National Geographic : 1910 Oct
THE WOODS AND GARDENS OF PORTUGAL 891 THE ROYAL PALACE OF CINTRA The strange-looking towers, commonly called "champagne-bottle chimneys," are the chimneys to the great fire places where oxen were roasted whole an excellent protection against heavy rain. The women here have very full, short, gathered skirts, and though none of them wear shoes, or stockings, hardly any are without heavy ancient jewelry of gold fil igree, apparently of considerable value.* * In this connection it is interesting to read the following quotation from "The Tourist in Portugal," by W. H. Harrison, published as long ago as 1839, by D. Appleton & Co.: "It is not uncommon, in some of the pro vinces, to find women who have not a shoe to their feet, ornamented by necklaces of gold, some of them of great value. Mrs - , the lady of a merchant of Oporto, related to us an odd anecdote of a servant whom she had ob tained from the country. The girl entered upon her vocation with every appearance of being quite competent to its duties, as indeed she proved to be; but, to the great annoyance of the English prejudices of her mistress, she wore no shoes. The lady mentioned the cir cumstance to the girl as unusual in English The bodies of the dresses are mostly red or yellow, and a broad horizontal stripe of bright color often enlivens the skirt also, their brilliant head-kerchiefs being families; but was answered by the domestic that she wore stockings, which was more than servants in the country did, and that she deemed that a sufficient concession to the fastidiousness of a foreigner. "The lady perceiving that, independently of the want of shoes, the domestic's wardrobe was deficient in what her mistress judged to be very essential articles of dress, and conceiving that want of funds on the part of her new servant was the cause of their not being pro cured, kindly volunteered an advance on ac count of wages. The offer was, however, re ceived with some marks of indignation by the domestic, who opened her box and displayed a. wealth of jewelry, in the shape of gold neck laces, which quite astonished her mistress, and which was adduced as irrefragable proof that,. if she was not provided with the articles that were deemed necessary to her equipcent, it was. not for want of the means of purchasing them.'"