American Industry in the War: A Report of the War Industries by Bernard Baruch

By Bernard Baruch

American within the conflict. A file of the struggle industries board

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The first chairman of the clearance committee was Frank A. Scott. He was succeeded by Lieut. Col. C. C. Bolton, who in May, 1918, was succeeded by Kear Ailmiral F. F. Fletcher. ^ The clearance function, as developed through the commodity sections, was the means by whicli the record was maintained, commodity by commodity, of standing orders, and it was the means used for so distributing the Government orders that their benefit or their burden might be equitably shared by all the interests of the respective trades.

2\) in turn received from them, is the fouinlation ami measure of such Board enjoyed. A task of this character wouM have failed completely if the men engaged in it had not i)een willing entirely to sacrifice personal interests, time, money, and sometimes even success as the health for their work. anxieties and personal fortunes in the patriotic eifort each to do his part to win the war. This was an extraordinary examide of the natural organizing power of the American people. It is difficult to give a summary conception of the organization and The Board was inspired by a picture of our industry so its work.

A more poAverful and extensive organization was required. "^ Resources and Conversion Section. On May 27, 1918, the Board established the Resources and Conversion Section, which took over the records and the work of the Industrial Inventory Section and began to organize on an enlarged scale under Charles A. Otis as An organization decentralized geographically and subjecchief. tively was determined upon. The work was too large to be effecThe country was divided into 21 tively handled from one office.

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