TRANSITION: Bright Pattern

The U.S. War Department spent a grand total of $14,000,000,000 on war materials delivered during World War I.

Last week, the War Department announced that in World War II, the Army has already canceled $13,000,000,000 in war contracts. The real news was not the whopping figure, but the speed with which the Army has paid off on some 13,000 of 19,000 contracts. Average time from the filing of claims: three and one-half months.

Oil the Machinery. These speedy settlements were due largely to the well-oiled machinery set up by handsome Brigadier General Albert Browning, 54, ex-president of United Wallpaper Factories, Inc....

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