It is becoming less and less the custom for hiring to be done at fairs. Most people prefer to engage privately although one has just as good a chance of meeting with a suitable girl from among the strangers at the fair as from private enquiry or advertisement. Either way, one has to be prepared for crooked dealing. I could unfold a tale of our negotiations for the last 10 days with a new servant but these stories all have a painful similarity. The demand is greater than the supply and we cannot remedy that.