LABOR: Scattered Cats

Western Union Telegraph Co. last week announced that it might have to fire 3,125 messenger boys. Luther Wallin, of Earle, Ark., prudently closed down his sawmills there and at Columbus, Miss. In low-wage Puerto Rico, employers planned to lay off 120,000 of the island's 420,000 workers, hiking the numbers of unemployed to 350,000. Thus did the nether ends of industry fit themselves last week to the second attempt of the New Deal to put "a floor for wages, a ceiling for hours." Into effect at 12:01 a.m., October 24, went the...

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