London's Daily Express indignantly told a vinous tale. Its point: even the British Government has been touched by the profit fever which has kicked the prices of scarce luxuries skyward in Britain. Said the Express:

Harrods Ltd., a department store, had some Spanish sherry, bought soon after the war started at £33 a butt (100 gallons). A German bomb hit the warehouse where the sherry was stored. Harrods collected an insurance claim for £45 a butt (covering insurance and other costs). Then the sherry, found intact, became the property of the Government. Harrods offered to buy it back at £200...

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