By John Beecher
Xvii, 290 pp. Index of titles, index of first strains.
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We worked a while in peas best way we could. Altogether Singing 31 Fifteen hundred people just in one field. They wanted to pick peas so bad they'd fight over a row. A hamper was the most I ever picked. No one could live on that. We went to Beaumont for the cherries. Then we went up north to Thornton, worked in hay a little, apricots in San Jose, and back again to Thornton for tomatoes. The Filipinos and Japanese got all the good tomatoes which I guess they knew how better than the average. Visalia was the next place.
Next farm we rented over by Slick, but they struck oil on it and put us off. Good river bottom land I farmed on next, belonging to a banker. I cleaned it up and then we moved to Kansas. My wife's folks lived there. Some wheat growers come in and fenced the open range. We sold our stock and moved on back to Oklahoma, figuring we might do better in country that we knew. We found a place close to Muskogee and made a bumper crop, the best there was in all that neighborhood, then moved again to Tahlequah and stayed two years.
Now this big company like all the other big companies in Hoover's day kept cutting wages. Finally Like Judas, Wasn't It? the Illinois miners decided to put a stop to it. They wouldn't sign the contract with Insull's company cutting wages again. They said no. They said they'd starve first. But you, John Lewis, you told them they had to sign, they had to take the wage cuts. I guess you must have agreed with Wendell. " Your miners thought then and they told me Sam Insull had an "in" to you, John Lewis.