National Affairs: Purge & Pistol

Homer Martin, slim, bespectacled head of the United Automobile Workers, is a preacher by training, and after he won the national hop, step & jump championship at 22 he was invariably called the "Leaping Parson." From the Leeds Baptist Church on the outskirts of Kansas City, where the deacons thought his labor gospel somewhat apocryphal, he leaped to a Chevrolet assembly line, then to leadership of a Kansas City local and finally in one tremendous leap to the front of C.I.O.'s noisiest, most turbulent union. Last week President Martin found himself in...

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