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more stubborn they would become. They would call for
a decision. His idea was, and it was my idea too,
that the impartial chairman should take as few decisions as
possible, but persuade them to agree on something or
other, which is always the best decision. He got very
worn out with it. Eventually he resigned.
It was at that time that I appointed Wayne Morse,
who was the Doan of the Law School of the State University
of Oregon at Corvallis, Oregon. He had been acting as
an aide to Judge Sloss because the territory was so great
and because there were disputes in the northern parts,
as well as in the mid-California ports. Judge Sloss
had asked for an assistant to cover the northern ports.
Wayne Morse had been acting in that respect.
The only acquaintence I had with Wayne Morse was
such as I accuired by telephone conversation with him.
It's remarkable what you can do by telephone when you
have to in this great country of ours. I had heard about
him. He seemed to be a good person. I called him up
by telephone and asked him if he would take the job.
We talked for an hour or so about all the pros and sons.
I remember that he laid the law down to me. “If I
take this post,” he said, “I want it clearly understood
that I am boss. If at any point start not to do
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