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Five months ago London was the biggest city in the world (population: 8,500,000). Last week Gas, Light and Coke Co., which virtually monopolizes the city’s utilities, estimated a 1,500,000 decrease in customers since war broke. At the most conservative, each of those customer households represented two people. At least 3,000,000 people, therefore, had by last week been evacuated or mobilized, and London had shrunk smaller than New York City (7,425,000) and Tokyo (5,875,000).

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