War Babies, Care & Feeding Of

How should war babies be brought up? Last week an official proposal was made for the future of one of the most important: the $700 million synthetic-rubber industry, all Government owned.

Should it be operated by the Government? Should it be turned loose to live or die? Should it be kept alive in an incubator by tariff protection? An interdepartmental committee, headed by popular red-faced William L. Batt, wartime rubber czar, tried to answer these questions. Its answer to all of them: No. The Batt committee hoped to turn the war baby into a healthy, unsubsidized and profit-making private industry.

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