Books: Poor Blots

ENGLAND'S CLIMBING-BOYS (61 pp.) —George L. Phillips — Baker Library, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (75¢).

To the Englishman of the 18th and 19th Centuries, who dearly loved his comforts, one of the most highly prized boons was a coal-burning fireplace in every room. Many fireplaces meant many flues — and a nasty job cleaning them. But then, most Englishmen reflected, there were people who did that sort of thing.

The people who did that sort of thing were children, some of them only four years old. The story of the frightful condition of...

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