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I cite this story because, in the first place, it was an interesting juxtaposition of personalities in Mr. Swope and the hosiery employer; second, because it shows the skill of a really competent manufacturer when he starts in on the mediation business; and third, because it was the first time that anybody had even thought of taking a vote. It was out of that episode that there originated in Senator Wegner's mind, as well as in the minds of the other members of the labor board, the concept of taking a vote as to whether the workers desired to be represented by the union or not. That, of course, was what made it possible later for the Senator to put that requirement, or that concept, into the National Labor Relations Act, Which Rifkind was even then working on in a preliminary, tentative draft for study and circulation.

Walter Teagle, who was a member of the Board, also had a very successful career as a mediator and was willing to put in terrific hard work. I was astonished at the amount of real work he was willing to do. He, by this time, was President of the Standard Oil of New York. He had been their foreign representative for years before he became President. He was accustomed to hard work, but he was one of the most successful men in the whole Standard Oil and one of the most respected.

I don't know whether these men were Republicans or

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