few examples may be cited illustrating what some of these places are
like: In one case several men were found at work pressing knee-pants
in a low basement room poorly lighted and ventilated by two small windows.
There was no floor in this room, and the people were living on the bare
earth, which was damp and littered with every sort of rubbish. In another
case seven persons were at work in a room 12 by 15 feet in dimensions
and with but two windows. These people with the sewing machines of operators
and the tables used by the pressers, so filled this meager space that
it was impossible to move about. Charcoal was used for heating the pressers'
irons, and the air was offensive and prostrating to a degree.
escapes in such buildings are unknown; water for flushing closets is
rarely found, and the employees are equally at the mercy of fire and
disease. Frequently the sweater's home is his shop, with a bed among
the machines; or, the family sleeps on cots, which are removed during
the day to make room for employees. Sometimes two or three employees
are also boarders or lodgers, and the tenement dwelling is the shop;
and cooking, sleeping, sewing and the nursing of the sick are going