Business: The Free Ski Case

In his nine years as dean of the Harvard Law School, Aztec-faced James M. Landis acquired a certain ponderosity of language. As director of the Office of Civilian Defense in 1942, Landis ordered federal buildings to obtain "obscuration . . . either by blackout construction or by termination of the illumination." President Roosevelt laughingly rewrote this as ". . . put something across the window ... or turn out the lights."

Last week, the Civil Aeronautics Board, which Landis now heads, had Colonial Airlines puzzling through some more gobbledygook. Colonial, which does a...

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