Angered by delays to his housing program, Wilson Watkins Wyatt last week frantically unwrapped his emergency powers. He rolled them into a blackjack and laid about him. The chief casualty was Chicago's Tucker Corp., an innocent bystander.

Tucker had been quietly minding its own business. It had its hands full trying to get into production on a bullet-shaped car, the Tucker Torpedo in Chicago's surplus Dodge plant. Only six weeks ago, Tucker Corp. had signed a "firm" lease purchase agreement with the War Assets Administration for the plant.

But Wilson Wyatt's National Housing Administration now decided that this 83-acre plant would...

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