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P. J. McBride to Roy Hennigh

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Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)

Date: December 12, 1917

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Governor's Office, Governor Arthur Capper, Correspondence Files, Numerical File Box 10 Folder 3 No. 9

Unit ID: 211803

Summary: This letter was written in response to Roy Hennigh?s earlier letter (dated November 21) to Gov. Arthur Capper, which had been referred to P. J. McBride, the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. In it, McBride responds to Hennigh?s complaint that a welfare inspector prevented Hennigh from employing his two daughters in his grocery store. McBride referred him to the child labor law that ?prohibited the employment of any child under 14 years of age in mercantile establishments.? No one could make any exception to this law because, according to McBride, some of the worst cases of abuse had occurred at the hands of parents. This law did not affect children?s work within the home, but it did mandate that children under 14 could not be assigned regular duties for a specific period of time in a place of business. McBride emphasized that ?it is not the purpose of this department to split hairs,? but that his inspectors were bound to ensure that the law was applied fairly and equally to all.

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Title (Main title): P. J. McBride to Roy Hennigh

Part of: Records of the Kansas Governor's Office. Records of the Kansas Governor's Office : administration of Governor Arthur Capper (1915-1919).


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