National Affairs: Words without Music

Westbrook Pegler found a friend. The name was Petrillo—James Caesar Petrillo, boss of U.S. musicians. Last week Hearst readers rubbed their eyes as Peg, the usually caustic carp of organized labor, was caught cheering a strike.

Petrillo's A.F.L. musicians, turned down after asking 25% more pay, had walked off the bandstands of over 50 New York hotels (including the Waldorf-Astoria, St. Moritz, Savoy-Plaza). Cried Pegler: ''I hope the hotels and the musicians' union never come permanently to terms."

Pegler, it seems, has a scunner against the modern hotel: it is no longer a home away from home. In Pegler's eyes, it is "a...

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