The Fall & Rise of Mackenzie King, 1911-1919

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CHAPTER 7
Mackenzie King's First Visit to Colorado

The Walsh commission had been doing its best to incite public feeling against the Rockefellers, to fix blame on them alone, and to discredit as hypocritical the proposals of the Rockefeller Foundation to sponsor a study designed to allay industrial unrest throughout the country. Long before the commission had started its campaign, indeed at the first meeting he had had with the Rockefeller group in June, King had seen clearly that Rockefeller and the foundation, because of their substantial holdings in Colorado, would have to take prompt and bold measures to set their own house in order. His first impulse then had been to get out to Colorado himself. He had made the suggestion at that meeting and had followed it up on his return to Ottawa with a letter to Jerome Greene. His idea had been that a conciliator be sent to Colorado: 'It would be agreeable if the person chosen were in no way connected with American industry or labor unions, and one known to have experience. . . . A selection of a man outside the country in this way might command the respect and confidence of all parties.'

That proposal had fallen through. In the meantime, on August 6, Mackenzie King had written Rockefeller a long letter suggesting

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