ECONOMICS: Galveston v. Peat Bogs

Food, machinery and raw materials—Marshall Plan aid from the U.S.—is unloading on the docks of western Europe. What difference does it make? One close-up answer can be found in the town of Nijverdal (pop. 9,000), set in the peatbog country of eastern Holland. To Nijverdal, the Marshall Plan means cotton. When TIME Correspondent Frank White went to have a look, he found that word of his coming had got to Nijverdal ahead of him. Cabled White last week:

The broad highway from the Zuider Zee topped a beech-trimmed ridge, then dropped into the town....

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