THE ADMINISTRATION: Lyon in the Senators' Den

When the White House nominated Utah Geologist Tom Lyon to be director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, trouble rumbled right behind the announcement. United Mine Workers Boss John L. Lewis opposed Lyon because he had no coal-mining experience, and 88% of U.S. miners are coal miners. But no one was prepared for the explosion that blew the nomination to bits last week.

Tom Lyon lit the fuse himself. A craggy-faced individualist, he sat down before the Senate Interior Committee determined to tell the unvarnished truth. He had worked for the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. and its subsidiaries for 34...

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