Citizens of Tomorrow; A Study of Childhood and Youth from the Standpoint of Home Mission Work

Citizens of Tomorrow; A Study of Childhood and Youth from the Standpoint of Home Mission Work

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...Italians, or of whatever race they may be--are to be the mothers of American citizens. IN GLASS FACTORIES It is almost literal to say that a Moloch to which others of our " coming citizens " are sacrificed, is found in the glass manufactories. "Thousands of children by day or by night," says Edwin Markham, " in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and along the Ohio River, are at work at this intense and prostrating labour... and chiefly upon soil consecrated to freedom by the groans and prayers of the awful winter at Valley Forge and by the bloody sweat of the Wyoming Massacre.' A goodly per cent, of all the glass workers of the nation are boys under fourteen years of age. They are at the beck and call of the glassblowers, rushing at utmost speed back and forth between furnaces and workmen, in a temperature like that of the hottest summer, carrying trays loaded with heated glassware, holding it for reheating at the "glory-hole" (what mockery of name!), and subject to accidents due to the heated glass. A careful observer estimates that in eight hours of such work he saw a boy run with his dangerous load not less than twenty-two miles. As a matter of course, such conditions tend to intemperance, and the saloons often found around the factories afford ample opportunity for the indulgence of the appetite for liquor. "The groggery will no longer be the refuge of the hopeless when we have rooted out the hopeless drudgery of the world." Impurity is sure to accompany intemperance. "When a boy goes into the glass factory at twelve or thirteen years of age, by the time he is fifteen or sixteen he is too foul-mouthed to associate with decent people." Not all glass factories are like those described. In some, ...
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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633016
  • 9781236633019