charge being appended to the bill, but which shall insure them
against importunities for private donations. This desirable
practice is observed in the majority of respectable hotels;
where it is not, the following fees may suffice: 5 Sgr. or
18 kr. for the head waiter and half that sum for the porter
On the subject of the charge for bougies two opinions
cannot exist; the cost of lights should be included in the charge
for apartments, a small percentage being added if necessary.
It constantly occurs that the merits of a really good and
otherwise respectable hotel are overlooked in the irritation
created by this paltry charge. Not only is the ordinary demand
of 5 Sgr. exorbitant in itself, but the candles placed in a room
are frequently charged for, even when not used; and although
upon remonstrance the demand cannot be maintained, alter¬
cation and dissatisfaction inevitably result. If hotel-keepers
combined to discontinue this vexatious practice, they would
be conferring a boon upon their customers and essentially
contributing to their own respectability and interest.
Where the traveller remains for a week or longer at an hotel,
it is advisable to pay, or at all events to call for, his account
every two or three days, by which means erroneous insertions
are more easily avoided. Verbal reckonings are also highly
objectionable. A waiter's arithmetic is faulty, and the faults
are seldom found to be in favour of the traveller. A habit
too often prevails of presenting the bill at the last moment,
when mistakes or wilful impositions must be submitted to, for
want of time to investigate them. Those who purpose starting
early in the morning will do well to ask for their bills on
the previous evening.
The habit of putting clothes and boots outside the bed-room
door to be brushed is sometimes attended with inconvenience.
The editor was once unfortunate enough to be despoiled of a
great portion of his wardrobe through this incautious act.
English travellers too often impose considerable trouble
by ordering things almost unknown in German usage; and if
ignorance of the language is combined with unacquaintance
with the customs, misunderstandings and disputes too often
ensue. They are therefore strongly recommended to acquire
if possible such a proficiency in the language as shall render
them intelligible to the servants, and above all to conform in
their orders and requirements to the manners and habits of
the country. For this purpose Baedeker's "Travellers' Manual
of Conversation" will prove a useful companion.
Valets de place generally charge 1 florin or 20 Sgr. for
half a day, and 1—iy3 Thlr. for an entire day. This sum