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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 09, 1912, Image 10',
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the housework. Hence the house
husband. "Let Isaac do it!" 'said Mrs.
Danielson. So Isaac obediently
fell into line with modern econ
When a representative of The
Day Book called at the Daniel
son flat he found Mr. Danielson
at the washtub, putting through
a big washing with the skill and
speed of a $2.25 a day laundry
Dressed in an old pair of trous
ers and a sleeveless undershirt,
Isaac looked more like a shot
putter or a blacksmith than a
washwoman. He was manipulat
ing a wringer. Nightgowns and
things were going through and
falling in a white heap. A tub of
indigo water was at his side.
Clouds of steam rose from the
wash boiler on the stove.
"Sure!" he said heartily, when
the interviewer asked him wheth
er he was 'doing housework of his
"You see," he said, "my wife is
a dressmaker and a good one.
When I used to work as janitor
in an office building we had to
hire a girl to do the housework.
That meant five dollars a week
for her wages, and I don't know
how much more for what she
wasted in careless cooking and
"In those days we were always
"Finally we fired the girl, and
as I was making less money than
my wife, I quit my job and be
gan doing the housework myself.
"Since then we haye been able
to get ahead. My wife has plenty
of work, and I runfthe house." .
"How do you gef along with
"Come and see' he, answered,
and took the visitoron a tour of
The kitchen and pantry were
neat and orderly. So were the
other rooms. The beds were
made as if a woman had smoothed
them. The floors were immacu
late. The table was set for the
evening meal. The windows
were clean, the curtains hung as
curtains, ought to hang. Every
where there seemed to be touches
of a woman's hand.
"I do it all," said Isaac "Mrs.
Danielson is tired when she
comes- home, so I .take care of
everything, even the baby he's
three years old."
"And the mending?"
"I do it mostly," he said. "I
mend my own socks and my
wife's stockings, sometimes."
"A woman's work is never
done," quoted the reporter. "How
"It isn't true," he answered.
"It all depends on your system.
Most women have no time to
themselves because they have no
system in their work..
"I get up at 6 o'clock and get
breakfast for both of us. We eat
at 7. My wife goes to work
then. I wash and dress the baby
and give him his breakfast. Then
I wash the dishes, makes the
beds, sweep and dust all the
rooms, and go out and do the
marketing. Then I sit down and
read the morning paper. I get