SILVER: Greed Unadorned

West Point, peaceful enough since the truce with the British in 1780, was in the front line again. This time the conflict was over West Point's government-owned cache of 225 million oz. of unpledged silver. The opponents: U.S. manufacturers v. the Silver bloc.

Short on silver throughout the war, U.S. silver users have been hit even harder in peace. Production of aircraft engine bearings, silverware, dental fillings, film emulsions, etc. is being crippled. The estimated needs for 1946 (125 million oz.) could be easily met out of the U.S. hoard. But the silver bloc will not let the U.S. sell.

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