara had left Italy. What was once the bread-and-butter of all marbles had become a U. S. rarity.

Marblemen explained: U. S. architects and builders, seeking magnificence, have turned from the useful, plebeian Carrara to the red Levanto, the green Tinos, to the monotones Botticina and Hauteville. Year by year, Carrara has...