Miami Daily News-Record from Miami, Oklahoma on October 2, 1947 · Page 11
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1947 MIAMI DAILY NEWS-RECORD-—MIAMI, OKLA. PAGE ELEVEN GIs Occupy Lonely Post In Red Zone of Germany -The American flag (above) flies ;over a 30-by-50-'yard patch of U. S. occupied land in the Russian zone of Germany. For bored GI's, over the fence is "out of bounds." By AL COCKING (NEA Staff Correspondent) NAHMITZ, Russian Occupied Germany, Sept. 9—On the edge of this Prussian farm village, deep in the Soviet zone, lies a patch of land, 30 by 50 yards, with the American flag flying over it. By agreement this fenced-in island is populated and administered by a handful of American soldiers who leave it only in case of emergency. No one sets foot on America-in-Prussia without permission of the outpost commander. Because of the boredom at the outpost, the American command in Berlin rotates its island dwellers Every two weeks. Nahmitz outpost serves as an aid station for allied travelers on the autobahn which runs past it. This stretch of road, ; 112 miles long, is the only link for Ameri- cans, British and French between Berlin and the western zones of Germany. The GIs are there to cope with accidents and emergencies on this stretch _ where communications do ruot exist and the travelers are completely cut off from the rest of the world. The troops, consisting of medics, ordnance, signalmen, and constabulary troopers, are on duty 24 hours daily. They do not mind it too much because there is nothing to do until an emergency arises. • The nearest other Americans are 27 miles to the east. The entire Russian zone is off-limits. "No alcohol, no frauleins" is the standing rule here. A few magazines and some pieces of sports equipment are the araly amusement facilities. Living Costs Up To Stay, Some Experts Are Saying *•'i i NEW YORK, Sept. 16—(NEA)< —The cost of living is up to stay. The current crisis in food price's will pass — some time — and the cost of steaks and' eggs and tomatoes will settle back. But living costs never f in our time, will return to what the American consumer likes to think of as "normalcy." '- That is the alrnost unanimous opinion of a variety of experts consulted in an attempt to find out why the cost of living — and particularly the cost of food — is skyrocketing so fast that it already has broken through all previous ceilings. Even the brashest expert admits that he cannot, give a clearcut Explanation of what is happening to prices, or put the finger on any yillian who is even principally responsible. But most of those .consulted agree that certain factors are very important. These—not necessarily in order of their importance—are: During and since the war the incomes of workers have been built to levels that, not long before, would have been considered fantastic. Even with wartime rationing and shortages, workers' families learned to use and want regularly, food' items that used to be rare luxuries. Output of many food items is at record high level. But it has not risen enough to satisfy the increased demand bred by full employment at high wages. This creates scarcity, and scarcity always brings high prices. As the only nation with even relative plenty, we are called upon to help feed the distressed peoples of the Old World. We already have shipped quite a lot, but probably not enough to light such a fire under domestic prices. However, we probably are going to be asked for a lot more in future. The Marshall plan would give Europe dollars. But Europeans can't eat dollars. They must be spent — mostly here. Both government and private interests already are thinking in terms of the foodstuffs; we must be prepared to take out of domestic stores and Bend abroad. For the first time in years the American farmer is sitting on top of the world. The prices he is getting have risen more, by all indices, than the prices he is paying— and more than the prices city folk- are ' paying for farm products. To that extent, he : is to,blame for at least part of the high cost of food. But even city economist agree that the •• level from which he started was below that from which urban workers started. Thus : while the farmer never was so prosperous in history, he still is no more prosperous than the factory workers. He can begin buying labor-saving machinery for himself and his wife, for the first time. But its cost is up from 60 to 75 percent He must compete with" factories, to a considerable extent, for labor He is going to resist bitterly any attempt to put him back, economically, where he was before the war. A cool, wet spring delayed corn planting. Then floods washed a lot of the rooting crop and forced a second, late planting. Before this late crop could mature it was hit by the worst drought since dust-bowl days. As