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days. I broke the ice and carried out what I meant to carry out - that is, to make an impression that I was reconciled, bore him no ill will and would have no resentment at whatever he had said or done. That made it easier for him to forget that he had ever said anything of the sort.

All those years went by after that with Mr. Green and me being the best of friends, and on the most amiable of terms. We never had a falling out about anything. On the evening when they gave me a large farewell dinner when I left the Department of Labor in 1945 Mr. Green was one of the people who spoke. I spoke too. That was the first time in all these years that either Mr. Green or I referred to his comment that he would never be reconciled. We did it in such a way that everybody had a very good laugh. It was all very nice. I couldn't resist the temptation to say it then, mentioning how little we knew what we would be reconciled to.

However, that first meeting broke the ice. I did notice that he was sufficiently embarrassed by what he had said so that he had not been to call on me, as about half the rest of the AF of L people had in the first two or three days. Immediately they started paying respects and he hadn't. So I knew that he hadn't forgotten his comment himself and thought, “I must go to him quickly.” After that

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