FLOWERS: The Lily Boom

The U.S. has a lily boom, and a brand-new industry. On the West Coast, in Louisiana and Florida, people who never grew anything in their lives are now raising bulbs. The reason: the war cut off the 22 to 25 million lily bulbs which the U.S.

imported every year from Japan, which virtually had a world monopoly. By last week the price of lily bulbs had shot up from 10¢ to $1 and $1.10.

Typical of those busily sprouting bulbs into a big business is Tony Cefalu (pronounced sefi-allo), 50, a roly-poly, Sicilian-born ex-tavernkeeper....

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