Foreign News: Power Through Shortage

In the lowering fog that shrouded the cliffs of Dover one morning last week, an unseen foghorn moaned. As if summoned by the echoes, 178 sallow-faced workmen, each carrying a brown paper parcel or a battered cardboard suitcase, trudged along the quay of Dover Marine Station and straggled up the gangplank of a trim Belgian steamer, the S.S. Koenig Albert. The men were Italian miners, recruited to dig coal in fuel-hungry Britain; they were being sent away because British miners refused to work with foreigners (TIME, May 26). Most will find jobs in Belgian pits.

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