¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 in dramatic, skaning [sic] the gossamer threads. There are 20.000 spools, Kept running night and day, giving employment to 500 girls and 20 men. Only a very few of the girls are taller than Alice and apparently not much older, but there is a law prohibiting the employment of girls under 14 years. They receive about ten cents a day each besides a little cheap Soup at noon.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The lower floor, a cheerless, badly paved room, was filled to excess with girls, going through the first process of silk handling. Beside them stands a basket of the dried cocoons as they are found in their native abode, muchly resembling a basket of peanuts in shape, size, and weight.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 These are thrown into a basin of very hot water before them, heated by steam, and their parboiled white fingers must, every few seconds be dashed into the dish of cool water for relief. These cocoons are boiled and picked until the silk yields, when the fibres are tied to a revolving reel for skaning, constantly stirring to prevent tangling. Samples, and, attention was kindly given us by one of the operatives a short woman with a pleasant smile and a hidious [sic] goiture under her chin large as my head.