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.VfjiiMSwiy?irB 3K.r ISHE -:r - - " HOW CAPABLE "MADAME FRANCAISE" SOLVES THE HIGH COST OF LIVING PROBLEM . N ? ' . A Market' Scene 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 possible. 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 French menu. at Montauban. 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 consumer. 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 A trtd it .t(&C4.