Button Up Your Overcoat

From Solid Fuels Administrator Harold L. Ickes came a chilly prediction last week: unless the Army quickly releases some coal miners from the service, U.S. citizens will have the most uncomfortable winter of the war.

"I am not a prestidigitator," said Honest Harold, "and neither are any of the members of the Solid Fuels Administration staff. We have no magic wands and we cannot produce coal without coal miners. No one else can."

Then he gave the figures: in the present fuel year (which began last April 1) the manpower now in the mines can produce 575,000,000 tons of soft coal...

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