Nation: In the Black

When the call went out for aid in ransoming Bay of Pigs prisoners from Castro's Cuba last December, more than 60 U.S. drug and medical equipment companies contributed some $50 million worth of products. On the corporate balance sheets, the donations have turned out quite well.

Last week Merck & Co. of Rahway, N.J., which committed $2,500,000 worth of its goods to the ransom, announced that it figured to come out ahead after taking its tax deductions. Just how much ahead, Merck did not say; in any event, the company said that it plans to turn over the profits to charity, on...

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