National Affairs: Furiously to Think

In the hullabaloo over the railroad strike, the coal strike was almost forgotten. In their first week back at work, the miners dug out 9,000,000 tons of coal (normal consumption: 11,200,000 tons). But negotiations had once more broken off, and time was running out on John Lewis' second deadline. By now everybody knew what President Truman would do if the miners struck again. He would seize the mines. He would also promise to carry on negotiations after the mines had been seized—if the miners would continue to work. But would they? At week's end, a rarely puzzled John Lewis made the...

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