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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 of the “Northern spinning and weaving Co’
limited” one of the largest linnen [cic] manu-
facuturies in Ireland- (nearly every
company, no matter how long the name, adds
the word “limited”) and Belfast doubtless
excells all other cities in that business-
This Company have [sic] several buildings ir-
regularly joined together, filled with ma-
chinery driven by nine engines-
We began in the room where the raw flax
just from the farm, is first handled, and
followed the different processes with much
interest, through building after building,
-Albert memorial- high street- and story above story we saw the
fine linnens, large and small, plain and figured, all finished- The
employees are chiefly girls. One immense room contained eight hundred
looms worked by eight hundred girls, in which the bands, wheels, and machinery
was a bewildering maze- Another room contained twenty thousand
busy spindles, worked by very dirty girls, bare arms and feet, weaving only
a single garment. Poorly ventilated, the smell is oily and awful. The
girls look yellow and unhealthy- Several of the rooms were so hot and
greasy that we could not remain a minute. The girls work from
6 AM. to 6 P.M. Having 45 minutes each for Breakfast and Dinner.
If they are at the doors promptly every morning they receive one shilling a
week reward. If two or three minutes late the doors are locked against
them, and rewards lost, or reduced to a few pennies- No seats to rest,
Alice, in astonishment, asked the Guide, how the girls could live in those rooms

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