National Affairs: Cutters Cut

From the depths of Central Europe used to come in olden days young, men who, landing in the U. S., went directly to tailor shops and with great shears learned the artful intricacies of cutting out men's fashionable suits. Now, under the quota law, they come no more—or at least not in sufficient numbers to meet the demands of the purveyors of fine suitings. Young Americans cannot or will not serve as apprentice cutters. The ranks of experts grow thin. Wage demands go up. Hence the high cost of fashion.

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