The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Sat., June 2, 1849

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Strike. - The laborers engaged in repairing the break in the canal on Thursday struck for higher wages, supposing, we presume, that the necessity was so great that any demand would be yielded to at once. The contractor offered seven shillings per day and one dollar per night. Some of the crowd sung to "one dollar per day and night."

To this the contractor yielded. He then selected his men, and ordered the ring leaders to stand aside, who thus lost their share of the job altogether. The remainder were on in force again yesterday, and the breach will soon be closed.

We have no disposition to quarrel with men for endeavoring to get all they can for their labor, but we think the attempt to extort, when work must be done, is closely allied with knavery. It is like forcing a man, who requires money to save his credit, to pay 50 percent on a loan. We are not sorry that the leaders in this strike are made to suffer for their folly.

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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Sat., June 2, 1849