Transport: Saturnalia

Unlike Britain, France, Italy, Germany and many another foreign nation, the U. S. has no direct merchant marine subsidy, aids its shipping men instead with mail contracts and construction loans. Last week, hot on the heels of charges of graft and corruption in the Commerce Department (see p. 9), the Senate committee investigating ocean mail contracts shocked Washington with sizzling charges that U. S. shipping men have fattened fabulously on the public purse.

Coming out vigorously for Government ownership, the committee, headed by Alabama's Hugo La Fayette Black, declared that private operation with Federal...

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