A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 3, 1947

The peacetime spectacle of a great nation audibly, visibly, reportably in crisis is seldom presented to working journalists. The anatomy of its disaster is usually exposed to the world's view only through the hindsight of historians.

Such a spectacle was tragically exhibited last week to TIME'S London bureau, which took full journalistic advantage of it (witness the eleven columns of copy on Britain's coal crisis in last week's TIME). Early in the week London Bureau Chief John Osborne cabled TIME'S editors that he planned to devote the week's work of his entire staff to...

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