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SERV-A-NTGALIS)l in Cardiff is gradually approaching a climax, when masters and mistresses will rebel again the whims and assumptions of incompetent servants. Really good ones are becoming so scarce that one hears nothing but general complaints. The most unblushing I state- ments as to ability, &c., are made at the time of engagement; the last term of ser- cl vice is very often said to be very much longer than it really was.; and, in fact, it is neces- sary to make strict inquiries into all the statements made. Then too many servant girls are like new brooms, they sweep clean for a while-apparently do their utmost to create a favourable impression, especially if taken for a month on trial, but afterwards a serious degeneration takes place, and the servant becomes-to use a homely phrase, not worth her salt. Our remarks apply more particularly to servants under 20 years of age as they grow older they 0 1 become more sensible. The prospect of another place where the girl will obtain an extra sixpence a week or a pound a year, is sufficient to make the girl- servant careless and even saucy, and if she can manage to get away without serving the usual notice she is highly pleased. Some- times the girl's mother, from mercenary motives, takes away a girl from a place 11 where she is quite contented in order that the extra sixpence a week may go towards family expenses at home and sometimes ladies occupying respectable positions, hear- ing of a good servant in another family, will deliberately entice her away by the offer of slightly higher wages. It is impossible to expect good servants when such difficulties have to be encountered. But if mistresses would in- sist on good characters, and have nothing to do with girls who are given to constantly changing their places, a change for the better would soon be accomplished.

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