The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy, Volume 2

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H. Colburn, 1840 - Child labor - 387 pages
 

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Page 259 - Do not either of you judge me harshly," replied 'the heiress, with great earnestness: "do not set me down in your judgments as a hot-headed girl, indifferent to the opinions of society, and anxious only to follow the whim of the moment. Did I belong to any one, I think I should willingly yield to their guidance. But I am alone in the world ; I have no responsibilities but to God and my own conscience, and the only way I know of, by which I can make this desolate sort of freedom endurable, is by fearlessly,...
Page 179 - There was just room enough to show me all the dreary sternness of the scene. The ground was covered deep with snow, and a cutting wind blew whistling through the long line of old Scotch firs which bordered an enclosure beside the road. As I scudded on beneath them, my eye caught the little figures of a multitude of children, made distinctly visible, even by that dim light, by the strong relief in which their dark garments showed themselves against the snow. A few steps further brought me in full...
Page 234 - I understand you now," replied the honest-hearted old woman, eagerly. " Then now, my dear old friend, we shall, I think, never have any more disputes upon this subject. You—I—every servant in my house —every acquaintance I have in the world, may aid and assist in putting an end to this most atrocious factory system, WHICH OUGHT TO WEIGH HEAVIER UPON EVERY CHRISTIAN ENGLISH HEART THAN EVER THE SLAVE-TRADE DID. If the whole British empire, nurse, did but know what we are about here—if the facts...
Page 18 - Harry! where it is not, they are as sure to go to the wrong side of the post as you are to go to bed to-night. It stands to reason, Parsons. If one man knows how to drive, and• another doesn't, the one man's team will pay, and the other's won't; and I will be much obliged to any man who will tell me how I am to help being undersold in the market if I don't contrive to make my machinery go as fast, and as long too, as the best of 'em. That's the business you are to attend to, Mr. Parsons, and I...
Page 200 - Mr. Bell listened to this melancholy assertion, and sighed because he could not contradict it. " Yes ;" said he, at length, " it is even so ; and if any proof were wanted of the depth and hopelessness of the wretchedness which the present system produces, it might be found in the fact, that despite the inclination I feel both for your sake, and that of the poor operatives, to encourage your generous benevolence, I cannot in conscience tell you that it is in your power effectually to assist them....
Page 139 - And on he rushed to the scuffle, leaving Michael gazing with disgust and horror at the contest between the fierce snouts of the angry pigs, and the active fingers of the wretched crew who contested with them for the ofl'al thus cast forth.
Page 208 - ... the heat, particularly in the rooms immediately beneath the roof, frightfully intense ; cleanliness as to the beds, the floors, and the walls, utterly neglected ; and even the persons of the children permitted to be filthy to excess, from having no soap allowed to assist their ablutions — though from the greasy nature of their employment it was peculiarly [required, while the coarse meal occasionally given out to supply its place was invariably swallowed, being far too precious in the eyes...
Page 6 - cause of this." — And as she spake, the child held up a little shrivelled right-hand, three fingers of which had a joint deficient. " I can't piece now, and so they won't let me come." " And Sophy won't let me go, 'cause of this...
Page 207 - Even at dead of night the machinery was never stopped, and when one set of fainting children were dragged from the mules another set were dragged from the reeking beds they were about to occupy, in order to take their places. The ventilation throughout the whole fabric was exceedingly imperfect; the heat, particularly in the rooms immediately beneath the roof, frightfully intense ; cleanliness as to the beds, the floors, and the walls, utterly neglected ; and even the persons of the children permitted...
Page 200 - This is very dreadful, sir," she continued, while tears burst from her eyes. " I have gained knowledge but not peace by my visit, and I must leave you with the sad conviction that the hope I had nourished of making my fortune useful to the suffering creatures among whom I live is vain and idle.

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