The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike

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CHAPTER XV
CONCLUSION

STIRRING events like those which grew out of the strike on the M. & N. A. always leave a trail of bitterness and suspicion. In spite of the fact that most of the strikers were driven out of the country and that the citizens' movement had the support of most of the best citizens, there was a minority element in opposition. After the settlement of the strike there was some gossip that a large sum was paid by the unions in settlement and that county officials had appropriated it. The rumor was without foundation, but is an example of how far some people will go in their efforts to discredit others.

Various opinions concerning the strike and the episodes incident to it are now held by the inhabitants of the counties along the M. & N. A. There are a few substantial people who condemn equally the actions of strikers and citizens; there are others who side with the strikers and bitterly denounce the citizens. The majority, however, still justify the citizens' movement as a last resort after everything else had failed, although they do not give their unqualified approval to everything that was done. No one, for example, defends the hanging of Gregor. The whippings, too, are generally regarded as unfortunate occurrences, even though the ones who were whipped may have richly deserved their punishment. Finally there are those who uphold the general purpose of the uprising but feel that the citizens went too far in effecting this purpose.

The strikers have always claimed that the citizens' move-

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