Sunday, September 22 1907 — For the Sunday magazine section Herriman supplies bookend illustrations to a feature editorial, one presumably produced out of New York. The editorial is discussing what was apparently a common practice at the time of employing young boys as industrial chimney sweeps. According to the editorial machinery was available to clean industrial smoke stacks, but it was cheaper to employ small boys to climb up inside and clean them by hand. The first illustration, “Simple Arithmetic”, echoes the editorial writer’s point that the children of rich businessmen lead idyllic lives as a result of the money saved by ruining the lives of other boys.
The editorial goes on to admonish businessmen to sacrifice a small part of their profits to end this practice. Character, the writer says, is based on looking at the big picture, not merely at the bottom line of an income statement.