Only the Beginning

Irrepressible, indefatigable Henry J. Kaiser is fixing to cop the first postwar contract in the shipbuilding industry. The contract: 30 diesel cargo ships designed for the Netherlands East Indies coastwise trade. The production schedule: building to begin "long before" year's end. Henry and the Dutch, equally shrewd, figured the ships could be used for war cargoes before the Jap is licked, and certainly right after he is thrown out of the Indies.

At a press conference in his tulip-bedecked Washington office, H.J. said he had a green light from the Maritime Commission, but none from WPB, WMC, or anyone else. Asked...

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