THE NATION: The Threat Comes True

Our economy is being gradually stagnated. As the days progress, tonnage will go off the railroads, factories will close and distress will come to the American people.

That was what John L. Lewis said a fortnight ago. He did not say it in sorrow or lamentation. He said it coldly—so coldly as General Carl ("Tooey") Spaatz had warned Germany of what the Allied Air Forces would do to the German economy and people.

Two weeks ago John Lewis' threat was a gambit in the war of nerves of his soft-coal strike. Now it was something more: a weapon by which...

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