Superficially, all was quiet
On DAY 2 of the NYC Transit Strike, Jeff remembers an energetic author who lived across from Jefferson Market Jail on Patchin Place.
• • John "Jack" Silas Reed [October 22, 1887 – October 19, 1920], journalist and activist, became famous for his first-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution called Ten Days that Shook the World. He was the husband of the writer and feminist Louise Bryant and he also was the subject of a movie Reds .
• • Will the TWU hold the subways and buses hostage for TEN days? Jeff hopes not. Meanwhile, do sample an evocative line or two from Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed
Day broke on a city in the wildest excitement and confusion, a whole nation heaving up in long hissing swells of storm. Superficially, all was quiet; hundreds of thousands of people retired at a prudent hour, got up early, and went to work. . . .
With brakes released the Military Revolutionary Committee whirled, throwing off orders, appeals, decrees, like sparks. . . .
• • Photo: Jefferson Market captured by Trevor Little
New York Public Library