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1917 Excerpt: ...The plan in use in Rochester of penalizing the
child by making him wait a week unless he can bring a statement
from the employer to the effect that he lost the certificate or
that he wishes to employ the child at once is probably quite as
effective and more just. In this connection it should be noted that
additional protection against the misuse of duplicate certificates
is provided by the method in use in New York City and Buffalo of
having such certificates clearly labeled as duplicates. But the
problem of duplicate certificates can not bo completely solved so
long as certificates are given to the children instead of directly
to their employers. The office procedure itself seems in some
places to be unnecessarily complicated and confusing. In the
Manhattan office, for example, the child frequently is obliged to
be interviewed by as many as four people, and sometimes more, and
often he is interviewed several times by the same person; the
office is not so arranged as to make the order of these interviews
clear and simple; the child does not reach the clerk who has power
to accept or reject documents until the very end; he goes through
all the rest of the procedure before the literacy test is given;
and the forms, particularly different forms for transcribing
various kinds of evidence of age, and the many stamps in use seem
unnecessarily numerous and complicated. Even when the child brings
all requisites, he and his parent may be in the office over an hour
before the certificate is issued. The very fact that an average of
75 applicants present themselves daily at the Manhattan office
shows the need for as simple and systematic a procedure as is
consistent with absolute assurance that the legal requirements have
been fulfilled in every case. That in Buffalo t...
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