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HOW CAPABLE "MADAME FRANCAISE" SOLVES THE
HIGH COST OF LIVING PROBLEM . N
By George Allan England.
Marketing in France is, to a
sympathetic and home-loving '
soul, one of the most striking and
fascinating features of that sun
ny, fertile land.
With us, the market plays no
very active part Mrs. Amer
ican's order is merely a telephone
message. Everything is reduced
to as unpicturesque a status as
Not so in France. Every morn
nig Madame Francaise, her bfg
gray-colofed baske.t on her arm,
visits the swarmingattractions of
the marche" and with .her own
hands, picks out her meats, her
salads, her desserts, fruit and all
the rest of the wondrous ingredi
ents that go to make up the justly-famous
The profusion of edibles, and
in most cases the low prices
charged therefor, strike the
stranger with amazement.
No middleman here.
Each town has its own munici
pal market where the dealer can
bring his wares directly to the
Early each morning, long be
fore the French housewife is out
you see innumerable country peo
ple jogging into town behnid
their patient little donkeys, their
carts piled high with produce.'
Many of the old market wo
men wear their white lace xaps
with long strings wafting out be
hind. On their feet are huge sa
bots. Their busy hands hold a
stocking, half finished. As they,
drive they knit
trtd it .t(&C4.
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