Business: Montana Miracle

For the first time ever, the U.S. is well on the road towards self-sufficiency in chrome—the precious, tough, heat-resistant alloying metal which plates automobile gingerbread in peacetime but in wartime is needed for armor plate, high-speed machine tools and the long-lasting linings of steel furnaces.

Such was the sum & substance of the news around Jesse Jones's Metals Reserve Co. last week. It was lighted up by an Aladdin's lamp story:

The new chrome will be mined from a deep, winding, 28-mile vein tucked under wild & woolly Hell Roaring Mountain in southern Montana, where Blackfeet Indians once scalped roving Cheyennes and pioneer...

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