MINING: Exit Gold

The Government finally put an end to a piece of 100% nonsense: digging gold in wartime out of the California and Dakota hills for $35 per ounce and then laboriously reburying it at Fort Knox. The War Production Board last week decreed that gold mines must stop breaking out new ore this week, stop all operations within 60 days. The War Manpower Commission simultaneously moved to force gold miners to take jobs in other non-ferrous mines—notably copper—which are desperately short of manpower (TIME, Aug. 24).

Manpower Commissioner Paul McNutt directed employers (although he has...

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