LABOR: Blackout in Kansas City

For four hours one night last week. Kansas City, Mo. was plunged without warning into darkness. Transcontinental planes circled, looking for the unlighted airport. Trolleys stopped dead. Pumps quit pumping the city's water. A startled community of half a million people groped in candlelit darkness. The striking employes of Kansas City Power & Light Co. had taken over the power plant and pulled the switches.

A dispute between the company and an A.F. of L. electrical workers' union over recognition, had dragged on for four years. Further proceedings before NLRB and the Circuit Court of Appeals were pending, but local...

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