1 In other words, in the union Jurgis learned to talk politics.
2 Yes," responded the other, "but not right away; a man can't change his politics every day.
3 He was introduced by his friend to an Irishman named "Buck" Halloran, who was a political "worker" and on the inside of things.
4 So Jurgis went out to the stockyards again, and was introduced to the political lord of the district, the boss of Chicago's mayor.
5 When, however, she had satisfied herself that he was sane upon all subjects except politics, she troubled herself no further about it.
6 Grandmother Majauszkiene knew that because her son belonged to a political organization with a contractor who put up exactly such houses.
7 Jurgis had long ago cast off his fertilizer clothing, and since going into politics he had donned a linen collar and a greasy red necktie.
8 Just now Jurgis would have plenty of chance to vent his excitement, for a presidential campaign was on, and everybody was talking politics.
9 Lucas waited until the company had stopped laughing over this; then he began again: "But look at it from the point of view of practical politics, comrade."
10 It was worth a fortune to the packers to keep their blacklist effective, as a warning to the men and a means of keeping down union agitation and political discontent.
11 The officials who ruled it, and got all the graft, had to be elected first; and so there were two rival sets of grafters, known as political parties, and the one got the office which bought the most votes.
12 The saloon-keeper stood in with all the big politics men in the district; and when you had once found out what it meant to get into trouble with such people, you would know enough to pay what you were told to pay and shut up.
13 There was a door above and another below, both safely padlocked, making the stairs an admirable place to stow away a customer who might still chance to have money, or a political light whom it was not advisable to kick out of doors.
14 Those which had been held in Chicago so far had proven most dismal failures, and tonight, the speaker being no less a personage than a candidate for the vice-presidency of the nation, the political managers had been trembling with anxiety.
15 And so right here was a chance for Jurgis to make himself a place in the world, explained "Bush" Harper; he had been a union man, and he was known in the yards as a workingman; he must have hundreds of acquaintances, and as he had never talked politics with them he might come out as a Republican now without exciting the least suspicion.
16 They were behind with their rent all the time, but the company was good to them; there was some politics back of that, Grandmother Majauszkiene could not say just what, but the Laffertys had belonged to the "War Whoop League," which was a sort of political club of all the thugs and rowdies in the district; and if you belonged to that, you could never be arrested for anything.
17 They were behind with their rent all the time, but the company was good to them; there was some politics back of that, Grandmother Majauszkiene could not say just what, but the Laffertys had belonged to the "War Whoop League," which was a sort of political club of all the thugs and rowdies in the district; and if you belonged to that, you could never be arrested for anything.
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