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LEMONS ORANGE BLOSSOMS
' x By H. M. Egbert
"Well, slr-.vyou cart-take your two
dollar offer for lemonsto the most
infernal hot climate you know and
you know where that is!" snorted old
Colonel Travers over the telephone.
He hung up the receiver and turned
to his daughter Molly. "That scoun
drel Lemaitre offers me two dollars
a box two dollars for my lemons,"
he snorted. "I told him, sooner than
come to such a price as that I'd let
them rot on the trees."
"But, father," the girl protested,
"you know you tried the commission
agents in New York last year, and
they said there was no demand for
Florida lemons, and they actually
sent us a bill for storage charges."
"They're all in league," the colonel
snorted. "That rascal Lemaitre
wouldn't dare to offer two dollars on
the tree if he didn't know that the
S ackers and commission men hold
tie whip over us. But mlet the
crop spoil, I'll cut down my trees and
grow pineapples yes, sir, I'll do
Molly sighed. Her father was very
hot-headed, and two weeks' confine
ment to his room, following a fall
from the mare, which broke his leg,
had not improved his temper.
"What is Fleming going to do?"
snorted the colonel persently.
"Why, father, as head of the Lemon
Growers' association "
The colonel went off again. What
he said about the young New York
man would certainly not bear men
tioning. Yet he cast secret glances
at Milly all the while. He knew that
the capacities for temper which he
displayed were latent in the girl.
Once he had evoked them, and he had
beeh afraid of her ever since and
respected her the more, too.
All had gone well with the young
Massachusetts man's lemon grove.
He had bought it two years before
and had at once realized that the J
packers and commission men be
tween them held the control of the
product He had Tost no time in
forming a Lemon Growers' associa
tion to keep up prices.
The first year had been a phenome
nal success for the organization.
Even the colonel, who hated the
scheme as savoring of socialism, had
been inclined to become a member.
But the second year there was a glut
on the market Prices "broke. Half
"That Scoundrel Lemaitre Offers Me
Two Dollars a Cop "
the members fell away, anxious to
make what little they could rather -than
sacrifice their crop, for the good
of the association.
The colonel was pfftteularlybitter
against Fleming because in some way
he associated the fall of prices with
the new organization's doings. As an
independent he, In turn, had borne
the brunt of a good, deal of criticism
among his neighbors. That was cer-