WITH New York and the entry ports of New England, to which it is tied by rail as a base, and with Canada sending reinforcements over the border, the immigrants of the decade 1880 to 1890 swiftly distributed themselves through the coastline cities and towns. In ten years after the industrial labor movement of 1880 started, these latter-day adventurers had not only occupied the lowlands of their new home, but had ventured further toward the mountains of the interior than the line reached by the Puritan in one hundred and fifty years.
A military advance or the push forward of the pioneer meets with resistance. These newcomers were helped, not hindered in their efforts to reach their objective. Municipalities and mill owners wanted their labor, and promptly met every difficulty that threatened discouragement. Reinforcements summoned by letters, frequently inspired, reached them from Europe, and put them unwitting as they were, in a position to consolidate