Novelist Jack London was born. He wrote extensively from a working class perspective. This famous definition of a scab -- someone who would cross a picketline and take a striker's job -- is ascribed to him: "After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a water-logged brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles."