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I think it was about this time that there began to be the agitation for compliance. At this moment I can't say how many codes had been adopted by this time, but by the end of six or eight months it was perfectly obvious to me, and I think it was to others, that General Johnson and the NRA outfit generally were being overwhelmed by the multitude of codes being proposed enthusiastically by small industries, inconsequential industries, superficial industries that didn't have anything to do with the basic economic life of the country. In the general enthusiasm and response to the publicity all kinds of little industries had codes. I'll never forget reading the proposed code for the fish hook industry - literally. Can you imagine what a basic code the fish hook industry must have had? It was just ridiculous. I can remember reading this code, going over to Johnson and saying, “Really you mustn't go into this type of thing. You mustn't spend time, money, energy on a thing like this. It doesn't matter.”

He said, “Yes, but they want it. This is a part of

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