Footware Ration Threatened
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Production Board (WPB) announced yesterday that inventories of leather are severely low. As a result, it is uncertain if footwear manufacturers will be able to maintain production to supply current ration levels. The shortage is due to the supply of raw stock falling twenty-four per cent below the level required for leather production. The shoe committee of the WPB has recommended an increase in cattle slaughter to improve the supply of raw stock. At the same time, members of the National Leather Workers Association are meeting today in Peabody, Mass., to decide if to end its eleven-day-old strike, which affects two thousand workers at sixteen leather and tanning plants in that area. President Roosevelt has issued an order mandating an end to the strike.