On July 5, everypony on strike did exactly what James told them to do.
James: That's everypony, right? Jack: I think so. Deputies: *On boat* Deputy Roebuck: You can't do this. We'll arrest you! Larry: We'd like to see you try that when you go down river. *Pushes boat* Deputy: Get some paddles, and row back! James: *Holding paddles* You mean these?! Jack: And good luck trying to row back with your arms, and hooves! Deputies: Curse you!
And so, the deputies had no way to get back to shore, and continued drifting towards the middle of nowhere