National Affairs: The Embarrassment of Riches

It had been as nice a part-time job as a man could imagine. The hours were easy and the pay was fat—$35,000 a year. But after word of the luscious salaries got out, Ezra Van Horn and Senator Styles Bridges of New Hampshire found less enjoyment in their pay and duties as trustees of the United Mine Workers' Welfare and Retirement Fund (TIME, Aug. 15).

With an air of pained surprise, northern and western soft-coal operators fired crusty, aging Ezra Van Horn, an executive of the Ohio Coal Association, from his six-year-old job as the operators' chief labor negotiator. They also tied...

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