TEXTILES: Rayon v. Cotton

Cotton-State Senators chortled. Headed by old (79) "Cotton Ed" Smith of South Carolina, they had fought a bitter minor battle. The War Department had plumped for the use of rayon cord in synthetic tires in place of cotton. The politicos, ever-sensitive in their cotton fibers, worried about the South's loss of a good chunk of its domestic cotton market. Then, last week, the Senate's Truman Committee mightily boosted the cause of cotton cord.

Rough-&-tumble Rubber Czar Jeffers thought he had settled the question last October. At the War Department's request he has bulled through most of his program to expand...

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