The author notes the problems caused when new immigrants receive bad advice before arriving in the United States. For example, some ticket agents will advise parents to manifest their children as younger than they really are, in order to purchase transport on a ship at a youth price. That being registered as the child's official age, they later find it impossible to lawfully get a work permit and are forced to become dependent instead of contributing to the finances of their family.
Bulletin of the National Conference of Jewish Charities 1913-1914, Baltimore, Vol.IV:12, ed. Lee F. Frankel.