All through the city are scattered innumerable boarding houses, at which the prices of board vary from twenty dollars per month upwards, according to location, style of house, and accommodation. Board is payable by the month or week, according to agreement. In the newspapers may be found advertisements which will indicate where board and lodging may be obtained. The principal streets where the boarding houses may be found are Camp and St. Charles streets above Lafayette Square, Prytania street, Canal street, and the first block on Dauphine street from Canal street. The better class of the houses are on St. Charles avenue.
Rooms and suites of apartments are to be had all over the city. Many persons, especially colored women, make it a business to keep furnished rooms or "chambres garnies" as they are called here. Prices of rooms, lodging only, vary from $10 per month upwards. Gas is usually an extra charge and sometimes meals will be furnished. The best streets are Rampart, Canal, University Place (between Common and Canal streets), the lower part of Royal street, Dauphine street (between Canal and Customhouse streets), Bourbon street (between Canal and St. Louis streets). Rooms to let are generally indicated by small signs hanging from the galleries.
Furnished and Unfurnished Houses
Furnished and unfurnished houses can be rented by applying to the several Real Estate agents in the city. The rents vary according to the house, location and contents. All leases are made generally to date from October 1st to September 30th, but sometimes houses can be hired for a shorter period of time. The leases are always in a printed form and impose certain obligations on tenats. Rents are payable monthly, for which payments the lessee generally furnishes his notes, which are identified with the lease and are made payable at some bank in the city. Servants, white or colored, can be procured through advertising in the want columns of the newspapers and should furnish good references. Wages: Cooks $10 to $25; Waiters $15 to $30; Chambermaids $10 to $20.
Milk, bread and ice are delivered at the house. Groceries can be ordered by postal card or telephone, and are delivered at the house. Wood is purchased from neighboring wood shops. Coal, at any coal merchant's, is sold at so much per barrel, but in not less quantities than a cart-load (ten barrels). Coke is purchased also at the coal merchant's, at 35 to 45 cents per barrel in loads of not less than ten barrels. Gas costs $1.40 per thousand. Application for gas must be made at the Gas Office (corner of Baronne and Common streets) from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. and a deposit of $5 made before the gas is turned on. When the gas is cut off, the deposit is returned with interest added.
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