When Federal Trade Commissioner Lowell Mason spoke before the hardware manufacturers convention in Atlantic City last week, startled hardwaremen wondered if they were hearing aright. He addressed them as "fellow law-violators" and told them they were all probably violating the Supreme Court decision which FTC had won against basing points (TIME, July 19). He urged them to write their Congressmen to nullify the decision and ridiculed the FTC's enforcement of it by reciting a jingle.

The hardwaremen were hearing aright, all right. Ever since he was named to FTC in 1945, gum-chewing, wisecracking Lowell Mason has been giving the other four...

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