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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 21, 1912, Image 2

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little girl, crying forlornly in he
corner, and an inquiry discovered
that the woman who had agreed
to take Leonie Albers was reject
ed by the committee.
Takes Three Children.
Mrs. Hopfer, who has seven
children of her own to look out
for, had not expected to take
more than one, but she decided
that this small mouth would not
gobble up a large portion, so she
adopted Leonie too. And the
children begged so hard for Alice
Herney that Mrs. Hopfer ended
by taking the three children out
to her little house.
Gemence can cook and scrub
and wash and iron, and she work
ed in a candy store in Lawrence
for 75 cents a week between
times.
"We really have it easier than
many families in Lawrence," she
said, "because I am the only
child. My father makes $7 or $8
a' week, and my mother makes
from $3.50 to $4, and I make my
& cents. I will be fourteen in
June, and then I will start in the
mills myself.' I am in the fifth
grade in the school, and I wish I
could go on, but of course it is my
duty to help papa and mamma as
Boon as I can."
Hopes to Work in Mill
"Well, I will tie the thread, on
Ihe bobbins and fill them for the
jweavers and clean the frames. I
am quite big enough to do it, and
51 isn't dangerous wo'rk, although
5t is dusty and the lint from the
thread is hard on some people.
(The worst thing aTjout it is that
you have to stand up all day but
then papa and mamma have to do
that. They never sit down a
minute."
"Tell how you live now," Gem
ence was asked.
"Papa and mamma get up at 6
o'clock and get their breakfast,
and when they leave at 6:30 they
wake me up. I get my own
breakfast, which is coffee and
bread, and clean up the house.
Then I go to school and stay until
11 :30. I hurry to the house of a
lady and get dinner for her be
cause she gives me my dinner for
doing that for her. Mamma takes
the lunch for her and papa to the
mill. After I have my dinner and
straighten up for the lady, I go
back to school.
And Iron on Sunday.
"When school is over I go
home and buy the things for sup
per. I get supper. We have po
tatoes with the skins on, salt
meat, or some other kind of meat,
and occasionally beans or some
thing like that, and when supper
is over I wash the dishes.
Saturdays mamma and I do the
washing, and let the clothes dry
at night. Then we iron them
Sundays. Mamma and I scrub. I
am good at washing. Mamma
irons the hard things and I iron
the rest."
About her work in the candy
store, Gemence said that she
minded the proprietor's baby,
scrubbed the floor and counters,'
made soda water, sold candy and
ran errands.
No Pay on Christmas.
"Don't you ever have any des
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