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evitable. Wounds fester, foul
diseases menace and infested
heads are the rule arnorig unpro
tected snippers, pfcelers-and qttts
ters engaged in tSe wholesale
preparation of food.
In one typical preparing" room
Where I worked, nearly t all the
women had crudely bandaged,
hartds, with cuts or sores retard
ed m healing, or pajms blistered;
from prolonged pressure of th&
paring knife.. These hands han
died the raw vegetables that went.
into the cans.'
Tomatoes 'are ."all hand work-;
the skinning, and coring is a.
messy, sloppy task. Yet in. o'nelft
iactory r saw six women drjp
ping with sweat and glutenoUs
juice toiling at the stripping
troqghs in clouds of steam, their
cut hands wrapped in dirty rags,,
the speediest worker, suffering-
from a shocking rash on face and-
arms. The place jya$, as thfc
workers phrased it, too nas,ty tol.
sit down. -
,In another factory, out of 32.
beet 'toppers I saw the 'hands of,
19 f japanned with grime, show-,
ing angry, unhealed wdunds, and
one agedwoman'S jaw and throat
were shocking with an old, sup
In a third establishment I saw
an elderly man "turning" four
tons of sliced apples-who suffered
from a chronic sore on) nOse and
lip which he called "the erysipe
las." At another place I saw the head
shawls of three alien women only
half concealing sores as Would be
startling in a lazar house. ,
One town constable told me
that he "had known hogpens kept
tleaner" than the local cannery
Shacks where last summer 28
out of. 40 children were stricken
l vylth an unidentified skin disease.
FrOm this colonyJ:he local town
clerk railroaded several cases of
'pOpr man's sore eyes,' which is
another riaine for filth aphthal
mia. And this factory-'s smallest
daily pack is 100t000 cans. i.
i I saw the great cellar space xi
a well known factpry awash with ,.
a, reeking muck, odorous as a '
I saw the tomato pack of a can
;ry in another tdwn spalqed fn-i
e scum of a bronze-brown liquid
in a foul wooden vat from which
no animal , could drink. In thisr
noisome placCj sour with the:
smell of decaying tomatoes,. fes-v
tqons of dusty cobwebs andplat-t
ters of flying machine.ojl fell into
tljfc open cans.
Beside one Df the largest bean
sheds in New York state I saw a
gigantic manure heap 20 feet
high afld 50 feet long, oozing Of-'
fensive fumes that enervated the'
200 to 300 women-and children
working withint30 feet. r
At two apple evaporating plants 1
I saw tons of half-dried apples
lying in open lofts, black With
swarms of feasting stable flies arid
trampled by $hOv4lers with mud-
dy shoes. In half a" dozen estab-'
lishments I saw the factory floors '
greasy with-rOtting refuse ground
to mttck. 'f
By Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, fa-i
raous pure food expert and gov-