FOOD: Everybody's Poison

There had never been such a widespread meat famine before. Last week TIME'S correspondents in 139 cities — the centers of every area in the U.S. — reported on it. In all the U.S. there were only half a dozen cities in which the shortage was not acute. The lucky six: Boise, Idaho; Tallahassee, Fla. ; Douglas, Ariz.; Austin, Corpus Christi and Laredo, Texas.

Few cities or areas were as well off as Salina, Kans., which had meat for about 30% of its people. Waterbury, Conn, and Reading, Pa. had no fresh meat at...

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