A Sick Industry

Gloom. Gloom. Gloom. Ahead, rapidly drawing closer, was the spectre of an unparalleled industrial crisis. On Aug. 1 the coal miners would strike, unless a last-minute agreement were made. With the striking miners would be the transport workers and railwaymen, who decided not to handle any coal once the strike began. Numerous other workers would surely walk out in sympathy while, owing to a shortage of coal, many industries would be forced to shut down and discharge their employes. The Times struck the keynote of pessimism:

"The country...

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