ARMY: Mule Boom

A butt for dreary jests, a homely beast to look upon, the U.S. mule—4,500,000 strong—is again coming into his own. Farmers, threatened with a tractor shortage, are buying mules. The U.S. Army is getting set to bargain for more than 15,000. Dealers in such mule marts as Memphis and East St. Louis, Ill. think a mule boom is in the making.

Though the Army today has only about 7,000 mules—about half the number it had ten years ago—it has never discovered anything on wheels that could replace the mule. As careless of heat and cold as of man's advice, the mule...

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