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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 15, 1913, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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of the Department of Factory Inspection that prohibits a parent from work
ing his child or children any number of hours that he pleases; neither i&
there any law that gives unto the State Factory Inspector or his deputies
AUTHORITY TO ENTER A MAN'S HOME to ascertain whether he is
working his children there."
Nelson says further: J'The information the bulletin conveyed was the
fact that NO AUTHORITY OR LAW PROVIDES, either to ascertain how
much child labor exists in tenements and dwellings, nor any prohibition of
child labor by its parents. You overlooked absolutely and entirely the big
fact in connection with the child labor problem that the bulletin desired to
bring home to the citizenship of our,state."
The Tribune editorial said: "Since the Factory Inspector appeals
for enlightenment we might refer him to an interview only recently given
out by this department, which stated
positively that the child labor evil
has dwindled down to insignificance
in Chicago because of the good sense
of the manufacturers, who are more
and more removing their shops from
the loop to outlying residential sec
tions of the city."
To this Nelson replies: "Let me
say that your reference IS enlighten
ment. I HAVE NEVER GIVEN OUT
AN INTERVIEW TO THAT EFFECT,
nor do the records of-this department
substantiate the statement contained
in the alleged interview. On the con
trary the records show that during
the calendar year 1912 the Chicago
!Board of Education issued 14,500
,Age and School certificates to ..chil
dren who had attended the pTiblic
schoolsand the Parochial Issuing Of-
fice issued 5,600 Age and School cer
tificates to children who had attend
ed the Catholic schools, which re-J enouSh from Srind at the Sears-
veals the startling fact that 20,000
certificates were issued to children
"under 16 years of age to go to work
Sn the city of Chicago alone last year,
Tvhich number does not include cer
tificates issued by Lutheran, Jewish
and Independent religious schools.
We have no records available show
ing how many certificates were is
sued outside of Chicago."
Nelson also calls the Tribune's at
tention to the fact that "Your con
temporaries, without exception, have
commended the issuance of the bul
3etin and its contents, and I may re
fer you particularly to the editorial
Jin the Chicago Daily News on Friday,
November 7, where the information
contained in our bulletin on child
labor is commented on intelligently.
You failed entirely to mention in
formation contained in the bulletin
on the vital subject of Occupational.
Disease, on the subject of safeguard-"
ing of dangerous machinery, and the
enforcement of the Blower law, etc."
In conclusion Nelson says: "I sin
cerely trust that if your conscience
so dictates that you will correct the
misrepresentation contained in edi
Up-to-date the Tribune's con
science hasn't been visible to the
"CANNED" FOR LAUGHING
tl is dangerous for any employe of
Julius Rosenwald to pause long
Roebuck plant to laugh.
It will be remembered that a young
girl employed by Sears-Roebuck
went on the stand before the O'Hara
vice commission and testified, while
sitting alongside of Julius Rosenwald,
that a system of slave-driving was
used at his big plant.
She said that men stood over girls
and boys- while they worked and
forced them to speed up. Those, who
from exhaustion could not keep up
the pace, were fired.
Thursday one of the bosses em
ployed at Sears-Roebuck-heard two
young boys laugh. They were imme