World: A Lovely, Lovely Strike

All Britain was braced for the expected shock. At Scotland Yard a special control center was set up to coordinate minute-by-minute reports from an armada of police cars. Squadrons of spotter planes stood fueled and ready for takeoff. Said Transport Minister Ernest Marples: "We kept going during the blitz, and we shall keep going now."

Cause of the crisis: a 24-hour rail strike, called in protest against a government modernization plan that will mean the elimination of twelve huge repair shops and 18,000 jobs. In London on the eve of the strike, thousands prepared...

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