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PAGE TWELVE m,YTHF,VTI,T,E (AUK.) COUIUKR NEWS Living Costs on Way Up in Canada, But Food Still is Cheaper Than It Is in the United States By JAMES MONTAGNCS NBA Special C«rre*polWlent TORONTO, Oct. ». (NTAl—Tho' tost ot living Is going up In C»n- ida, too. It still lags behind those rises that are worrying the United States. But the gap between prices beif> and in the States has begun o narrow. Such a situation is normal, and n a sense it represents the- goal oward which the Dominion's planners have been working right along. Americans have been fed on itartliug contrast* between the cost if food in Windsor with that through the tunnel in Detroit, and on pictures of householders driving south over the border with heavy load» of Canadian groceries. The explanation, in brief, is this: Food traditionally is cheaper here than in the States, Probably It will coniinue to be so. Canada's is a food-producing economy, notwithstanding the very important progress that industry made during the h'ar. Rents also are cheaper than In the U. S. But even now clothing, electrical household appliances, automobiles, leather goods, furniture and'such Items cost more up here. They—or Important raw materials or parls [or them—have to be Imported from the United. States. They cost as much to begin with, and then there must be added around 35 per cent for customs duties plus eight percent lor federal sales tax. Controlled Farm Prices The cost of food was held down very well during the war. Canada Imposed rationing and price cpn- tro! In 1941. based on. Sept. 15-to- Oct. 11 levels. Unlike U. S. controls, the Dominion's started with til!! fanner. Wages, too, were regulated more closely. They-.were based on Nov. 15. 1041, rates, with a cost-of-llvlng bonus that rose each time the Index went up a full point. In January, 1945. a general bul controlled'adjust r ment was made. Controls were lifted in mid-1946. The net result appears in average weekly earnings figures for the manufacturing industries. In 1911 the average industrial worker got $25.68, In 1912 he earned $28.73. in 1943 his pay was $31.62, In 1W4 it wns $32.66. in 194« he fell off again to $31.83. and this year he has Jumped lo $36.61. The average wage rise since 1941 aggregates less than 43 per cent. The American factory worker averaged $33.70 in. July, 1941, and $53.60 in July, 1947, an increase of North and South of the Border In th«*u» two plciurrs th« housewife, (he butcher and the slum-case full of meat look very much alike. But (here's an international borderline between them—kind more than a borderline difference between the prices to which the housewives are pointing. The 18-cent tat I* on rib roast IK*/' In Windsor. Canada ((DM photo); the 53-cenl tat IK on pot roast beef In J)etrolr, U. S. A. Although ^Oimila-'s cost of Jiving is rising, the difference promises to be a permanent fixture, like the border \ *?* *+&(.. 59 per cent. The overall result of those trol.s was DIAL the cost of living in Cumula liacl rLscn 28 points bj THE VTOHYi (with whom he lN(rodM*c ^ '•. ' • • • * !.". xin [JOYCE came bouncing in, hi her * cheerful, eager manner, but stopped short at sight of Drusilla. And then she said mildly, with & Wtl* wiggle of tl>e fingers of her •praised hand, "Hi, dream girl— bow's everything?'* "Rotten," said I>ru6ftta. Joyce exchanged a swift glance with George, who scowled. At *>at moment Madelainc came into the, room. She greeted Drusilln s though the. were the most wel eome ot expected guests, and w*ien, a JHUe feter, dinner was announced, she mid graciously Tou're Maying ho dmner. Drii- fca, of course." Brasilia glanced »t George, but George was looking down Bappy. wwl Drwrtla's )ovely IKC dark«n«d. ! "No, 1'n _._, I'm not staying to dinner. Wasn't invited,** she said sulkily / \ "I'm invifeng yo« now; ehHd— w ' \ ^Thanks," Drusrtta cut ki nide fir, "but I must nm along. I onty j«topped by because I saw the fin vraft wp at the gate. I didn't know CTB bad gwesfc." She swept out ot the room in •*wrl erf ehrtfon skirts wxi click I heels, awl a moment )a*er 1 Beard the Ktmd of a car atarted to* Ceorge made * Irtfle gesture W tolaste. Tret's torgot abowt Dru," ftM, and offered Happ^ MX M CT ' J " t APPY fcwnd dinn«r a eonti ttoti o< the encivintroent that like some irriractricvHty perfect When Vt was over. Mnclelatne rt Joyce settled clown lo n gnmo cribbage. and George. Looking the plock. said eagerly to Happy. And now we 1 !! sec Uie gnrde 1 He swung open on: ot the icnch doors and they stepped out n a flagstone terrace. It was dark vc for the oblongs of soft yellow ghl Hint spilled through Uie other oors nlong the tcrrnce. George iok her hatnl nnti, moving with ic case of familiarity, led her ong the Icrnicc and around irner until they were at the back I ' the big house, iAs the moon climbed nbove the,, >ps of the tall trees and lay bright nd elear before them t H a ppy ood enchanted and incredulous. Covering the ground belo c icni, and spreading to the edge of le woods on either side, wore rifts of snowy white which, in the remulou? silver-gilt moonlight, ere like thousands and tliousnnds of white butterflies come to rest. "Oh!" she breathed at last, in voice so faint with wonder that George had to loan his head n little bove her to catch the sound. "Oh —what is it?" 