National Affairs: Deadlock

Since the middle of April, 63 striking gravediggers of the United Mine Workers' catch-all District 50 had stopped all burials at Cleveland's nonsectarian Lakeview Cemetery (where President James Garfield lies beneath a towering monument). Holding out for a 10¢-an-hour pay raise, pickets prevented delivery of tombstones and a Memorial Day flagpole, chased off two gardeners working on a private plot. Stacked on two-by-fours in the Lakeview chapel, jammed into two crypts and the hallway were 103 coffins, awaiting interment. This week the American Legion took its hat in hand and went around to...

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