During his four years in the White House the U. S.'s greatest ex-Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, used to announce at regular intervals that business was getting better. Not yet quite so famous are the announcements of another H. H., Secretary of Commerce Harry Hopkins, business-appeaser emeritus. Mr. Hopkins last week issued another H. H. announcement to spread a little recovery cheer, noting an end-of-May "pickup in activity": increases in auto sales and in post-strike coal activity.

But not much comfort for H. H. was the failure of both industries to get back to where they were in March.

Coal: From...

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