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FORCING THE ISSUE

locked gates and the notice, "Closed. These mills will run hereafter non-union. Employees may sign at the company's offices on that basis. Until a sufficient operating force is secured, the works will remain closed."

After the first stupefaction created by this placard, most of the men turned away laughing, rejoicing in an unexpected holiday.

This was the twenty-third of September.