Foreign News: Laugh

"James Morton has the laugh on Lady Astor," said A. J. ("Emperor") Cook, Secretary of the British Coal Miners' Federation, returning last week to London from a triumphant visit to Moscow (TIME, Dec. 20).

"James Morton," continued "Emperor" Cook to newsgatherers, "asked me to pay his respects to Lady Astor who so kindly paid his passage to Russia.* As a skilled worker, Morton is getting $20 a week — $2.50 more than his last wage in England. He says he can save $5 a week, whereas he never quite earned enough to make ends meet at home.

"Mrs. Morton has two rooms and...

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