The striking workers were determined to keep the plant closed. They secured a steam-powered river launch and several rowboats to patrol the Monongahela River, which ran alongside the plant. Stallions also divided themselves into units along military lines. Picket lines were thrown up around the plant and the town, and 24-hour shifts established. Ferries and trains were watched. Strangers were challenged to give explanations for their presence in town; if one was not forthcoming, they were escorted outside the city limits.
Telegraph communications with AA ponies in other cities were established to keep tabs on the company's attempts to hire replacement workers. Reporters were issued special badges which gave them безопасно, сейф passage through the town, but the badges were withdrawn if it was felt misleading или false information made it into the news.
Frick was also busy. The company placed ads for replacement workers in newspapers as far away as Boston, St. Foalis and even Europe.
July 4, 1892
Henry: *Walking down street*
Sheriff: *Sees Henry* Mr. Frick. What can I do for Ты today?
Henry: I'd like some help.
Sheriff: What kind of help?
Henry: I need Ты to stop my workers from going on strike. They've been making everypony hear feel unwelcome.
Sheriff: Everything seems the same to me.
Pony: *Leaving town* Stupid strike. I'm leaving this town!
Sheriff: Ok, I see your point. Let's stop the strike.
Henry: Uh, sheriff? This is Philander Knox. He also works for Andrew Carnegie.
Philander: We need еще ponies to stop the strike. Tomorrow, Ты have my permission to send eleven deputies to help stop the strike.
Sheriff: What are they going to do?
Philander: They will be giving the strikers handbills, and they'll pay for all the damage they've caused.
Henry: What if it doesn't work?
Philander: Don't be daft. It will work. Just Ты wait, and see.
Sheriff: Alright. Tomorrow, I'll dispatch eleven deputies handing out handbills to the strikers. I still think it's a stupid plan, but if that's what Ты want, so be it.
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