Business & Finance: Mastodon or Mouse?

After months of racking labor, WPB and OPA last week finally brought forth their much-advertised plan 1) to put cheap essential clothing back on retailers' shelves, and 2) roll back clothing prices for the consumer. But there was a big question whether the joint travail had brought forth a mastodon or a mouse.

OPA Boss Chester Bowles was pretty sure that he had a mastodon. WPB had taken over control of 80% of the civilian supply of cottons, 80% of the woolens, and 75% of the rayon. It had set up a complicated system of...

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