LABOR: The South Secedes

The National Defense Mediation Board this week threw up its hands and for the first time admitted defeat. It had shattered its shining lance on a pile of coal. For nearly a month, while operators and miners wrangled, virtually no soft coal had been mined. Emergency supplies had dwindled by the hour, while steelmakers, munition makers, shipbuilders cursed. "Criminal" was the word OPM's angry William Knudsen used two weeks ago to describe any stoppage in the defense program. Shocking, at least, were the figures which showed what had happened as the result of...

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