In the paneled palace where John Lewis has his Washington headquarters, the heads of 43 C. I. O. unions assembled last week to appraise their past, plan their future.

One of the first to arrive for the first meeting of the recently established C. I. O. executive board was President Lewis himself, looking hot and tired in summer whites. "Hi, Jim, how are you, boy?" he greeted boyish, diffident James Barton Carey, secretary of C. I. 0. and president of its electrical union. Vice President Philip Murray was gravely on his dignity,...

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