PRICES: Clearing the Air

Wyoming's slender, shaggy-browed Joseph C. O'Mahoney stood up on the Senate floor last week and exclaimed: "It is clear to me that someone has to straighten it out . . . [with] plain language." The "it" was the confusion over prices caused by the U.S. Supreme Court's outlawing of the cement industry's basing point system (TIME, May 10, 1948 et seq.).

Joe O'Mahoney's method of setting things straight was quite senatorial. He introduced a bill. The bill would permit manufacturers to absorb freight charges and quote delivered prices, provided they were "acting...

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