Business: Neutrality

¶To preserve peace, Manhattan's swank Waldorf-Astoria Hotel forbade war talk among its employes, who are chiefly French (in the kitchen), Italian (mixed with French in the dining room), German (in room service).

¶Scranton, Pa.'s South Side Bank & Trust Co. ordered tellers not to discuss war with its depositors (largely Germans and Poles).

¶Spring-Air Co. (mattresses) of Holland, Mich, informed its employes: "The name 'Spring-Air' . . . stands for buoyancy, for joyousness, for health and boundless, wholesome growth and happiness. Our products express these thoughts. For our own good, our words and thoughts should do so, too. Let's plan on Peace, think...

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