Burn, Fiddle

With the House still on vacation, Leon Henderson's price control bill still gathered dust in a drawer last week. But prices gathered neither dust nor moss.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics index of 28 basic commodities reached 152.7, up 1.2 points in the four weeks since Congress got the bill. Retail prices were pulled along. Manhattan Shirt Co. raised white broadcloths from $2 to $2.25. A men's clothing chain (Howard) raised its one-price suit line from $22.50 to $24.75.

Even where Henderson had imposed ceilings, there was no stopping the upward trend. When he "suggested" fair prices for gasoline at Northeastern Seaboard...

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