HOT COALS: A STORY OF TO-DAY. Boston: The C. M. Clark Publishing Company, . Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-465 [466: blank] [467-469: ads] 470 [blank], inserted frontispiece, original burgundy cloth, front panel stamped in white and black, spine panel stamped in white. First edition. "Taking advantage of a new device that ensures greater safety for workers, Douglass McLeod, the former assistant manager of Bardwell Mills, and Jamie Deidrich, a gifted machinist, establish Hope Mills, their own iron works, in Carden, Pennsylvania. As the business becomes increasingly successful, McLeod finds himself the target of Luke Woodburn, the ruthless manager of Bardwell Mills who has been exploiting workers and profits for years because of a mysterious hold he has on Mark Bardwell, the mill's founder. Obsessed with his own importance and economic gain, Woodburn forms a trust, the Amalgamated Association of Iron Workers, to plunge Hope Mills into financial ruin. McLeod, however, enlists the aid of Merriam White, a childhood friend who is a newly elected congressman, to draft anti-trust legislation to keep manufacturing associations in check. By instituting profit sharing among all the workers at Hope Mills, McLeod eventually gains the upper hand against the more powerful trusts who oppose him. HOT COALS: A STORY OF TO-DAY is an economic reform novel structured as a routine melodrama complete with romantic entanglements, dastardly deeds, and startling revelations." - Boyd White. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 V-177. Not in Hanna. Early owner's rubber-stamped name on the front paste-down. Some flaking of perishable white lettering from spine panel, a very good copy. OCLC reports 3 copies. A very scarce book. (#165871).
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