Business: The Most Despicable . . .

One stormy night in Cleveland last winter a motorist picked up a stranger, was amazed to hear the rider babble of mysterious doings in the war plant where he worked. The motorist told the FBI, which quietly began investigating one of the country's biggest makers of aluminum castings for war planes, tanks and ships—the National Bronze and Aluminum Foundry Co. The FBI's findings caused a grand jury to issue the first indictments against U.S. businessmen tinder the World War I Sabotage Act.

Indicted: National Bronze's bespectacled mustached President John L. Schmel-ler; his brother Frank, general manager-another brother, Edward, chief metallurgist; four other...

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