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The U.S. smoker, taking any kind of cigaret he could get last week, found himself also short of matches. The free match book that once went with every pack of cigarets had gone, and the smoker was hard put to it to buy matches of any kind.

He might find what comfort he could in the news that, statistically, there is no acute match shortage. This year the U.S. will produce 460 billion matches (475 billion in 1944), using its own chlorate of potash instead of importing it, as before the war. But, practically, there is a shortage. Reason: the...

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