• Creator
  • Department of Commerce and Labor. Children's Bureau. 1912-1913
  • Created Date
  • 1911-01-07
  • Description
  • A lonely job. Waiting all alone in the dark for a trip to come through. It was so damp that Willie said he had to be doctoring all the time for his cough. A short distance from here the gas was pouring in so rapidly that it made a great torch when the foreman lit it. Willie has been working here for 4 months 500 feet down the shaft. Walls have been whitewashed to make it lighter. Jan. 16 I found Willie at home sick. His mother admitted he is o... more
    A lonely job. Waiting all alone in the dark for a trip to come through. It was so damp that Willie said he had to be doctoring all the time for his cough. A short distance from here the gas was pouring in so rapidly that it made a great torch when the foreman lit it. Willie has been working here for 4 months 500 feet down the shaft. Walls have been whitewashed to make it lighter. Jan. 16 I found Willie at home sick. His mother admitted he is only 13 years old, will be 14 next July. She said that 4 months ago the mine boss told the father to take Willie to work, and they obtained a certificate from Squire Barrett. (The only thing the squire could do was to make Willie out to be 16 years old.) Willie's father and brothers are miners, and the home is that of a frugal German family. S. Pittston, Pa. less
  • Format
  • Photographic Print
  • Rights
  • Unrestricted