The U.S. At War, HORRORS OF WAR: No Cushions

War took the word "rubber"' out of the U.S. language last week. All the gold in Fort Knox (some $14,500,000,000) could not bring enough rubber from the Jap-infested Far East to satisfy the U.S. demand (50,000 tons a month). Price Boss Leon Henderson ruled that the nation's "average" motorists—including traveling salesmen, taxi drivers, and isolated countrysiders without other means of transportation—may not buy new tires. Only exemptions: medicos and their aides, ambulances, fire fighters, police services, garbage trucks, mail trucks, public busses carrying at least ten persons, ice-&-fuel delivery, farm tractors, industrial, mining and construction equipment.

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