LABOR: John Lewis Fights a Strike

Thick-chested Oscar Servaczgo, striking Wilkes-Barre anthracite coal miner, sat in his kitchen talking to Philadelphia Record Reporter Johnston D. Kerkhoft. Suddenly a telephone call brought him stunning news. One of his two Navy sons had been killed in the Pacific. Servaczgo burst out: "I ain't a traitor, damn 'em, I ain't a traitor. I'll stay out until hell freezes over. . . .

Dickie was fighting for one thing. I'm fighting for another. And they ain't so far apart."

The people of the U.S. shivered and wondered. Some of them were indeed using...

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