Belgium: Peace of Exhaustion

After five weeks of violence and turmoil, most Belgians returned to work last week. In industrial Tournai, railroad workers gathered for one last rousing community sing of the Internationale and then docilely went back to their jobs. In the grimy Borinage mining district, the big wheels at the pit heads resumed hauling elevators to and from the pits.

Predictably excepted were the zealous followers of Labor Leader André Renard. After a harangue from Renard, 600 of his workers rioted through the streets of Liège. Renard's intransigence kept the big steel plants closed, but other Liège strikers deserted him. Streetcars...

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