National Affairs: Inconceivable Strike

The sober, grey-haired men who run the nation's railroad unions made methodical plans last week for a strike which—if it ever came off—would be the most daring, gigantic, inconceivable strike in all U.S. history.

The resounding strike call read like a timetable. At 6 a.m. on Dec. 7 the five railway brotherhoods (engineers, firemen, conductors, trainmen, switchmen) would walk out on the Santa Fe, Rock Island, New York Central, Denver & Rio Grande, Katy, Pennsylvania, Southern Pacific, 44 other lines. Next day they would quit on the Chesapeake & Ohio, Chicago & North Western, the Gulf Coast lines, 40 others. By the...

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