236 THF. INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
with water. Your hair-wash is made fresh whenever you want it, and may cost from two to three pence.
The fragrance of the citron-leaves is delicious, and when you have rinsed and dried your hair, you will find it as soft, as bright, and as sweet-smelling as the costliest perfumes of Bond Street could make it.
In the good old times we were well off for servants in Manila. They flocked up from the provinces seeking places, and those employers who took pains to enquire closely into the antecedents of applicants, could almost ensure being well served.
Englishmen paid good wages, and paid punctually, hence they could command the best servants.
Personally, I may say that I kept my servants for years asome nearly the whole time I was in the islands. I had very little trouble with any of them. There are people who say that they have no feeling, but I remember that when I embarked with my family on leaving Manila, my servants, on taking leave at the wharf, were convulsed with tears at our departure.
A family living comfortably in a good-sized house would require the following servants :a
Wages in 1892.
Mayordomo, or steward, who would act as butler . 8 per month. Two houseboys, one would valet the master, the other would trim lamps and pull the punkah,
@ $6........12 a a
Sempstress or maid to mistress . . . . 6 a a Gardener or coolie, would carry water for baths,
sweep and water......6 a a
Coachman, would look after one pair of horses and
carriage......... a a
Food for six servants, @ $3 each . . . . 18 a a Maestro cook.......18 a a
American competition for servants has more than doubled these rates of pay. Cooks get $50 now.
The house-boys and maid live in the house, and sleep on the floor, with a grass mat and pillows. The mayordomo sometimes lives quite near, being, perhaps, a marriedThe house-boys and maid live in the house, and sleep on the floor, with a grass mat and pillows. The mayordomo sometimes lives quite near, being, perhaps, a married