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the general atmosphere. We urge everybody to have a code. We urge every workingman to be sure that he's working under a code. Now these little industries come in and want to get their codes. They've got a good code and want to know why we can't approve it and go ahead.”

Of course it took an awful lot of time and energy and in the meantime some of the basic codes like coal were not being adopted and pressed. Also with the multiplication of these codes in small industries - industries which in their nature didn't employ very many people and were not a very basic capital element in the investments of the country - you got a problem of compliance because they were made up of a lot of small factories. Factories didn't comply, even though they had promised that they would. It was about six or eight months before there began to be serious agitation about a compliance authority.

The textile code was the first adopted and the pattern of the public hearings on that became important. One of the things that I had to insist upon with Johnson was that there be a public hearing on the code, on any code. We would not proceed under a secret declaration. He finally agreed to it unwillingly, but after the first one in the textile industry he became enamored of it and realized what an enormous publicity value it had.

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