WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO A SERVANT GIRL.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, —Happening to be travelling on horseback lately in Central Otago, I took up my quarters for the night at the only “ hotel ” of a diggings township. The proprietor—a bachelor—was nearly mad with drink. In a colonial career of over thirty years I have never heard more disgusting language used than by this man, who was bellowing out at the top of a powerful voice language such as you would not dare put in type. It appeared that he, a few weeks previously, had sent to Dunedin to engage a housekeeper for him—and a decent, clean-looking young woman she looked. He was shouting out that he had had servants of all nationalities, and that all had succumbed to him but this girl, and he was not going to put up with it, as when he engaged a girl he expected her to do what he wanted. I was astounded, and attempted to expostulate, but was told that he would rather have some rabbitters in his house than a dozen like me. In his absence for a few minutes the girl told me that he had pulled off the handle of the bedroom door one night in trying to get in. I advised her strongly to leave tho place at once. She said that she had given notice to leave, and that he wanted her to stop till the arrival of another girl, who had been sent for. Sir, does it not seem right and proper that servants should require a character from their employers at the same time that their characters arc demanded ? It is certainly a cruel thing that a girl should he sent away into an out-of-the-way place like the one I am alluding to, and bo exposed to brutalities such as I have hinted at. Is there no society for the protection of servant girls in Dunedin ?—I am, etc., A Traveller. Dunedin, September 26.
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WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO A SERVANT GIRL., Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889
WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO A SERVANT GIRL. Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889
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