Business: TIME CLOCK, Jul. 26, 1954

BEEF PRICES may slip if drought continues on the Western plains. American National Cattlemen's Association says that dry pastures and short hay crops are forcing ranchers to rush herds to market, predicts that 7,000,000 cattle will be slaughtered this year (v. 5,600,000 in 1953).

BOAC is buying eight used Boeing Stratocruisers and seven used Lockheed Constellations to replace its grounded fleet of De Havilland Comets. Newest clue to the cause of the Comet's trouble: pressure tests on a Comet fuselage reportedly caused it to split along one side, indicating that it will have to be strengthened to stand flights at 40,000 ft.

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