The Nation: Survival: A Primer

"Hssst!" hissed the minked Westchester matron to a furbelowed companion at New York's Grand Central Terminal. "Come with me. I know a place that has earmuffs!"

Good luck! Bonne chance! Happy hunting!

Among other items in nationwide short supply and fierce demand in this killing winter are woolen underwear, blankets (wool and electric), flannel shirts, wool socks, parkas, mittens, gloves, mufflers, ski pants, goggles, hand warmers, car batteries, weather stripping, calking guns, firewood, woodburning stoves, electric heaters, and radios with the weather band that tells you how frightful today is going to be.

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