50 Years Ago...

Minister quits and tells why

London (April 23): Mr Aneurin Bevan, who resigned as Labour Minister yesterday, said to-day that the 'extravagant' American rearmament programme threatened to do more damage than the behaviour of the Soviet Union.

Mr Bevan said the British rearmament programme of GBP4,700,000,000 'is already dead' because it could not be started on that scale.

He said: 'It is now perfectly clear to anyone who examines the matter objectively that the lurchings of the American economy, the extravagant and unpredictable behaviour of their production machine, and the failure of the American Government to inject the arms programme into the economy slowly enough, have already caused vast inflations of prices all over the world . . . If it goes on, more damage will be done by this unrestrained behaviour than by the behaviour of the nation the arms are intended to restrain.'

Price of vice

London (April 20): The high cost of tobacco smoking in Britain is driving more people to snuff. The paradox apparently is that you do not pay through the nose for tobacco if you take it via the nostrils.

The discovery by the public has led to a big increase in business, leading snuff shops report. One expert said today that an ounce of good snuff will last even a heavy addict a week and cost him only five to six shillings. Cigarettes stand at 3s. 6d. for 20.

Washington (April 21): The Federal Trade Commission said to-day that a person who drinks beer without giving up other foods with an equal number of calories 'probably will gain weight'.

It came to this conclusion in an order forbidding three California firms to use the unqualified term 'dietetically non-fattening' in advertising Acme beer.

Hard at work

Buenos Aires (April 24): 'Work marathons' have started in three small factories here. The Government is to set up 'work production records' and spur the rest of the country to work harder.

Workers of two lead pipe factories and of a rubber plant intend to stay at their benches until they drop from exhaustion, taking only 15 minutes off every four hours.

The contest was set last week by two workers making tin lanterns. They both finished up in hospital, one after 78 hours and the other after 98 hours. Both were back at work to-day.