STATES & CITIES: Free Food, Fracas & Frank

It is less hazardous to give food to the hungry striking coal miners of Kentucky's Bell County if you do not make a speech about it. It is even more prudent, if you live in New York City and are a writer with a flair for succoring the oppressed, not to try either. One who knows this now is Waldo Frank, 42, globe-trotting lecturer, critic (Our America), novelist (City Block), journalist (for the New Republic and New Masses).

Mr. Frank belongs to a group of zealous metropolitan literati who...

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