Sir James Pond
The Industrial Daily, 1800
Born in Edinburgh, Britain, sir James Pond was the son of a renown factory owner, sir Edward Pond. Pond spent his early years tending the family’s farm as well as helping to operate the successful factory, now known as Pond Enterprises. Some of James’ hobbies included reading, discussing, and exploring new information on his own. Thanks to his father’s profession, James was able to conduct multiple factory visits from time to time. Again, with the family’s wealth, James was able to attend school on a regular basis, which has indefinitely helped him with his intelligence and knowledge. However, at the age of 12, James was kidnapped and taken to Birmingham where he would be locked and forced to work in a textile factory for the next 10 years of his life. Although James’ father searched desperately with the help of his professionally certified men, they could not find James. This was one of the cases that sparked the Unaware Disappearances in the late 17th century. In Birmingham, James was forced to work in harsh conditions, but this has helped him gather analytical, detailed facts and the truth that is hidden in these factories. With the diligence and perseverance of work for 10 years, James was finally allowed to leave the factory. At the age of 22, James decided to take action against his “gruesome” experience in the factory. With the advantage of his previous education and experience, James decided to become a lawyer to speak up for the voice of others. Luckily, with the unexpected death of one of the previous lawyers protesting for child labour, James was offered the spot, and in no time, he was the leading lawyer of the community.
We now bring an exclusive solo interview from Sir James Pond.
“I think that Child Labour should not be used anymore, as it provides nothing but negative effects. Children ended up with many wounds and injuries. In some years, up to +1000 injuries were found in certain hospitals. According to a recent survey that the Society Against Child Labour (SACL) has conducted, 40% of the population consists of children. Are we seriously going to risk their lives with these horrible work conditions? In addition, children were forced to work even when their skin muscles and bones were dysfunctioning, and when children were too tired or unwilling to work, they had their heads dipped into a water cistern. Since children who worked in factories were usually kept in confined areas, lots of breathing occurred. This led to heated temperatures and the contamination of air, which would later trigger lung diseases, respiratory malfunctions, illnesses, and in severe cases, death. Moreover, children were forced to carry heavy weights and large quantities of items, causing neck and spine problems. Furthermore, children are forced to work in extremely harsh conditions- dirty, dark, unsafe areas; this is no way for humans to live! According to Joseph Hebergam, children were given severe beatings when they were not on time for work- even a few minutes off. “If we were five minutes too late, the overlooker would take a strap and beat until we were black and blue.” Although some may try to convince others that child labour is beneficial, it most certainly is not. Some claim that children are cheap and affordable, they will receive good education, are willing to work, and that some machines can only be operated by children. All of these points are nonsense. Children were cheap and affordable because the amount that the factory owners paid them was extremely low. Furthermore, some mechanics engineered specific machines for children, as they were considered too much of a risk for adults to use. Children were willing to work, as they were often threatened, deceived, or were promised a better future. The education was also of low quality, as most of the material came from the corrupt minds of the factory owners who will not inform them about society or the world outside the factory.
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