THE NATION: Cease Forthwith

Just to prove that he was doing what he was told, John Lewis issued a second order to his miners: "Cease forthwith all stoppages and return to work without delay."

The order, and a report that blamed the operators' "obstructive tactics" for the long stalemate in negotiations, went out to United Mine Workers locals. But early this week thousands of Lewis' miners were still disregarding his instructions. The nation's coal mines were still closed.

Whether John Lewis actually meant his miners to go back, only Lewis could say, and the cat had his tongue. But of the facts of...

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