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April 18, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(16):436-437. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390910016005

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The Cincinnati Lancet and Clinic, of April 11, contains an unsigned article on this subject, which claims that physical wreck and moral and mental ruin are produced among the employés in the tobacco-factories in that state. If all that is stated in this article be true, there is a large field of work in Ohio (and presumably in other states) for the legislature and for boards of health.

The employment of children in factories must be regarded as necessarily an evil, though by no means a necessary evil. The article in question says that there is a law on the statute books of Ohio which would lead one to suppose that the education of children was compulsory in that state; but that it is never enforced because it needs a cultivated public sentiment behind it to give it a moral force and effect. It needs more; it needs an efficient

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