THE WEATHER: Humiture Wave

When Messrs. Dun & Bradstreet reported last week that U. S. retail sales for July were 16% below 1937, they added an explanation: "excessive heat replacing heavy rainfall as a deterrent to shoppers." Ice cream consumption in seven days was 500,000 gal. above normal. No adequate figures were available on the consumption of gasoline, soft drinks, railroad tickets and many another commodity, but it was evident that extraordinary weather had made substantial losses and profits for businessmen. And last week for the second in succession, most of the U. S. east...

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