U.S. At War: OPA's Revenge

A Texas reporter, Mark Miller, wanted to show up the administrative weaknesses of OPA's gasoline-rationing program. He set out with no ration coupons at all, and made a 2,000-mile border-to-border auto trip (Brownsville, Tex. to International Falls, Minn.). He used 123 gallons of bootlegged gas, bought extra ration coupons for 190 gallons besides. In the Oct. 2 issue of Collier's he told the whole tale.

Last week Mark Miller paid the penalty. OPA ruled that his gas-rationing book for 1944 be withheld, and read him a stern lecture: the war effort would be promoted better by emphasizing "individual responsibility. . ....

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