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Servants, suffragettes, phones and yachts
1:29pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014 in News
Job prospects for budding servants were pretty good 100 years ago, with The Argus advertising scores of vacancies for anyone willing to sign themselves up to almost 24/7 backbreaking toil and very minimum wage.
A bold as brassy boat was turning heads in Shoreham harbour this week one hundred years ago.
Lord Brassey’s yacht Sunbeam arrived in the county on its return from India having left England almost a year earlier on a visit to Bombay to see his son-in-law Lord Willingdon, who was the city’s governor.
National news was also turning heads a century |ago as suffragettes reportedly set fire to Annandale Hall in Belfast in the latest escalation of their campaign.
Sugar, firelighters and brown paper saturated with oil were found in a room, as were a number of messages addressed to Irish Unionist politician, barrister and judge Sir Edward Carson.
The more things change, the more they stay the same could apply to the New Phones Criticised story 100 years ago with technology letting customers down.
New instruments installed on the local telephone service were labelled as “antiquated, clumsy, and far from being an improvement on the old pattern” by a clearly annoyed Mr J R Harris.
Other dissatisfied customers agreed that “the telephone service at the present time was not so efficient as it used to be”.
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