RUBBER: The Bottom

When "Bull Bill" Jeffers bowed out of Washington as Rubber Czar last September, he flatly announced: "The big job is done." In the long months that followed, optimism flowed from the Rubber Director's office; full-page, breast-beating advertisements of many an oil company happily assured the U.S. that the Battle of Rubber had been won. But last week, a sheaf of ominous straws fluttered out of Washington:

¶ The allotment of synthetic rubber previously scheduled for civilian tires in the next five months has been halved.

¶ OPA drastically screwed down tire rationing,...

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