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enrolled Democrat. He lived out in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon or one of those places - the near-in suburban area in Westchester County. I don't remember whether he was an enrolled Democrat out there or whether he was an enrolled Democrat in Scranton, Pennsylvania. But he called himself a Democrat and was so regarded.

When I came into the Industrial Commission I knew that he felt very aggrieved because I had personally attacked the members of the Industrial Commission, of which he was Chairman, for misfeasance, or non-feasance in office - that is, for not doing their duty, or not having organized their inspection services and their standards of how to conduct a factory in such a way as to prevent the very accidents and hazards from which they had suffered. The accident rate was not going down. He was very aggrieved that I had done that and then that the Governor had made me a member of the Commission.

However, I went in to see him, talked to him personally, and made myself as agreeable as possible, letting him know I had no desire to make life uncomfortable for him; that I hadn't come there to be an obstructionist but to be cooperative if I could. He began to warm up to me. I did go out of my way constantly to make him feel sure that I was well disposed to him and that I would not play against him. Whenever I had an idea I went to him with it first before I sprang it in the Commission meeting. He finally got to the point where he would come down to see me before a meeting and would tell me what he thought about this, that, and the other, informing me of the point of view of other members of the Commission. We were on extremely good terms in that way.

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