CHAPTER TWOWORKING AT THE MILLSo on Monday I started my work at Ings Mill and to my surprise, it was a match mill were they madematches. Everyone greeted me when I came, but they were fined when they talked so it was bad and also Imet a girl called Vicky who was mean and nasty and got me into trouble. Here is what she did - I waspacking the matches into boxes and Vicky knocked the box over and I got fined a sixpence. Also, I heardof stuff called Phosphorus, nasty stuff that gave a girl called Mabel who used to work here, Phossy jawthat is when it gets in between your teeth and rots your jaw and your gums and your teeth fall out. Ithought “Ay ay they ought to ban the stuff… well what can you do we will just get sacked anyway.” ThenI knew I had made an enemy and a fear which I ought to stay away from. After an eight hour shiftstanding up all day Mr Kendall called for me and he took me near the beach, he said to me “here aretwenty packets of seeds of mint they are imported from Africa so it is coming out of your pay check. Yehear me girl.”“Yes sir” I gulped and he gave me a watering can and a spade and I begun to make the mint cake.I didn’t have the faintest idea what to do so I dug a hole and planted them then watered them and Ienjoyed the shade and waited for him to come back. But when he came back he was not impressed andasked me “why arent you doing anything and may I ask where is the mint”“Well sir I planted the seeds and I waited for you to come back and you’re as thick as a post because ittakes time to grow and…”“WHAT DID YOU SAY ABOUT ME!!!” the Mr Kendall angrily replied“Well…” he interuptered me as I thought and he replied back by saying“You will be fined for that and I ought to keep an eye on you lady”He walked away and to my surprise he took me back in the mill. Also all the other girls were jealousespecially Vicky who was planning something I knew it. I was on duty making the match heads with thephosphorus with this kind lady that was in her middle age called Elaine. It was hard work and the fumeswere awful soon after eight hours something bad happened. Elaine and I were working as normal at themill and I looked at the white phosphorus bubbling in the pot and with a glimse and with Elaine inhalingit she fell to the floor with a bang and before you could say pepper mint Mr Kendall came quickly aroundthe corner and said “what are you doing on the floor girl get up”“Oh carnt you see she has fainted, oh is it phossy jaw Elaine is it” said Rebecca“Oh Rebecca I can not help but think about poor old Mabel, oh Vicky, Rebecca I think it is”“Oh shush there there you will be fine, well at least I hope so.” Vicky said kindly and looked at medesperately and I looked back.Mr Kendall make a kind but unfair offer and said “well she may have got phossy jaw but I want this tableworking in two minutes.” as he walked around the corner I think he heard me say to the whole mill “if Mabel died and Elaine might do ohh there there we are all really sorry BUT” I stood up and marcheddeternemently down the mill back and forth holding my dres to stop it catching dirt from the ground andmake my speech “shouldn’t this nasty stuff be band” I stood pointing at the bubbling purple phosphorusand they all replied “YES” and banged on the table soon Mr Kendall came marching around the cornerand said “what is this noise what stop this nonsense” as soon as he looked at me and saw me not at mytable he gave me the sack and I had to leave. But when I did the banging got louder and louder and then Iknew I had started something.