National Affairs: Charlie's Sin

When milkwagon drivers refused to cross their fellow workers' picket line at a Detroit dairy, one sorrel horse grew tired of waiting and set off alone.

Ignoring the pickets, habit-bound Charlie plodded off with his milk-laden wagon on the complicated route he had traveled for 15 years. Early risers saw him turn the right corners, stop at the right houses, wait a few moments at each before moving on.

Charlie covered the five-mile maze without missing a customer. At last police picked him up near route's end at 10:30 a.m., happily unaware that he...

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