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but it was newspaper pressure that brought that into the foreground and probably prolonged the strike outside of all reasonable limits. But it never was very serious and nobody ever did know what the cause of it was, what the demands were, what the refusals were, and what the complications were. It was always too complicated to have any real point.

The textile strike in the South, however, was clearly an organizing strike, but it was a very disagreeable and difficult type of organization strike. By this time old Thomas McMahon, who had been the head of the Textile Workers, had been pushed aside and had taken a back seat in the union. A young man by the name of Francis Gorman, who was a secretary or something, had more or less supplanted him. Gorman was a very unstable personality, a great pusher, big talker, and quite unreliable. He was one of these people who would disappear for several days at a time and therefore could not be reached when there was something to reach him about. William Green explained this to me at one time because it was so irritating not to be able to reach him when there was a crisis.

At any rate, Gorman took up with some people, names unknown, actual reality of their interest unknown, who wanted to organize the southern textile workers. There

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