Disease's Progress

The creeping disease of the U.S. economy, priorities unemployment, infected the booming West Coast lumber industry last week. Because of OPM's priority order against non-defense housing (TIME, Oct. 6) millmen have had a flood of cancellations on "side-cut" lumber (for home construction). Last week Portland's West Oregon Lumber Co. cut operations from five to two days a week. Another concern did likewise. Said the West Coast Lumbermen's Association: "Others might follow."

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