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“ [246] house and feed. To teach the Chinese how to make watches, is to rob our little ones of bread.”

Both sides seem firm. “ We have your covenants,” says Cornell. “Those covenants are broken,” shout the men on strike. Meetings are held. As all the craftsmen in the town are with the strikers, money is subscribed, and promises of support are given. Telegrams are sent to every watch factory in the United States, calling on the workmen to assist in beating down this effort of three or four great capitalists to hand over an artistic industry to Asiatics. One committee is appointed to see the various Trades Unions; a second is charged to make arrangements for carrying the whole seventy watchmakers back to Chicago. Yet Cornell, sustained by Ralston, and knowing that his workmen have no money, takes up very high ground.

“Repay your fares and go; like Piper, you can pack your duds and go.”

The workmen ask for an interview with Ralston, known to be the chief proprietor in the new company, if not the first suggestor of employing Chinese hands. Ralston consents to see them. An interview is held, of which a report is given in the daily

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