U.S. At War: Biddle's Battle

Outwardly, the great Chicago plant of Montgomery Ward & Co. seemed to operate as if nothing had happened. The long rows of bundles poured out into trucks; long rows of typists filled out the endless ills & orders. Company executives, except those at the very top, sat in their offices supervising work, initialing memos.

Then, suddenly, it became evident that G-men were patrolling the plant. Posters appeared on bulletin boards forbidding the firing of any employes without Government sanction. A sub-executive tore one of them off, was instantly handcuffed, hustled off to jail...

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