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Author Name:Robinson, Sir Harry Perry
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1895 Excerpt: ...in the saloons his name now occurred nearly as often as that of Mr.
Holt himself, or those of General Manager Darron and Superintendent Boon.
It has already been seen that he was not liked by the labor organizations before the trouble began.
Being the only officer connected with both companies, with the exception of Mr.
Holt, he was known to the employes of both.
In the very first hour of the strike, as has been told, he provoked the hostility of the men by taking the place of the deserting conductor.
Later, under similar circumstances, he had made almost an entire round trip, handling a car as its engineer.
In each case it was accident that brought him on the scene at the moment when his services were needed; but the two instances together served to give him in the eyes of the strikers the appearance of peculiar activity in behalf of the company.
Then as his duties kept him largely confined to the main power-house and central barns, he was formally intrusted by the company with the task of protecting these buildings, a dozen extra men being put under his authority for the purpose.
It was an exasperating office, for the strikers resorted to all manner of devices for his petty annoyance, and constant watchfulness was necessary to guard the property against minor injuries.
His men, too, were continually in small broils and scuffles with individual strikers; and his name (he was sneeringly spoken of as "Captain Harrington ") came to be well known to newspaper readers.
One day as he was walking through the barns, going in and out between the idle cars, he came suddenly face to face with Craft, whose name has already been mentioned as among the speakers at the meetings in the Labor Temple, and who was an officer of the local organization of the street-...
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