National Affairs: Blenheim for John L. Lewis

"But what good came of it at last?", Quoth little Peterkin.

"Why, that I cannot tell," said he; "But 'twas a famous victory."

—Robert Southey

John L. Lewis won a famous victory last week when the Southern coal operators agreed to wipe out the 40¢-a-day differential between day wages in the northern and southern Appalachian coal fields. It was a famous victory because John L. Lewis, backed up by the National Defense Mediation Board, got a concession which the Southern operators had stubbornly fought three months to deny him. But his victory did not mean quite what appeared on the surface.

Actually the Southern mines...