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The attractions of farm life were said to be especially strong for young girls. ‘... Perhaps also town life has a greater fascination for them than for the men. The number of country girls ... who go in for dressmaking is astounding, and one often wonders if half their number get any work at all. Welsh girls are also in great demand as domestic servants in England, owing to their character for industry, honesty, and cleanliness, partly the result of an early religious training, and partly (in many cases) of a bringing up on a small holding where a taste for work has been acquired ...’ ‘The watering and other tourist centres in North Wales are often the means of drawing good girls from the farms, leaving inferior men behind. In their new stations they get good wages, a large amount of gratuities and presents from visitors, and what is sometimes more appreciated, a lively, albeit a hard time during the continuance of the short season. The best girls are almost invariably taken to England by the visitors and in time are the means of inducing others to follow in their wake.’

(Royal Commission on Labour, The Agricultural Labourer, vol. II, Wales, 1893, p. 11 [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )