XVII-"Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

XVII-"Prisoners of Poverty: Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives" - Helen Campbell - New York Tribune

"Child-Workers in New York"

by: Helen Campbell | publication date: February 13, 1887 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 10

Something crept forward as the bundle slid to the floor, and busied itself with the string that bound it.

" Here you, Jinny," said the woman, " don't you be foolin'. What do you want anyhow ?"
The something shook back a mat of thick hair and rose to its feet, — a tiny child who in size seemed no more than three, but whose countenance indicated the experience of three hundred.

"It's the string I want," the small voice said. " Me an' Mame was goin' to play with it."
"There's small time for play," said the mother; " there 'll be two pair more in a minute or two, an' you're to see how Maine does one an' do it good too, or I 'll find out why not."
Mame had come forward and stood holding to the one thin garment which but partly covered Jinny's little bones. She too looked out from a wild thatch of black hair, and with the same expression of deep experience, the pallid, hungry little faces lighting suddenly as some cheap cakes were produced. Both of them sat down on the floor and ate their portion silently.

Campbell turns her attention to small children who work along side their mothers in New York's garment sweatshops.