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Women servants (writes the San Francisco correspondent of the Auckland Herald ) are a little worse than they are in New Zealand, if possible. They are dainty, exceedingly ; require to see their sleeping-room before engaging a place, and frequently wanting the use of the parlor once.a week for their friends. A friend of mine told me a cook came one evening to engage herself. Her husband happened to be sitting in the room, and was infinitely amused at the questions of the woman such as “ Is the dinner always overby seven?” “Can Igo out three times a week?” “Can I attend church on Sunday 1 ” Can I see my bedroom ? ” “I can only sleep in a room with a northern aspect, etc. “I will show you the bedroom,” said the gentleman, and rising, the “ help ” followed. Arrived at a large, handsome apartment, he flung open the door—“ This is the only room with the aspect you desire ; it is mine, but I shall be but too happy to vacate it in your interest.” That “help” turned and walked so quickly away that a lamplighter would scarcely have overtaken her. T have had a similar experience, but then I have had also a Chinaman—so “hightoned ” that he took the blankets off my bed to put on his own, because, he said they were “ heap whiter ” than his. But, so far from John going, it appears, at present, very like his being the conquering hero in a few years’ time.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 154, 18 September 1880

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FASTIDIOUS DOMESTICS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 154, 18 September 1880