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doesn't have, or rarely has. But it may be, and I realize now that it might have been, that somebody who was interested in whether at any point during my visit at the St. Francis Hotel I would talk about Bridges, or talk to Bridges, or talk on the telephone to Bridges, or have Bridges come to the hotel to see me, might have planted the dictaphone. I realize that all of that might have been in the minds of those who put the dictaphone there.

I think it was on this visit, or it was on one visit not very far from the time of the settlement, when everything was in peace and order in San Francisco, that I had an interesting experience with one of our conciliators. We were trying to diversify the characteristics and the qualities of the conciliators working for the Department of Labor, and we were employing a considerable number of new ones. I was trying to get men who hadn't come right out of the labor movement to brigade with the labor movement men. I wanted some men who had had a good deal of education and had had an approach to labor problems that came through economics and social studies, and even one or two lawyers. They were extraordinarily helpful in assisting unions to draw up a proper contract, a contract that meant what it said and didn't have double meanings to the words used.

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