Outstanding among civilian heroes of this war are merchant seamen who, often without proper escort protection (see above), deliver munitions to the fighting fronts. Last week, while thousands of these men performed their duties on the seven seas, some important developments affecting their status exploded at home.

Maritime Mutiny? From Guadalcanal came an ugly story: the crew of one merchant ship had mutinied by refusing to discharge cargo on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Quick to deny this charge was Joseph Edwin Curran, boss of the National Maritime Union, which up till recently controlled with an iron hand almost all sailors operating...

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