GOVERNMENT: Whiskey Rebellion

A small-bore whiskey rebellion broke out this week. In defiance of President Truman's wishes (but not of any binding order) most U.S. distillers resumed normal production for the first time since Oct. 24. They had voluntarily closed down for two months, had then been limited to 50% of their normal grain consumption for another month by a temporary law which expired Jan. 31.

President Truman, whose plea for new restrictions on distilling had been turned down by Congress, appealed directly to the liquor industry to limit itself. But the distillers weren't impressed. They knew that preliminary estimates on the 1948 wheat...

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