National Affairs: Fog in Bentleyville

It was a queer day for the tidy, twisty mining town of Bentleyville, Pa. (pop. 4,000). Over the deserted tipple of the nearby Hillman Coal & Coke Co. the Stars & Stripes dropped wanly. Bentleyville's miners, already in their second day of idleness (they had walked out early), were underfoot everywhere, painting and patching their boxlike houses on the still-green hills, playing catch in the streets, window-shopping, lounging in front of the Methodist Church. On sunny Main Street, Bentleyville's housewives hustled through their marketing with a troubled air. Unless Mr. Lewis won or called off the strike in a hurry, Christmas...

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