1 The fertilizer works of Durham's lay away from the rest of the plant.
2 Of course Jurgis had made his home a miniature fertilizer mill a minute after entering.
3 Worst of any, however, were the fertilizer men, and those who served in the cooking rooms.
4 The building had to be left open, and when the wind blew Durham and Company lost a great deal of fertilizer.
5 Jurgis was given a shovel, and along with half a dozen others it was his task to shovel this fertilizer into carts.
6 Jurgis ought to have been at his place in the fertilizer mill; but instead he was waiting, in an agony of fear, for Ona.
7 So he doffed his prison garb, and put on his old fertilizer clothing, and heard the door of the prison clang behind him.
8 He tried once or twice, stammering and balking, to the annoyance of the judge, who was gasping from the odor of fertilizer.
9 He drove in a patrol wagon with half a dozen of them watching him; keeping as far away as possible, however, on account of the fertilizer.
10 When there was nothing else to be done with a thing, they first put it into a tank and got out of it all the tallow and grease, and then they made it into fertilizer.
11 A man could get used to the fertilizer mill, the boss had said, if he would make up his mind to it; but Jurgis now began to see that it was a question of making up his stomach.
12 Jurgis wanted to wait for them, to help them home at night, but they would not think of this; the fertilizer mill was not running overtime, and there was no place for him to wait save in a saloon.
13 When, for instance, a man had fallen into one of the rendering tanks and had been made into pure leaf lard and peerless fertilizer, there was no use letting the fact out and making his family unhappy.
14 The month of May was an exceptionally cool one, and his secret prayers were granted; but early in June there came a record-breaking hot spell, and after that there were men wanted in the fertilizer mill.
15 In five minutes he was, of course, a mass of fertilizer from head to feet; they gave him a sponge to tie over his mouth, so that he could breathe, but the sponge did not prevent his lips and eyelids from caking up with it and his ears from filling solid.
16 There was a building in which the bristles were cleaned and dried, for the making of hair cushions and such things; there was a building where the skins were dried and tanned, there was another where heads and feet were made into glue, and another where bones were made into fertilizer.
17 In Packingtown the fertilizer is pure, instead of being a flavoring, and instead of a ton or so spread out on several acres under the open sky, there are hundreds and thousands of tons of it in one building, heaped here and there in haystack piles, covering the floor several inches deep, and filling the air with a choking dust that becomes a blinding sandstorm when the wind stirs.
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