PROGRESS OF THE STRIKE TO THE CLOSING DOWN OF THE ROAD
As a result of the strike of the shopmen on February 1, the road was severely inconvenienced in the matter of keeping equipment in good running order. Following the strike of the rest of the employees on February 26, operations were practically suspended for a few days. Some trains were operated with the aid of office forces. Within a few days the road was able to secure strike-breakers, and partial service was restored. There were some accidents which the strikers charged were due to the inefficiency of the "scabs". The service seems to have been unsatisfactory.
The sentiment of the people at the beginning of the strike was pretty generally favorable to the strikers. They had the usual hostile attitude toward a railroad corporation; while they felt that the strikers were largely "home boys", reared in the community. The workers seemed to be suffering along with the people from the financial difficulties of the road. The only strike the people had known before was the shopmen's strike of 1918, which had lasted only a short time. It was supposed that this strike would also be adjusted in a few days and operations would go on as usual. For a time it was difficult to find quarters in Harrison for the new employees, and some of them were housed at the shops, while others were sent to Leslie and taken in by the people.
The developments of the next few months to a large degree alienated the sympathy of the people. The lack of acquaintance on the part of the citizens with strike methods, the excesses of some of the strikers, the hardship growing out of the interference with the operation of the only means