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Jersey City's Mayor Hague: Last of the Bosses, Not First Of The Dictators
Amid cries of "Communist" and "Fascist" he and the C.I.O are fighting it out

By Jack Alexander

Originally appeared in Life on February 7, 1938
Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White
Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2004

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Factory girls at a Jersey City cosmetics plant listen to a policeman during fire drill. Inside the factory a rigid watch is kept to prevent the girls from getting together to talk, possibly, about unionism. There are matrons in guard even in the cafeteria and the rest room.

Pictured is a Jersey City policeman fulfilling one of his force's prime functions, which is to keep a sharp eye on Jersey City workers. When Mayor Hague persuades a manufacturer to move his plant to Jersey City by promising freedom from labor trouble, he does his utmost to keep that promise. If a union worker so much as stops outside his factory after work to wait for friends, a policeman may walk up and question him.

By Jersey City ordinance, any stranger who cannot "give a good account of himself" may be arrested forthwith. After 9 p. m. anyone may be stopped and searched by a pohceman without cause or warrant. Laws and police keep Jersey City free of crime, make its streets safe for women and children at night. But they are also powerful weapons against anyone who tries to stir up labor trouble or any other kind of trouble for the Hague machine.

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