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Employment of women in France.

--I am induced to say a word upon the very numerous employments of females in France which are not open to them at home. The books of nine-tenths of the retail stores in Paris are kept by women. I do not remember a coffee-house in the city the counter of which is not presided over by a woman. The box offices of the theatres are tended by women — not only those of the evening, but those open during the day for the sale of reserved places. The box openers and audience-seekers are women. And not only do women act as sellers in such establishments as are naturally fitted for them, but even in groceries, hardware shops, wood- yards; fruit shops, butcheries, etc. In these places the book keeper is a woman, fenced in and separated from the rest by a framework of glass. The ticket-sellers at the railway stations are principally women.

Women even guard the stations and some of the less unfrequented crossings. Women cry the rate of exchange every afternoon after the Bourse hours; and more numbers of the newspapers are disposed of by women than by men. I never saw yet a newsboy in France. In the porters'lodges in the city, there are as many portresses as porters, and a landlord would prefer to take for this service a woman without a husband than a man without a wife. In small houses; where only one person is required, that person is a woman. Omnibus conductors submit their waybills at the transfer offices to women for inspection and ratification. Women let donkeys for rides at Montmorency, and saddle them too. Women understand the moving of furniture, agree with you as to the price, and you find them quite as responsible as men. There are other capacities in which women are employed in France, which I trust and believe would never be accepted by women at home; a brigade of street sweepers contains an equal number of males and females-- Sketches of France.

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