RAW MATERIALS: Going, Going . . .

Honest Harold Ickes' Department of the Interior has long fretted over the war's extravagant use of U.S. minerals. After a careful survey, his department geologists solemnly warned the U.S. that: "We are far from being a 'have not' nation . . . but the time has come to realize that we cannot keep up the present pace indefinitely."

Some not too distant shortages:

¶ In the rich Lake Superior region, the steam shovels are biting close to the bottom of the vast open-pit iron ore mines, including those in the famed Mesabi Range. Within 17 years the steel industry will have...

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