Publication: The Pittsburgh Gazette
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
THE WORMSER PROSECUTION.
Maj. Montooth Will Represent the State.
Child Labor Employed.
Special to the Commercial Gazette.
Harrisburg, Pa., Jun. 13 - Maj. Montooth has been retained by the State as attorney in this suit brought by Factory Inspector Martin against the Wormser Bros. of Pittsburgh, on account of the employment of children under 13 years of age. He says that there is no doubt that the Wormsers will be convicted and fined. The suit has been postponed several times by reason of requests made by the defendants, but it will probably come off this week.
Mr. Martin, who worked in a factory in his youth. He is conversant with the needs of the laboring chasses. He is thoroughly in earnest and determined to enforce the law.
The Inspector has recently unearthed a deplorable condition of affairs in York and Lancaster counties. According to the present law no establishment employing less than ten persons comes under the jurisdiction of the Inspector. Certain laws . . . [illegible text] . . . manufacturers employ only nine persons in their shops but have a great number of women and children at work in their own homes. Thus they evade the law compel the employees to work over hours and hire children under twelve of age. Mr. Martin will seek legal action and take steps to stop this practice, which violates the spirit if not the letter of the law. The law itself will probably be amended at this session of the legislature.