LABOR: A Solemn Day

Barging into Charleston, W.Va. for his first big speech on behalf of Adlai Stevenson, the coal miners' John L. Lewis faced an unexpected and thoroughly embarrassing predicament. From Washington had just come news that the Wage Stabilization Board had cut the $1.90 daily-wage increase agreed upon by the mine operators and the United Mine Workers' soft coal diggers. WSB's ruling: $1.50.

It was a most unkind cut; the grey-maned U.M.W. boss apparently guessed it would not happen, especially after he aligned himself solidly with the Democrats. Besides, he might have had in mind the Truman Administration's...

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