Science: No Shrink, No Shine, No Runs

Monsanto Chemical Co. last week turned up with some new chemical processes which produce: ¶ Silk and nylon stockings that do not run.

¶ Wool that does not shrink.

¶ Blue serge suits that do not get shiny.

¶ Wool pants that keep a sharp crease, even in the rain.

Monsanto Chemical Co.'s Donald Howard Powers, the 43-year-old Princeton graduate who achieved these homely miracles, shrugged them off as only a beginning. He has already developed other chemicals which double the wear of wool and cotton, make textiles mildew-proof.

He is also working on a method of water proofing and flame-proofing circus...

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