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doubtlessly had breakfast sent up. It got to be nine o'clock and I was sure their offices were open by that time. It got to be half past nine. It got to be ten.

Miss Jay came in sometime between nine and ten and asked if they had called. I said they hadn't “Well, what are you going to do?” said she.

I said, “I don't know. What do you think I'd better do?”

“Well, let's wait a while and give them a chance.” So we waited until ten. When it got to be half past ten and no one had telephoned, I said to Miss Jay, “Well, we might as well go right at it hammer and tongs ourselves. Apparently nobody is going to show us any courtesy or open any doors. I am the Secretary of Labor and I have not only a right but a duty to take possession of the premises. But let's be more polite than they are and telephone.”

So I telephoned from the Hotel Willard to Mr. Doak's office. I got, as you naturally would expect to get, somebody in his outer office. He had three or four men there. I never did quite learn what their titles were or what they did, but there were three or four big, strong, husky “black Republicans” there. They looked like black Republicans to me. They looked awfully political and the “cigar in the corner of the mouth” type, well-fed, quite a lot on the

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