As Jerry passes the local Manson factory, a crowd is gathered outside. He stops to see “the fun.” Someone on a soap box is shouting “down with this, and down with that” and then a stone is thrown through the factory window. Jerry would have gotten into the brawl that followed, but Mike, a policeman and friend of the boy’s grandfather, takes him home in “protective custody.”
After a stroll, Gramp and Jerry sit down on the City Hall steps to chat. The old man knew the town when it was a “vacant lot” He recalls the time when Manson came to the little settlement seeking a factory site. He saw the factory constructed – and the town grew up around it. He tells Jerry how every man, woman, and child has a stake in the success of that factory. Jerry learns some American fundamentals and is greatful.
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