Getting the troops out of the trenches was statesmanship's task in the last decade. Getting the U. S. out of businesses into which the War forced it has been a task which President Coolidge has set himself. Congress changed the latter, last spring, to facilitate getting the U. S. out of the shipping business, and President Coolidge appointed new men to the Shipping Board—men not enamored of government operation. Since these changes, the Shipping Board has met to consider its duty. Last week it voted to sell the three large merchant fleets remaining under U. S. ownership:

1) The United...

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