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Carl Sandburg - The Mayor of Gary

I ASKED the Mayor of Gary about the 12-hour day and the 7-day week.
And the Mayor of Gary answered more workmen steal time on the job in Gary than any other place in the United States.
“Go into the plants and you will see men sitting around doing nothing—machinery does everything,” said the
Mayor of Gary when I asked him about the 12-hour day and the 7-day week.
And he wore cool cream pants, the Mayor of Gary, and white shoes, and a barber had fixed him up with a shampoo and a shave
and he was easy and imperturbable though the government weather bureau thermometer said 96 and children were soaking their
heads at bubbling fountains on the street corners.
And I said good-by to the Mayor of Gary and I went out from the city hall and turned the corner into Broadway.
And I saw workmen wearing leather shoes scruffed with fire and cinders, and pitted with little holes from running molten
steel,
And some had bunches of specialized muscles around their shoulder blades hard as pig iron, muscles of their fore-arms were
sheet steel and they looked to me like men who had been somewhere.Gary, Indiana, 1915.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 7. The Mayor of Gary
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- II. People Who Must
Year: Published/Written in 1922
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