LABOR: Power of Persuasion

John L. Lewis, whose life has been one long noisy scrap, reached his 70th birthday this week, bellowing and posturing through the toughest scrap of his life. He had been unable to wring concessions from a group of coal operators as stubborn and tough as he. Their quarrel threatened to bring the country's economy to its knees.

The Government ordered the railroads to cut services. Cities around the U.S. worried about heat & light. The steel industry had reason to fear a complete shutdown. With 370,000 miners out on strike, the nation was...

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