'White azaleos," wid George softly. • • * A TINY wind moved BiceHhily, ^ »s though-on tiptoe, across the rhite wonder before them. "I'll never forget them—never," whwpered Happy. "Of course you won't," George K«red her. M I won't let you/" Hfted her head ni>d drew __ breath of utter delight- It was »ke being in the midst ot JPOWI« erohanting dream, too perfect for reality. And yet RB stood there, spellbound by the >oveiines* around her, she wae con sc ioiu of a perfectly insane feeling ol—H couldn't possibly be homesickness! Yet the Tiston of thc apartment stotxi ck?ar before her, t>nd kningmg in th« big eom- fortabie cbair he K-M! precmtptcd, Sieve's narrow, dark lace, rus guizzica) eyes that cuuld be so tor- mcnlca by hidcovis memories. ecmec' to look strniyhl into her own. She shivered Involunlarily, and George said, swiftly contrite. 'You're cold, What an idiot I was ;o bring you out here without ft wrap. Come along inside." 3he let him lend her back to the long, handsome rnom with its great log fire leaping beneath the impressive mantel, and Madelaine nnd Joyce bent above their game. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1047 >cc. 3, 1U4G, contrasted with a rise oi M ]H'i ciiia in Uie United Stales. At flint time the sovernmcia lcd relaxing controls wUh a clcf- nito plan In mind. They wanted to kccj) Canada's Inttox slightly under that of the rising'U. S, level until co.M.s in the States reached heir peak. Then they proposed to i(t, con trols and let prices seek their own level, which they expected would bf. on llic pre-war relationship—food cheaper, other things lier, overall cost of living Just a jit more. Hy Intel-September, officials dc- clcTcd American inflation was past Die poak. Controls here were taken off mast food, clothing, pulp and paper, aRilcnlturaj machinery and construction items. They were regained on ftugnr, meat, fa Is, sonic Imported fruits, rents, iron and steel and some tin alloys, wheat and coar.se grains and various needs. Subsidies Rig Fucfor It now appears Unit Ottawa may have misjudged the American price situation. H prices there continue to rise, the absence of controls here climb. This will be exaggerated by the termination of subsidies. Throughout the war and until recently subsidies were paid to basic producers to hold down the cost of food, clothing and household items. This worked so, for instance, thai oranges and fruit juices sold for less here than In the States, whence they were imported. When subsidies stopped r prices rose to the American level plus the cosl of customs duties. Millers were getting a subsidy about rrjual to their sales price. When that cntne off, wheat bread went up from two to five ccnt.s a IOR.I and rye bread doubled. Removal of subsidies is expected to shoot clothing costs np as much as 25 per cent. , Lnbor lenders now warn that they will ask increases to compensate for the higher cost of living. This could start, a cycle similar lo that from which the United States has been suffering. Canadians expect to see the cost oi living mount, to at lensl 40 per cent above 1039, when the Dominion went to war. This Mil! would be below the increase in the United Slates. Muybc it can be held there as long as export controls on food nre continued. v AJADELAINE gave them a swift glance and rose from the table. "And now." she said briskly. "I'm going to call nn early bed-, lime. I'm sure Happy is UreXl, and you'll want to get an early start in the morning, George." George nodded. "I'm anxious to see how things have been going,* 1 ic admitted. "I'll have had break- 'asl and be gone long before you * arc awake, Happy, bxit I'll see you at dinner tomorrow evening." "PU take gootl care of her,* oy re p romisod. M D o you rid e* Happy?" Happy dimpled demurely. "Only the subway—and in moments of extravagance, a Fifth Avenue bus," she answered lightly Joyce chuckled. "Well, I've got riding clothes that will fit you and you'll learn to ride something a ittlc less sedate before I'm through enching you*things, my girl.** At the foot of the stair^ Happy ound George beside her. holding ier hand, keeping her back n little, Joyce, with a glance over her shoulder, wont pn tro the stairs and Happy colored a IHtlc <*t Joyce's kwik. I hope you're going lo like H here. Happy," said George softly and earnestly. "Half as much a* 1 like having you here." For B moment he looked very much as though He might bend his handsome head and kiss her. But then he stepped bark, with n tender, amused smile, nnd jwtid lightly, "Good night, Happy; sleep well!" She nodded, murmured something, iwd went swiftly »p th< stairs. <To Be Our Boarding House with Moj. Hoopie OUT OUR WAY By J. R. WiIliams %- . D&1N56SS ACOMEfJ THfxKl trtfe .<iT To A BIG ORDER FOR. ONSE PLKT6/ HOW DO I KsiOvJ TNS NtoT BOVlNSG ™ , X ^ IKNI il^G YOU TO IWM6ST V\ A 6DMC14 OP S^^O^i.& SO. 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