National Affairs: Bituminous Days

In the bleak, grimy hill-and-dale coal country around Pittsburgh, last week was much like the week before, and the week before that, and months before that to the tens of thousands of bituminous workers who, because their union-leaders told them to, came out of that countryside's black bowels last year and refused to work for less pay.

Dulled by months of malnutrition, monotonous argument and the sapping vices which poverty invents in idleness, the actual pick-and-shovel men of the miners' union were scarcely aware that their condition had...

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