LABOR: Reprieve

Federal Mediator Cyrus S. Ching, who hates to leave a nut uncracked, gave up on a tough one last week. He handed the coal mine dispute to the President and waited for something to happen. Nothing did.

Harry Truman, as he explained to reporters, felt that the time had not yet come to toss a Taft-Hartley injunction at the 480,000 United Mine Workers. John Lewis, it was true, had merely suspended his coal strike and was threatening to start it again Dec. 1. But there was no national emergency yet, at least as the President saw it. If one materialized, the...

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