CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Bat'a

Book suppressed, author fined! Such was the verdict of the courts, last week, in the case of a Laborite scrivener who had dared to attack the omnipotent Shoe Tycoon of Czechoslovakia, THOMAS BAT'A.*

The scrivener, one Herr Rudolph Philipp, had called his savage book, Der Unbekannte Diktator.†

With bitter pen he wrote: "Thomas Bat'a is the Henry Ford of Shoes. . . . But Ford, in comparison with Bat'a, is a model of uprightness and humanity. . . . Zlin, the Bat'a Shoe City, is a second Detroit, but a Detroit with low...

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