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He has nothing to waste but time

Author: Upton Sinclair

Translation: Imranul Haque Chauhan

Episode: 93

Yurgi put all this in front of the family. In a place where, as it were, he has a house, has friends, all possibilities of work are already closed to him. It was equivalent to being kicked out of the house for him.

He and the two women talked about it all day and until midnight. Ideally, they should also stay in the city where their children work, but Maria has recovered and hopes that she will be able to work where the grounds can be seen. Although her old boyfriend did not visit her at least once a month due to her poor condition, she still did not want to lose him forever. Elizabeth also heard from someone about a job cleaning floors in offices in Durham and now looks forward to work every day. Urges cannot borrow from anyone. He was afraid of being arrested by the police for begging, so it was decided that he would meet the children and take 15 cents a day to survive from them, he would lie by the door or under the truck. After midnight, he would go to a station house and lie down in a beggar’s shack full of lice and disease, spreading newspaper on the floor, leaving behind the smell of alcohol and tobacco.

He fought the monster of despair for two more weeks. One day he got a job loading a truck for half a day, once he washed a woman’s luggage and earned a quarter of a dollar, which allowed him to sleep in a rented accommodation for a few days, otherwise he is afraid. Outside, he is freezing. Sometimes he would buy a newspaper and read job ads in it, but this was a waste of time. Half of these advertisements are lies printed to trap the helpless and ignorant unemployed. Urgus’s time is a waste because he has nothing to waste but time. If an agent tried to convince him with his smooth speech that he had a good job on his hands, Jurgus would shake his head sadly and tell him that he didn’t have $1 to give the agent. The agents would tell him that he and his family could make good money coloring pictures, but first they had to pay $2.

Finally, an opportunity came to Jurgus through an acquaintance from his old Union days. He was going to find a job at the big Harvester Trust factory that he found familiar and said that Jurgus should come with him and that he would recommend him to his boss. Yurgis got there after walking four or five miles and stood in a long line of unemployed people accompanied by his friend. When his legs were about to respond, the foreman examined him and said he could give him a job.

Uergis gradually realized that the Harvester Works was a place that reformers and philanthropic groups were proud to point to others. All the workshops here are big and open, there is a big hotel where the employees can buy good food at a cheap price, it even has a study room. There is a separate clean area for women to rest. Unlike the stockyards, there is no dirt and grime. Yurgi could not imagine these facilities. He found this place to be heaven.

This factory was established on 160 hectares where 5 thousand employees worked. Here, within 1 year, 3 lakh machines were manufactured which were used to harvest crops across the country. Jurgis did not have the opportunity to see the whole factory because here, as in the stockyards, each man worked in his own department. Each part of the machine is produced in a separate department. In the department where Yurgas worked, a machine cut steel strips into 2-inch square pieces. The cut pieces come out on a tray where they have to be picked up and placed in rows in order and the trays have to be changed from time to time. There is only one boy assigned to this job who has to attend to his work. The sound of steel cutting and falling was like a train moving. The machine is set at the fastest possible speed so that the worker’s hands are not idle or idle. This employee has to handle 30,000 pieces per day and 9,000,000 pieces per year. Nearby, workers bent over San rocks will be busy finalizing logs for harvest. He picks up a piece with his right hand and sharpens it by rubbing first one side and then the other, then places it in the other basket with his left hand. One of the men told Jurgi that he had been sharpening 3,000 pieces of steel every day for 13 years. The machine in the next room slowly swallowed the long iron bars. They are cut, grown, braided, ground and polished there. They are used to drive harvesters. In an engine, thin wires are made to attach these bolts. In one section, all parts are painted. After the paint dried, they were taken to another room where workers painted them with red and yellow stripes to make the machines look good while harvesting in the fields. (to be continued)

Note: This book is published by “Book Home” (all rights reserved).


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