LABOR: April Thaw

The soft-coal dispute, frozen by John Lewis' gruesome "memorial" strike, melted this week like an April thaw. Lewis' miners, losing millions of dollars in wages and gaining not a thing, had been drifting back. Secretary of the Interior Julius ("Cap") Krug had thrown responsibility for mine safety right back at Lewis himself. Then Lewis' old nemesis, Justice T. Alan Goldsborough, melted the last block of ice.

The judge ruminatively decided that Lewis' union might still have to pay the whole $3,500,000 contempt fine, which Goldsborough had slapped on last December, if Lewis did not behave himself and show that he...

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