Foreign News: Cooperatives & Flappers

Collective buying by ultimate consumers is not widely known in the U. S.; but more than 5,000,000 Britons, mostly housewives, are owner-members of Cooperative Societies which buy goods to the stupendous value of $1,500,000,000 per year.

Last week the Cooperative Union Congress—representing the collective-buyer horde—met 4,000 strong in West Hartlepool. Soon the delegates were furiously debating whether to continue in active alliance with the British Labor Party.

Roared Delegate John Weatherhead: "Politics never grew an ounce of tea or turned a wheel. Let's stick to trade and political independence!"

"I know . . ."...

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