parent publication of Pencil Stubs Online.)
I am working at Armour’s creameries
But not a drop of cream do I see;
If old “Bossie” is on the premises
She certainly is hidden from me.
But, chickens at Armour’s creameries
Are slaughtered by the score;
And when the last, lone chick has been killed
Remember, Armour’s trucks are bringing more.
For chickens are carried to Armour’s by trucks--
Three dozen, I think, to the crate.
They are inspected, examined and graded
While an expert counts their weight.
There are chickens, red and yellow
Brown, speckled, barred and white;
There are chickens gray, blue and silver,
And chickens as black as night.
There are chickens old and young
There are chickens large and small;
But regardless of size or color
Armour’s slaughters them all.
After the chickens are inspected and graded
And placed in Armour’s crates;
They are carefully carried down the line
Where the hanger and killer waits.
These crates are carried by busy men
Up close to the death machine;
The chickens inspect it with interest
It’s the first one they ever have seen.
Next, the chickens are caught and shackled
And hung on a moving chain;
Which travels through a mammoth building
With the speed of a passenger train.
As each chicken comes to the death machine
A red cap is placed on its head;
Instantly it is electrocuted--
Next, it is stuck and bled.
Oh, Armour’s are so tender hearted
It is more humane, they say;
To electrocute a chicken
Than to kill it in the old fashioned way.
The dead chicks are carried into the scalding vat
Then on through the cleansing steam;
Again each chicken is inspected
To see if the feathers are clean.
Next, they pass thro’ the electric pickers
Then on through the picking crew,
Of a score of women, all dressed in white,
And ready their work to do.
As the chickens move on down the line--
Suspended from the moving chain;
They are scraped, singed, drawn and washed
And inspected, again and again.
They are washed both inside and out
They are as hollow as hollow can be;
When all of the workers have handled the chick,
Only the carcass you see.
© Carrie E. Joslin