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THE FIN DE SIECLE SERVANT.

The small house is doomed, though it may have to give way to the very much smaller flit in the large house. It is too oostly and, too inconvenient. Tho "model", of th.fr poor is but a beginning. Already It irn dudes provision for manv social services un« dreamed of at the time of its original founda> lion. It has a common laundry, a common playground, and often a common kitchen, which wants bat a touch to convert it into a restaurant.

These new circumstances naturally lm« port a total change in the conditions of domestic Bervice in the monster dwellings of the superior sort. At some of the great "mansions" you simply contract for tho service, -as for all else. The management supplies the housemaid, releases her from duty when it thinks proper, and sends you a substitute whose labors complete the circle of ministration. , So far as the customer is concerned, the servants are but so many journeywomen. The discipline to which they are subjected by tho manager is all the more endurably strict, because it is impersonal. It is rigid aa to the performance of covenanted duties, and as to perfect propriety of conduct in the "workshop," while, of course, it is based on proper guarantees as to general character. But it is not inquisitorial nor vexatious, and, above all, it ia not wayward. It is, therefore, perfectly consistent with the enjoyment of substantial freedom. Such establishments, in their degree, are rising everywhere on the ruins of tho small house. No wonder. Can anything be more-waste-ful, both of means and temper, than the old-fashioned street of eight or ten-roomed Englishmen's castles, in which fifty slatternly drudges rise at a certain hour, to light as many fireß, for the preparation of as maDy rashers of bacon and pots of illmade coffee, for as many meals ? One fire, under a proper system of management, would serve for all of them, with one cook, who would be no drudge, but a skilled and well-paid craftswoman ; while a few neathanded Phyllises would equally suffice for the labors of distribution. The old order of the kitchen is changing; and the new, to which it is giving place, is that of the housemaid's eight hours' day.—' Speaker.'

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THE FIN DE SIECLE SERVANT., Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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THE FIN DE SIECLE SERVANT. Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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