In the first letter, written August 13, 1934, Judge Speake describes the strike at a local company, where "strikers are walking around, armed with shot-guns, pistols and rifles." He asks the governor to send the militia to help local authorities...
In the message Lay supports Bankhead's stance against conscription. He suggests that an increase in pay for soldiers will encourage more men to volunteer for service: "Increase the pay for volunteers to serve in Europe to four or five times the...
Most of the letters are handwritten copies, which are often faded and difficult to read. Many report on the daily operations of the company. Other topics include supply, labor, and shipping problems; the price and quality of the coke; the output of...
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