John L. v. the Strong Boy

Peace proposals have raised rows before, but this one took the cake. It was not so much the proposal itself as the man who made it: proud, devious, embittered John L. Lewis.

There was assuredly much sweetness in Mr. Lewis' proposal—that A.F. of L. and C.I.O. reunite, kiss and be friends—but there was a notable lack of light. Skeptical searchers soon claimed that they had flashed some light into a dark corner of the plan: an understanding between Lewis and the boss of the A.F. of L.'s carpenters, Big Bill Hutcheson, who is just as hardboiled,...

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