Category Archives: Servants

Servants and Lack of Modesty – August 1897

Some people are fond of saying that the lower working classes are over-educated now and that is the reason that good servants are more difficult to get than formerly. That is a dark saying to me for we have never … Continue reading

Posted in House, Servants | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Morning of Interruptions – August 1917

It was an intensely hot morning, and I was grating suet and preparing vegetables on a stone sconce out of doors. The bleating of sheep, and the soft scurrying of their woolly forms, just beyond the burn, reminded me that … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Ducks, Farming, Hens, House, Servants | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Crooked Dealing at the Hiring – July 1903

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, House, Servants | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Problems of Reading Servants – July 1903

Many old fashioned people are convinced that servants are not so trustworthy and do not work so diligently since education has become general among the lower classes. Perhaps one hears more of this talk in England where national education is … Continue reading

Posted in Education, House, Servants | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Conversing with Servants – July 1903

In modest households, where only one or two maid-servants are kept, and where the mistress comes necessarily much into contact with them, it is sometimes a difficult matter to have just the right kind of talk with them; to avoid … Continue reading

Posted in House, Servants, Women | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Servants Hours – June 1913

Domestic servants cannot complain of their wages, but I have always felt that they have a just grievance in the long hours of labour and the curtailment of their freedom. Probably none of us will live to see it, but … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, General, House, Servants, Women | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Male Autocrat – June 1913

It is the Saturday evening meal, and after some rough banter and sparring between the servants, the voice of a young ploughman is heard in imperious command, “Awa’ an’ brush ma buits!” We pause breathless. Will she answer him in … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Feminism, Servants, Women | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment