Little Jeweler, What Now?

"When a material gets as scarce as copper," SPAB Director Donald Nelson told the Truman Committee last week, "priorities are no longer any good. It has to be straight allocation . . . both from the top and from the bottom."

This was reassuring talk. Allocation, Washington's new magic word, was about to replace priorities in earnest (TIME. Oct. 6). Theoretically, this meant that civilian industries starving for lack of scarce materials could expect a fairer shake, that Army and Navy must also submit to allocation, instead of hogging the head of the...

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