LABOR: Strangers Keep Out

With the air of a Borgia guest spurning a poisoned chop, John L. Lewis rejected President Truman's proposal for a yo-day truce and a three-man fact-finding board to settle the eight-month-old coal dispute. Wrote Lewis: "The mineworkers do not wish three strangers, however well-intentioned, but necessarily ill-informed, to fix their Wages, decree their working conditions, define their living standards and limit the educational opportunities of their children."

That left Harry Truman no alternative. This week, with 372,200 now on strike, he invoked the machinery of the Taft-Hartley Act, a law which Harry Truman sometimes finds useful but also useful to...

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