Business & Finance: Charm and Reconversion

President Roosevelt gave one of the toughest of all Washington jobs to a Utahan last week. Pink-cheeked, balding, urbane Robert Henry Hinckley, 53, a onetime Mormon missionary and small-town schoolteacher, was appointed Director of Contract Settlement.

Hinckley, a favorite of Harry Hopkins, will be the man who says how, when and in what order the great mass of war contracts will be settled, as the war ends.

Contract settlement will be one long cat-&-dog fight, and Bob Hinckley knows it. To avoid trouble, he will aim for speed, fairness and uniformity. Soothing irate...

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