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and I think even sat in on the Reconstruction Commission to represent labor. While not awfully young, he looked young. He looked a great deal younger than some of the other labor leaders, like Tim Healy and John Sullivan, did.

Edwards was very good. He didn't know much about the law, but he was very amenable. He would find out what was doing. He had very good reasoning powers, I remember. When it came to a workmen's compensation case, he could reason it out. When it came to questions of adopting various industrial codes that would cover certain industries, he was very practical. He understood the reasons for the guarding of machinery, for the exhaust of gases and fumes and things of that sort. While he hadn't been familiar with any factories, except such as were covered by the printing trades, he soon got the idea and was very intelligent and very willing to vote for practical and safe methods of operation. It was a great pleasure to work with him.

He was much more of a working companion than Curran ever had been, who never understood one thing about anything. If I told Curran how I wanted him to vote, he would nearly always vote that way. I used to be ashamed. I used to say to my secretary, “It's like taking money from a baby. I go in and tell Mr. Curran how he ought to vote on this case, this code, or this application for a variation, and I just

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