Human Nature, Portland Variety

The U.S. Maritime Commission had spent a lot of money to make sure that workers got cheap, comfortable transportation from downtown Portland, Ore. to three Kaiser shipyards. One million dollars was paid for two ferries which in gayer days had taken San Francisco vacationists across the Bay to the World Fair. Now, for 10¢, a worker could buy a round-trip ferry ticket to the Swan Island yards or the Oregon Shipbuilding Co. Twenty railroad cars were purchased from the Southern Pacific. These offered a round trip to the Vancouver yards for 25¢.

But the Kaiser workers would not use the...

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