"The Agony Is Over"
The coal miners' hope for a political solution to their economic battle was destroyed by the results of the election. That Kolb could have brought immediate relief seems doubtful. He would not have been inaugurated until December, but his election would have created an atmosphere of optimism for the miners. Once in office he undoubtedly would have pressed for legislation favorable to the miners.
Through four long months the strikers had maintained their cause. Now, in August, only the most dedicated or belligerent had heart to continue the battle. The vote had proved as ineffectual as economic pressure in bringing victory for labor. In the degrees and shadings of defeat there were gains that could be preserved, advances that could be maintained. Miner solidarity throughout the travail of settlement could save the union as a viable force for the future.
A week before the election there were already signs of