Sabetha, Kansas 11-21-1917
Dear sir: -
On November 19th, a lady Deputy Factory Inspector called on me, and made a report of my place of business. I have a Grocery and employ two men. On Saturdays trade is better than week days, and two of my children ?girls? help me, their ages are 12 & 14 years.
Now, this said inspector says, I am violating the child labor law, by employing child under 14 yrs. I am not employing child under 14 yrs, furthermore I don't employ my children.
They help me just as anybody's children should.
Now, I don't believe it is the
intention of the Child Labor Law, to forbide me the right to allow my own children to help me, especially in a time like this, when we should conserve, and do all we can to help the government.
Will you please inform me what to do?
It seems very poor judgement to enact a law, which forbides parents to use the help of their own children, also to send a female, to inspect the little Grocery Merchants who are doing their best to keep the prices down, by not employing more help than necessary.