LABOR: Sit-Down Spread

Five-score desperate men crouched inside the Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. plant in North Chicago one dawn last week as up to the gates marched a motley army of 125 other desperate men armed with guns, nightsticks, baseball bats, tear gas bombs, battering rams. The besieging army was the Law—Sheriff Lawrence C. Doolittle of Lake County, Ill., with policemen and deputies.

Not gangsters in a hideout, but sit-down strikers were the besieged. Two days prior they had sat down for recognition of their union, the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel & Tin Workers into...