National Affairs: God Bless the Day

In the United Mine Workers' elegant Washington headquarters last week, an arthritic, ruptured coal miner received the first old-age pension check issued from the union's welfare fund.

White-haired Horace M. Ainscough, 62, first went down the pits in 1895 in Lancashire, England, and finally retired from the Union Pacific Coal Co.'s mines in Rock Springs, Wyo. last February. His pension, retroactive to the day he retired: $100-a-month. Said Ainscough: "God bless the day John L. Lewis was born."

To John L. it was a demonstration that the coal industry can and should take care of its injured and aged. Said he: "We...

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