a result, the Government corn estimate made Sept. 10 predicts only 2,404,000,000 bushels, a drop of 874,000,000 bushels, or about 27 percent, from last year's crop. Each • new estimate is gloomier than'the i.one before. Corn is close to 75 percent of the- grain fed to farm animals. When corn is scarce or high priced, this directly affects the cost of meat, fats, milk, butter, eggs, poultry, cheese. Indirectly it af-. fects the cost of bread, flour, macaroni, cereals—a n y t h i n g made from grain—because wheat, oats, barley, etc., have to be diverted from human food to animal food. Neither animals nor humans yet are eating the 1947 corn crop. Theoretically, its shortage should not be felt until later. Actually, the fact that a serious shortage lies just ahead does begin, even now, to affect, retail prices. There are other factors mentioned by economists, marketers and government observers. The 18% percent freight-rate rise is one. The 200 percent increase in the cost of wooden shipping crates is another. But the principal elements of the picture can be summarized in this way: Permanent inflation of the American price structure is here. Six* months ago economists expected it to level off at around 50 percent above 1939. Now they are sure this was over-optimistic, and they don't dare make a substitute guess. It is caused by full employment, high wages, an improved standard of living in cities and on farms. It will fluctuate, perhaps considerably, but in our time at least it won't go away. On top of this permanently raised price level we have substantial export demand, plus a serious shortage in the one crop that, more than any other, affects a wide range of food prices. The peak toward which food prices'now are climbing may remain, with only minor relief, until a new and bigger corn crop is grown—or until we decide to fill our own tables and let the rest of the world ,s t a r v e—or until things get so bad there is a depression .that' ends full employment and reduces high wages. • Every worthwhile source insists that this .summary, and his ner bewilderment was expressed by one pro-consumer official who said:' • ' "Off the record, and confidentially, we're puzzled, too. "All we are sure of is this — that consumer resistance to the'se high and climbing prices is the best weapon we know to start them back down." JAPANESE WANT TO LEARN ROMAJI TOKYO—UP)—Ninety percent of Japan's 18,216 elementary schools want to teach Romaji — writing Japanese phonetically, with English letters—but they're still waiting for the necessary 4,500,000 new textbooks, a government survey reports. GOODS Buy Now for This Winter.... COMPARE QualHy-COMPARE Prices! Fancy, in Syrup Peaches Sweet Peas Tomatoes l^....;.:.:^ 12. Lee Brand, Tender ... Corn 3 Sisters Brand, Golden Kernel or Shurfine, Cream Style . 12 New Peas --< 12 New Peas -< 12 No. 2 Cans No. 2 Cans No. 2 Cans No. 2 Cans No. 2 Cans 2.79 2.49 1.45 2.19 1.98 2.19 Cherries s* 12 - 2.95 2.19 4.10 2.95 Preserves» 12 - 1.45 Pork & Beans 12 1.45 U. B. C. Peaches12 Fruit Cocktail = ; » 12 ushus 1 ^m rand I f, ricots No. 1 Tall Cans No. 2'/2 Cans .. No. 2 Cans Kuner's White or Golden .. . 12 *No. 2 Cans 1.00 Pumpkin WL 12 -~--2.39 Beans Honey as Tamales Joan of Arc Brand . .. . 12 No. 2 Cans 1.20 or 12» 3.60 EUis Brand 12 Jars for . 1.59 Apple Butter 12 ^° 2.95 New Peas - 5 ° n - 12 No. 2 Cans 1.10 Lee Jelly Z±ST...., 12 '•- 4.39 Gooseberries 12 - 2.85 Dog Food ssr...,...'. 12- 90* Attend the Scout Circus at the Miami Fairgrounds Saturday, Oct. 11 Free Delivery Charge Account Service Plenty of Free Parking Space There have been canned foods sales. ... There will be more canned foods sales. ... But there won't be a canned foods sale like this. Prices will . never be lower than at Pick & Pay . , .'and you won't find better quality. Shop this ad—by telephone if you wish—and order plenty of these bargains for winter. • . . • , iFAHM-FHESH PRODUCE Sun-Kist Oranges •* . TOc Sweet Potatoes ^....... IGc Head Lettuce " 13c Fancy Apples ™ '»«''. 5.69 r «| Jonathan, J PA Fancy Apples ^^ 4.5V Russet Potatoes M^X ,.49c Kraut Cabbage ^9 2.25 Junge Crackers BOX 19c • ••• » Breakfast of Champions, >t4\ Wheaties soz B OX . .. lac Salad Dressing Q-^- 49c Post Bran B« X 12c «•! . • Boke-Rite, All Vegetable, ftft^, Shortening ^.C M , VVC Honey Butter £1. 49c Sardines in Oil "-".- 29c Oleomargarine <•"• ° v '....... 33c Eagle Brand Milk =«'»......... 25c Milk-All Brands >: 23e Heinz Baby Food c- 7c 29c 10c T 1 * I ^ oap ' >OW( ' er nas 9 one U P 10%' bur we I Ide are s *'" Se "' n 9 a large box for only (LIMIT TWO) Bab-0 Cleanser Grease Dissolving, Per Can '.;. [11 For Mealtime Pleasure! Sirloin Steak ^"• f ' 59c Short Cut Steak ™*•*•••'• 59c Meat Loaf £ kAdded 45c Lean Bacon ««•• £ 59c

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