THE PEOPLE: Scofflaws

Who cared about the black market? Not the U.S. people.

In New York City one day last week ten housewives, led by a public schoolteacher, made the rounds of their neighborhood meat and food dealers to ask their help in combating the black market. They got little comfort. At one store jeering employes told them: "Go home and wash your dishes."

By last week the U.S. public, in most communities, had just about lost all of its wartime resistance against black marketing. Most people seemed to be resigned to widespread violations of the price-control laws. As they did in the Prohibition era,...

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