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if they can't.” He thought it was wonderful. He hadn't
realized how he could multiply himself and spread himself
all over the country by just a little procedure.
I got good ideas from him. Sometimes we'd have to
bring a stubborn strike of some sort into Washington. The
little prestige of asking the parties involved to come to
Washington would help them. He was very good on those things.
I'd have him in on this. He'd say,” I think, Madam Secretary,
we'd better have a little subcommittee. If you'll appoint
'So-and-So and ‘So-and-So’, they can come in my office and
we can kind of get together in there at a kind of low level
before you try to deal with the heads.” He was very smart
about getting the ideas implanted further down so that the
recommendation to the head of the union would be made by
one of his own subordinates. Kerwin would take this
subordinate into his office and very quietly and peacefully
give him an idea. It was the same way with the employers'
He was really an admirable person in that way. He
was not a good operator, because he didn't know anything
about operation. But we were able to supplement that.
I was able to give him a very good clerk out of the business
office of the Department. I put in one very good clerk and
then gave him a couple others - a very good secretary,
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