National Affairs: Foul Wind from Chicago

The hearing room in Washington reeked with the ugly smell of shakedown, of labor hoodlums sweating behind the Fifth Amendment, of sordid fear, as testimony on the Chicago restaurant protection racket went into its second week. To the members of the Senate's labor-management investigating committee, it was quite clear that they had caught the scent of one of the dirtier trails in labor history.

From the refusal of a dozen-odd union officials, i.e., hoodlums, to testify, from bits and pieces of testimony from frightened victims, from facts pieced together by committee investigators, a solid...

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