Duties of Cook and Laundress, Chambermaid and Waitress

Cook and laundress, chambermaid and waitress, if only two servants are kept, should work together, taking each other's place alternate on days or nights out. If there are three maids and the third be a laundress, she should take the cleaning the last of the week and relieve the waitress one evening in the week, and also help wash up the cook's night off.

Duties of General House Servant in House or Apartment

If only one servant is kept, and she is engaged to do the entire general work, she does not as a rule expect much time off. In many cases she has every second Sunday, and one evening in the week, and occasionally two or three hours of an afternoon for shopping. In some cases the mistress washes the dishes and makes the beds, especially on washing and ironing days, and on her Sunday afternoon and evening off. But no two households are alike. Rules differ very much.

Duties of Parlor Maid

In smaller establishments the parlor maid is at work at six-thirty. She opens up the lower rooms, sweeps and dusts the halls and parlors, brushes the overcoat and hat required by the master and lays out his gloves. On the day the waitress cleans the silver the parlor maid helps her wash dishes in the pantry and helps generally with the silver. She answers the front door-bell. She assists at luncheon when there are guests, and always at dinner. She keeps her parlors in good order, attends to the flowers, lights the gas and lamps, sees that the morning and evening papers are laid out and that fires burn brightly. In fact she does the duties of second man.

Where one man is kept, the parlor maid and he work together. She has charge of the drawing room, butler's pantry, washing of glass, china, and silver. She serves breakfast and waits on the door.