1 Even the packers were in awe of him, so the men said.
2 The packers had secret mains, through which they stole billions of gallons of the city's water.
3 He did not make so much, however, as he had the previous summer, for the packers took on more hands.
4 The packers might own the land, but he claimed the landscape, and there was no one to say nay to this.
5 The banks of "Bubbly Creek" are plastered thick with hairs, and this also the packers gather and clean.
6 But Ponas Jokubas whispered maliciously that the visitors did not see any more than the packers wanted them to.
7 Who there was poorer and more miserable than the Slovaks, Grandmother Majauszkiene had no idea, but the packers would find them, never fear.
8 The big packers did not turn their hands off and close down, like the canning factories; but they began to run for shorter and shorter hours.
9 That blizzard knocked many a man out, for the crowd outside begging for work was never greater, and the packers would not wait long for any one.
10 By and by they would have their revenge, though, for the thing was getting beyond human endurance, and the people would rise and murder the packers.
11 Marija was working for one of the independent packers, and was quite beside herself and outrageous with triumph over the sums of money she was making as a painter of cans.
12 The packers used to leave the creek that way, till every now and then the surface would catch on fire and burn furiously, and the fire department would have to come and put it out.
13 The packers, of course, had spies in all the unions, and in addition they made a practice of buying up a certain number of the union officials, as many as they thought they needed.
14 Once, however, an ingenious stranger came and started to gather this filth in scows, to make lard out of; then the packers took the cue, and got out an injunction to stop him, and afterward gathered it themselves.
15 The packers had wanted a bridge at Ashland Avenue, but they had not been able to get it till they had seen Scully; and it was the same with "Bubbly Creek," which the city had threatened to make the packers cover over, till Scully had come to their aid.
16 Very often a man could get no work in Packingtown for months, while a child could go and get a place easily; there was always some new machine, by which the packers could get as much work out of a child as they had been able to get out of a man, and for a third of the pay.
17 The people of Chicago saw the government inspectors in Packingtown, and they all took that to mean that they were protected from diseased meat; they did not understand that these hundred and sixty-three inspectors had been appointed at the request of the packers, and that they were paid by the United States government to certify that all the diseased meat was kept in the state.
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