Mr. Jeffers Calls a Spade

Good, strong talk—the kind of back talk Congress got from World War I's tough Supplyman Charles G. Dawes—came this week from Rubber Czar William M. Jeffers. The Senate Agriculture Committee, loaded with cotton Senators, called him on the carpet. His crime was that he had planned to expand rayon production to get enough fabric for military tires—instead of substituting cotton, which is likely to overheat. Jeffers promptly threw the carpet over his hecklers' heads.

"I don't intend to be influenced by anybody, anywhere, any time," he shouted.

"The whole damned thing has been...

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