The mills of Lancashire are hungry for cotton, which they turn into valuable cotton cloth.
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If you were a 12-year-old mill worker in the Victorian era, you'd probably live in some dirty, crowded cellar and work in a hot, stuffy factory more than 13.5 hours a day. But things could be worse. You could get hurt on the job and lose a finger. Or you could be burned in a mill fire and lose your life!
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Describes the many dangerous jobs performed by children who worked in the cotton mills of industrial England in the nineteenth century, work that included long hours, low pay, and no provision for school work.