Science: Silver at Work

Fight thou with shafts of silver, and o'ercome When no force else can get the masterdom.

— Robert Herrick

Many a war has been fought for silver, but World War II is the first in which silver has been used as a major weapon. Silver technology, long retarded by political price-boosting, has leaped ahead under wartime pressures.

Because of the great industrial demand, Congress three months ago authorized the Treasury to sell or lend war industry part of its silver hoard not needed for currency backing — under WPB restrictions. The Treasury...

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