The neatness of the New England housekeeper is a matter of common remark, and husbands in that part of the country are supposed to appreciate their advantages.
A bit of dialogue reported as follows shows that there may be another side to the matter.
"Martha, have you wiped the sink dry yet?" asked the farmer, as he made final preparations for the night.
"Yes, Josiah," she replied. "Why do you ask?"
"Well, I did want a drink, but I guess I can get along until morning."
The Japanese are remarkably tidy in the matter of floors. They even remove their shoes at the doorway. A Japanese student in New York was continually distressed by the dirty hallways of the building in which he lived. In the autumn, the janitor placed a notice at the entrance, which read: "Please wipe your feet."
The Japanese wrote beneath in pencil: "On going out."