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but there isn't any place for anyone else to come in. The employers are alarmed. They get rattled and then for once the workers get the upper hand.”

I said to him, “But how did they happen to do it? Where did they get the idea?”

“Oh well,” he said, “you had a strike in your country where they did that.”

I'd wondered if he'd heard about it, and I didn't say anything.

He said, “I forget the name of the place - a very strange name.” He speaks no English, and never has to this day.

I said, “Would it be Akron?”

He said, “Rubber?”

I said, “Yes.”

He said, “About a year ago was it?”

I said, “Yes.”

He said, “Well, they've talked about it ever since.”

In other words, the fact had crept over into trade union and other circles. It was regarded as a very smart idea, very bright. These weak, unorganized, incompetent, inadequate people had recognized at once the superior advantage it gave them to be sitting right there. Well, of course, if they hadn't had the

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