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U. S. WILL BE A BAREFOOT NATION IN TWO
YEARS UNLESS LEATHER -FAMINE IS BROKEN
Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. iB. Deal
ers' greed and a leather famino
threaten to make a barefoot nation
of the U. S. within next two years.
Shoe dealers and manufacturers
predict that before the end of 1917
the price of women's fancy boots will
be $35 per pair, and that all other
footwear will be correspondingly
high. Ere" long a paif of .alt-l$ather
Photo of-the "boycott shoe" which
has become popular In Los Angeles.
This shoe, of course, is for Use in'
mild climates.- Other picture com
bines shoes that date from the time
shoes were first used down to present-day
shoeswill be a curiosity in this coun
try. ' v
Did you know that shoe dealers
add more than 100 per cent to the
price of footgear after they get it
from the manufacturers? Shoes, for
Instance, tnat the maker sells for $5
are disposed of by the dealer for $12
more than 100 per cent higher!
Strange, isn't it. that the cost ofi