From outer appearances Britain drifted silently toward a battle between the public and the workers.
The court which the Government set up (TIME, July 20) to inquire into the causes of the dispute* in the mining industry was boycotted by the mine workers who declined to recognize its competence unless the mine operators first withdrew their wage-agreement notice. The operators remained adamant. The court was adjourned temporarily after one ten-minute session.
Meantime, a meeting of trade-union executives was held in London. Two important decisions were made:
1) Not to call a strike without first...