THE NATION: Week of Decision

The President was out of town and so was Congress. In the nation's capital last week the Price Decontrol Board was the focal point of U.S. Government.

Its job was thorny and thankless. Its immediate problem, to be settled this week, was whether to restore price ceilings on meat, grain, dairy products, cottonseed and soybeans or let prices range in a free market.

Whatever it did, it would inevitably set a pattern. If it kept the five ceilings off, U.S. businessmen could be reasonably certain that other ceilings still on would soon disappear; it would...

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