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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 03, 1912, Image 2

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ing to improve conditions, not
only for ourselves, but for the
thousands of poor girls who will
come after lis.
"People who take their clothes
to laundries never get any closer
to us than the tiled-walled, scru
pulously clean offices they never
hear of the hells back there where
we work.
"We get to work at 7 in the
morning and have to work until
7 at night. We get only half an
hour for lunch. When there is
overtime work to be done, we are
forced to stay as long as Ave are
told. We get nothing extra for
this.
"The state factory inspectors
recently made the laundries put in
chairs. You'll find the chairs
stacked up in corners. It would
be worth a girl's job to sit in one.
"We work in superheated
rooms filled with steam. The air
is filled with millions of minute
particles of lint, torn from the
things we are laundering. Tuber
culosis is the commonest disease
among the girls.
"I know of no laundry in New
York which has a decent dressing
room. Most of the room for
women are exposed so the men
may look into them. In many
laundries men and women use
joint dressing rooms. Is if any
wonder seme girls are driven to
immorality?
Our wash rooms and toilet in
nearly every New York laundry
are also exposed.
"In summer, the laundries are
describable by only one word
"Hell!" The natural heat is in
tensified by the terrible heat of
the steam. I have seen poor, hungry-looking,
emaciated girls reel
and fall against their machines,
and then crumple up, fainting to
the floor.
"Let me tell you about little
Dora Barlow.
"She fainted that way one day,
and let her hands get mashed in a
mangier. She lost all of one hand;
part of the other. She got not
one cent of damages.
"When she was discharged
from the hospital, she was given
her position back, and with a half
a hand, compelled to do the same
work she did before she was hurt.
When she laid off a day on ac- ,
count of sickness, her wages were i
cut. '
"I have heard vile-mouthed
superintendents swear at girls as
though they were slaves.
"State inspection of factories
means little. Some of the inspec
tors are honest. When an honest
inspector comes around, he is de
tained in the office until things
are presentable in the workrooms
Chairs are hastily dragged out of
the corners, and that's the only
time we ever get to sit down at
our work.
o o '
It will not be remarkable if
Russia's reply to Uncle Sam takes
the form of massacres of Tews.
After all, civilization is not
quite a failure. The tin type has
been abolished.
Blue blood and blue milk are
much alike. Both have been
watered.
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