[D0327AAK], Letter from Pinkerton's National Detective Agency to Thomas Alva Edison, October 12th, 1903


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[D0327AAK], Letter from Pinkerton's National Detective Agency to Thomas Alva Edison, October 12th, 1903





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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University


Thomas A. Edison, Esq.,
Edison Laboratory, W. Orange, N.J.
Dear Sir:-
G.F. reports:-
West Orange, N.J., Thursday, Oct. 8th, 1903.
I arrived at the Edison Works at 6:45 A.M. and assigned G.W.C. to duty at the side gate. I remained at the main gate leading to the works. Shortly after I arrived, one of the delegates tried to stop one of the new men employed in the laboratory as a machinist. I went over to this new man who is very lame and walked over to the gate with him. He told me that the delegate had been very nice to him, but wanted to leave his work and join the strikers, but as he as been without work for three months before he was employed here, he said that all the strokes in the world could not get him away from here. The delegates did very little picket duty today, owing to the rain.
Nothing further of interest transpired during the day and we discontinued at 6:20 P.M.
G.W.C. reports:-
I arrived at the Edison works at 6:45 A.M., and was assigned to duty at the side gate on Lake Side Avenue. Shortly after, four delegates arrived. During the forenoon, they were around but little, owing to the rain. During the afternoon, several delegates were in the saloon opposite the works: occasionally, one of them would come to the door and look out
I was visited several times during the day by G.F.
Nothing of importance occurred during the day and at 6:20 P.M. we discontinued.
G.F. reports:-
Friday, Oct. 9th, 1903
I assigned G.W.C. to duty at 6:45 P.M. at the side gate.
Shortly after I arrived at the works, I noticed one delegate on duty in the vicinity. He remained in the gate house where I could see anyone who got off the cars. I did not see any of the delegates again until about 5:30 P.M. when I saw four standing on the corner of Lake Side Ave. and Valley Road, but they did not interfere with any of the men who came from the works.
I remained in the vicinity until all the men had left the works and after the delegates had left the vicinity, we discontinued for the day.
G.W.C. reports:-
I arrived at the works at 6:45 A.M. and was assigned to the same gate. as yesterday.
This being a rainy day, I remained in the gate house most of the time, where I could see up and down the street.
At about 9:00 A.M. three delegates came along and entered the salon opposite the works. I did not see them again until 5:00 P.M., when five delegates appeared and remained in the vicinity of the works until after 6:00 P.M. Nothing further of importance occurred.
At 6:20 P.M., the delegates having left the vicinity, we discontinued.
Yours truly,
Pinkerton's National Det. Agency,
by Robt A. Pinkerton
New York, 10/2/1903
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