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later. So they have this meeting all day and in the night, and they're discussing with the hospitals the settlement of the strike, which we know is going to be. Finally, Hank Paley calls from time to time from there. He's our man there. He's representing Carlino. He calls. Davis is out of jail now, but Davis has hanging over him another six months jail sentence.


I thought it was sixty days.


No, he had been thirty days, adn now it's a six month threat. It's a Jewish name; I forget the name of the judge. Oh, Judge Friedman.

So Paley calls me at our headquarters and he says, “Moe, we got it. It's all set, exactly what we want.” Davis had told me before to ask him about the back pay.

So I said, “Hank, one minute. Hank, what about the back pay for the strikers?”

He says, “What back pay?”

“You know, the strikers. They have to get back pay.”

He says, “You jerk, what are you talking about? Back pay? There ain't no such thing as back-pay.”

I said, “Hank, you were in the labor movement.” He came out of the labor movement. “You would settle a strike without back pay?”

He says, “You jerk.” And he hangs up on me. Okay.

Then an hour later, Murray Kempton calls me. He's covering over there. He says, “What's happening? There's nothing happening here.”

I said, “Murray, come on over here.”

“Oh yeah, we'll come, we'll talk, and sit around.” So Murray comes over, and in walks Van Arsdale.

Van Arsdale comes in, says hello to everybody, and he asked that he only wants to speak with a couple of us. He wants to speak with Davis, me, Bill Taylor, and Elliott. The door is closed, and the first thing he does, he gets on the phone and he calls the judge in our presence, and he says to him, “Judge, this is Harry Van Arsdale. I'm calling, and I've just left the governor's office. I'm going back there. You know we're working to try to settle this strike. I assume that if

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