Fortnight ago the greatest British cotton strike since the War ended. In Manchester, Blackburn, Oldham, a halfmillion Lancashire cotton workers trudged from their dingy yellow brick houses back to the mills, agreed to abide by the decision of an Arbitral Board of Five: two workers, two employers and an umpire (TIME, Aug. 26).

Last week the umpire, level-headed Mr. Justice Rigby Swift, announced the decision: Instead of the 12½% wage reduction demanded by mill owners, spinners and weavers must accept a cut of 6.41%.

"The five members of the Arbitral Board agree," said Justice...

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