MEAT: Butch Buys a Steer

New York's busy little Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia has long contended that no law-abiding beef slaughterer can make money under OPA's present ceilings for beef. Last week, "Butch" LaGuardia tried to drive home his point, with the help of a Grade-A steer. On Butch's orders, the city bought the steer and had it slaughtered, keeping track of the pound-by-pound cost. The results:

¶The cost of the steer, including commission, freight, slaughtering and trucking costs, and allowing for the present Government subsidy to packers, was 25.36¢ a Ib. for 664 Ibs. Total cost: $168.39.

¶Packers, said the Mayor, would have had...

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