March 14th, 1884
William Porter( live with my mum, my dad, and my three younger brothers: Thorn (6 yrs), Enzo(3 yrs), and Finn (11 mths).
I guess today is another thrilling day, and this morning I wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning to get ready to work by 5 am. My brother Thorn and I walked there and we were a bit late today. And I didn’t even have any breakfast. Once we got there, we started to work immediately. Then someone stared at me. It was the man in the uniform. He yelled at me just because I whispered to the other person sitting next to me then I saw some kids playing in the street and I felt very disappointed and jealous. Why I can’t go out side and play in the street like these kids but I guess that’s part of life. We usually get two breaks during the day, Lunch and dinner. But today I didn’t get any break. And I have to work straight though it. I’m starving and my hands are very sore. I usually have to work 14 hours a day but since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb I only have to work for 10 hours. And finally my work is done and it’s 5pm. My wage is 20 cents a day but most of the boys who are younger than me get 25cent per day or even 30cents per day. I don’t know why but my parents say that I have to work or we have to live on the streets
April 26th 1886
Theresa August (live with my mama, papa and 1 younger brother (1 yr.)
Job: Textile worker
Today I have to wake up at 3:30 am in order to be at the factory by 4am. Then I found out that my mother had a cold over night and I have to look after her and do all the washing, cooking and cleaning. By the time I got to the factory it was 4:30. And when Mr. Bob saw me walking into the factory late. He grabbed my hair, lifted me as high as the he could and punched me in the stomach a billion times. Then he threw me on the ground and started kicking me and treated me like his pet. As a punishment I had to work the same of time that I usually did. The person who usually worked next to me is called James and he is no longer here because few days ago when he was do his job he accidentally got his fingers caught in one the machines and now his finger were just useless and all bloody and slit. Sophie, who has taken his place from now on and today is her first day. But very unfortunately Mr. Bob beat her up today because she purposely run into Mr. Bob during the lunch break and as punishment, she had to run up and down the stairs with weights on her neck. So other people can see how they will be punishment if they are being bad. By the time I finished my work I was starving and I have to walk all the way back home...