To Liebling, newspaper reading was a habit first and foremost. Had it been broken by the strike?
When, finally, the publishers and the drivers settled the strike, they did well for themselves, because if the strike had continued much longer they might have lost the customers both depend upon. Reading newspapers had turned out to be one of the habits, like gum chewing, that have no really deep hold; people found they could take them or leave them alone.
There was one exception:
The only complaints I heard came from commuters who lived at such short distances from the city that it was impractical for them to smoke opium during the trip. Some of these people said that now that they had no newspapers they were compelled to look at the scenery, which revolted them.
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