LABOR: Fighter's Retreat

Over the telephone, the editor of the bimonthly United Mine Workers Journal heard the unmistakable rumbling voice of U.M.W. President John Llewellyn Lewis: "When are you going to lock up the page forms of the next edition?" The editor said the following Monday. Replied John L.: "Well, I may have something for you. I'll let you know." Hours before presstime last week, John L. Lewis sent over a letter that gave the Journal—and most U.S. newspapers—a headline: JOHN L. LEWIS RESIGNS.

"At first," Lewis wrote the U.M.W. membership with the familiar flourish, "your wages were low, your hours long, your...

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