13 APRIL 1889, Page 3

The Daily Telegraph of Friday publishes a paper on the

practice of dyeing hair which throws the oddest light upon some difficulties in the way of getting a living. It appears that old age is by no means considered honourable by all em- ployers, and working men, when asking for situations, con- stantly find it necessary to dye their hair. The dye-sellers and hairdressers all affirmed this with one voice, and gave instance after instance in which perfectly competent applicants for situations as 'bus conductors, &c., were rejected until they had been dyed. Young women in theatres, in refreshment-bars, in millinery establishments, find grey hair fatal, and are com- pelled, if that misfortune falls upon them, to use dye, cheap bottles of which are sold to working folk literally by the thou- sand. So great is the dislike to employ the middle-aged, that a dread of the feeling has penetrated into the entire servant class, and it is this, and not vanity, which produces the extra- -ordinary reluctance to fill up census papers accurately,—a reluctance quite as strong in some classes among men as women. Coachmen, for example, understate age quite as often as the cooks, at whom Punch used to laugh.