WARTIME LIVING: Minimum Comfort

In one day New York City's Department of Health got 1,526 complaints about heatless apartments. In many another locality, especially along the Eastern seaboard, shivering householders eyed their dwindling coal bins and thought unkind thoughts about John L. Lewis. Patriots who had converted from oil to coal had an extra curse for Harold L. Ickes.

The year's strikes had cost the nation about 40,000,000 tons of lost coal production. Production has been speeded since, to an estimated 586,000,000 bituminous tons for the year, against peacetime's normal 400,000,000 tons. But consumption, including shipments to...

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