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which were regularly attached to Scandinavian and Banish ships. It was at that time that I met him first and realized what a picturesque character he was.

He was one of these passionate, burning soals, who had dedicated his life to the seamen serving on ships on which he had served as a common seaman since boyhood - a truly dedicated personality. He probably had become alightly fanatic on account of this emotional dedication, but he was nevertheless as honest and straight as a die, had perfect clarity of vision, was not in any way the business man head of a business union - quite the contrary. He never accepted a salary from his union larger than the amount that a seaman could earn - the highest class of seaman. That was his salary and it was his salary to his dying day, and he lived on it. He never would accept any more than that. He wouldn't allow them to give him a luxury business salary. He had the greatest scorn for that he called the business head of a business union.

He truly represented his seamen. He was passionate in his defense of them. He had great ambitions for the seamen. He was vary class-conscious, although be always claimed that he was not a Socialist, and I think he probably wasn't. But he had a terrific class-consciousness. I suppose it came out of his life as a boy on ships, and





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