National Affairs: Peace by Exhaustion

For three months, an insurgent strike led by Seaman Joseph Curran tried ineffectually to tie up Atlantic and Gulf ports. Last week the strikers, weary of futile picketing and fighting, voted on peace. Only in four of 14 ports was a majority for carrying on. Chief gain that Seaman Curran could claim in surrender was that "East Coast shipowners have been kept so busy they have not tried to break up the West Coast strike."

Three months old also, and far from ineffectual, was the Pacific Coast strike —with 240 ships and 40,000 men...

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