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Every day, women are inundated with advertisements for miracle creams promising to remove fine lines and to make skin youthful and dewy, turning back the hands of time. We all know that there is no miracle cure for aging, but we continue to buy and to seek out new beauty treatments like Botox, chemical peels, and fillers. None of this is new. Women (and men) have been seeking the fountain of youth since the dawn of time. However, in the 19th century, with the advent of daily newspapers and the increase in literacy, a new way was found to reach the masses: advertising. No one did it better than Madame Rachel, a con artist who operated a prominent beauty salon, from which she personally guaranteed her clients who used her fabulous preparations everlasting youth. Among the money items for sale were magnetic rock water that was allegedly from the Sahara desert and water from the River Jordan in Israel. For almost ten years, Madame Rachel had Victorian women fooled, but it wasn’t just beauty treatments that Madame Rachel was offering her clients.
At the time of her first trial for fraud in 1868, Madame Rachel’s case exposed not only the thinly veiled anti-Semitism that was rampant in Victorian London, but also their fears of independent women running successful businesses. She threatened everything that the Victorians held dear about the role of women, who were supposed to be chaste, unpainted angels who needed protection. Whores, actresses, and loose women wore make-up and cared about their appearances, not the average Victorian housewife, or so they thought. Her trial exposed women’s dirty little secret: that they were willing to pay a high price in their pursuit of beauty.
It is no easy matter to secure quickly the treasure for whom you are seeking. Do not be in a hurry and take anyone; it only entails expense, much vexation, constant changes, and a bad reputation in the neighbourhood, because it is soon said that ” no one ever stops with Mrs. So-and-so.”
Better by far put up with temporary help than with someone who is unsuitable. It is a moot question whether it is better to find servants (1) through the medium of a registry office or (2) advertisements, or (3) through friends or tradespeople.
No. 1 answers well if you deal with a thoroughly good office where the head has a good reputation to keep up, and who charges a small booking fee of a is. or thereabouts, and then an engagement fee when the applicant is suited.
No. 3 is not always practicable, as it is a slow method, therefore No. 2 (an advertisement in a first-class paper) is generally the best.
"According to the FBI, there have been 129 confirmed white Christian terrorists in the last 20 years. That includes Timothy McVae, the uni-bomber, the Atlanta Olympics bomber and dozens of family planning centers and abortion clinics. Muslims? 19. Which would make white people the most likely demographic to commit a terrorist attack. So watch your mouth before you call me a terrorist or I’ll knock your fucking teeth out.”