OPINION: Contemptible Insult

Browsing through the Washington Times-Herald one day last week, fierce old John L. Lewis came across an editorial denouncing union pension funds, with some rather unflattering references to himself. With eyebrows twitching wrathfully. Lewis wrote a letter to the Times-Herald's editor and publisher, fierce old Colonel Robert R. McCormick, who also controls the Chicago Tribune.

"To refer to the undersigned or any other labor executive as a union boss," wrote Union Boss Lewis, "is a sneer. In logic, it would be equally sound to refer to a public official as the boss of the citizens ... To refer to the public...

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