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November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Tommy Ashville (smaller boy), two years in Wylie Mill. "Specks I'm about 11." Arthur Shelly, eight years in mill, 14 years old. Other boys agreed he had been in mill eight years. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.