Great Britain's factories were threatened last week with shutdowns by the greatest coal strike since the general walkout of 1926. More than a tenth, possibly a seventh, of 710,000 miners were out. Their tempers were short, their attitude adamant, their position clear. They were in open conflict with Winston Churchill's Government.

The disturbed area centered in South Wales, spread into North Wales, England's Durham, Scotland. Basic causes of the strike lay in the uneconomic condition of British coal mining, with its cumulative bitterness between miners and mineowners. The mines are now under...

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