THE NATION: By Law & by Dicker

Winter's first major assault, a vast cold air mass from the Arctic, swept across the nation this week. Florida felt the chill fringes of it. In Grand Forks, N. Dak., the temperature dropped to 17° below zero. Around the stark deserted tipples of the coal mines from West Virginia to southern Illinois, a northwest wind whooped. John L. Lewis had a new ally.

From the Executive Mansion, Harry Truman could watch the bare trees on the White House lawn bending under the assault. But Mr. Truman himself was not bending. He was determined...

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