U. P. Snowplow

Big Bill Jeffers tackled the chaotic Rubber Scandal this week in the hellbent, direct-action way he has run the Union Pacific Railroad.

Damn it, men, things are in a hell of a fix and a tough job's got to be done, he said in substance after Franklin Roosevelt and Donald Nelson named him tsar to produce and conserve rubber. The actual words are the ones the hardboiled, red-faced, Irish Bill Jeffers spoke one day in January 1922 to trainmen clustered around a red-hot, pot-bellied stove in the Hanna, Wyo. depot.

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