UTILITIES: Brownout

Into Manhattan's Commodore Hotel last week trooped 4,000 bronzed and weatherbeaten farmers and farm administrators. Delegates of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, they were there to plump for more and bigger TVA-like projects. They wanted dams and power plants along the St. Lawrence, Missouri, and Columbia Rivers. They wanted the federal government, which had spent $375 million in rural electrification last year, to spend $450 million more this year.

The keynote was set by Secretary of the Interior Julius A. ("Cap") Krug, who snorted: "Some high-priced lobbying talent and some vicious propaganda have gone into . . . hampering...

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