First Blow

Gasoline was now rationed in the 17 eastern States. The blow came with a flat, crunching impact that smashed the breath out of 8,500,000 people to whom the automobile had been the most luxurious of all necessities. Uneasily they had seen the blow coming. Now, when it came, some U.S. citizens took it badly. Many others, who would feel the pinch worse, took it in patriotic silence.

No Traffic. This week an observer in heaven would have seen in one spreading glance at the Eastern Seaboard that the greatest of all wartime changes...

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