Critical Point

A historic point in World War II arrived last week.

Early in World War I a period arrived when industry began to produce war goods—and the railroads to deliver it—faster than there were ships to take it away. At that point the railroads had to embargo further shipments to ports which were hopelessly congested with goods which there were not even enough warehouses to hold.

Last week, less than four months after the U.S. entered World War II, the railroads had again to embargo most export freight moving to seaboard. The congestion in the ports had reached a point where in...

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