THE NATION: The People v. John L.

Eight times in the past five years, the Great Gargoyle of U.S. labor had flashed the walkout signal and his 400,000 soft coal miners had obeyed. Eight times, fighting the companies, the Government or public wrath, John L. Lewis had won most of his demands.

That was part of the background this week as the nation watched the Government grapple again with John Lewis. The rest of the background lay in the volcanic nature of Old John. At an age when he should have retired to pipe & slippers, Boss Lewis was playing...

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