LABOR: Proper Pitch

John L. Lewis is the most even-tempered man in Big Labor—he is always in, emerging from or entering a mood of righteous fury. But even John L. had a hard time last week thinking up some new way of showing his contempt for the big bosses of the American Federation of Labor. Since he had called them "fat and stately asses" and "debased cravens," and they had reduced him to size at the A.F.L. convention two months ago (TIME, Oct. 27), Lewis had stewed angrily, working himself up to the proper pitch for the next explosion.

Last week the moment came....

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