National Affairs: In the Pits

The Government was trying hard last week to dispel the impression that it liked the job of bossing U.S. soft-coal mines. Big, bluff Admiral Ben Moreell, coalmines administrator, was doing all he could to speed the return of the mines to their corporate owners. He begged labor and management to discuss again their chances for reconciliation; he set up a Supreme Court test case on the biggest issue in conflict, the unionization of foremen—which U.M.W. wants and the companies hate.

None of these stabs spurred either worker or owner. Government operation had been creeping up on them for a long time. It...

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