Foreign News: Plank No. 16

Adolf Hitler snared the votes of Germany's enormous petty shopkeeper class by promising in famed Plank No. 16 of the Nazi Party Platform: ''Immediate communalization of the large department stores and their rental at low cost to small merchants."

Last week the Fatherland was still waiting for Leader Hitler to carve up Wertheim's in Berlin and Germany's other great department stores into cubicles and booths, each tended by a happy shopkeeper. Failure to carry out Plank No. 16 is the more dangerous to Chancellor Hitler's prestige because the Nazi Party claims to be unique in that its entire Platform is "unalterable." Moreover,...

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