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s. si hsf i. i: $ VR m MOW A ' Fruit and Vegetable Traffic Is Now at Its Height An Early Morning Visit to Purchase of Watermelons j WRITTEN FOR THB SUNDAY REPUBLIC. Tho chances .are a hundred to one that you do not know the Immensity of the busi ness Involved In supplying St. Louis with any i of the vegetables, .fruits or meats which Is upon your table at breakfast, din ner ,or supper. If anybody who has no direct connection with these businesses, wishes an early morning walk and a novel form of amuse ment, a trip down to Third street at dawn would provide It. Start from Cass axenue along Broadway, down Third street from the Intersection of Broadwav and en to Washington avenue. An Idea of the magni tude of a city's appetite will be obtained The distance traversed in such a walk would not be great. But the pedestrian would be compelled to go slowly. He would m .iu- ui so DiocKod with wagons and . .... , "" -" u wun crates. UP u ,.,bUS'. ,mm that hIs Progress .. ........ ... jm..wiiK ones way throu"h n. Veiled Prophet parade crowd The ctnount of various kinds and qualities of edibles seen would be astounding. That ail UNIVERSALITY WRITTEN- FOR THR SUNDAT ItEPUBUG Back from the day'3 hard work in tho wheat Deld, the discontented parent sat flown to Interview the young man who vas home from college in quest of a brief va cation and more cash. "I do not comprehend the meaning of many words which have appeared In your letters," complained the parent. "For in stance. In your last letter you wrote this: Financial besltzes are on the blink again.' I comprehend tho blnk'; that is what vour education la on up to date, but -besitzes' is beyond me. Explain." The young man smiled a superior smile jnd gracefully lighted a tinted cigarette. xie said: "'Besltzes' Is a new word In the language nd can bo used as a substitute for all the other words-or. rather, it is a word which pay bo used to express the Universe in Its Infinite entirety and in minute detail; any thing and everything, separately or to gether, is besltzes.' Tho purpose of 'beslt ietf Is to relievo monotony of diction In tho Jlasslcs of the future. "Thus, the reformer will protest against the 'besltzes of political abuse; historians will allude to the ancient Roman 'besltzs' pf Julius Caesar; the poet will sing the SPfffiWiaMaia'a'air w shwIu ' 'oBP'1 ?h2H8SRmk81 K?w!y--SLMSW &? GREAT of it and half apaln as much is eaten each day seems hardly creditable. To Fee Third street when Its trafflc is most interesting you would have to -start out before dawn. like the tradesmen them selves Those who live on streets used by conveyances bound downtown can attest but too surely that Third rtreet activity be gins bright and early. That plop-plop of horses' feet on the pavement outside from i until 4:30 a. m. that is the farmer going to market. Most of them go to Third street When Broadway Is Blocked by Farmers' Wagons. Arise and try and get down to Broadway and Cass avenue about B o'clock'. At that hour business is at Its height. From Cass avenue. to Franklin avenue the street will be impassable, because of the farmers" wagons. Tlie gardeners are selling and scores of persons are buying. A large proportion of the city's poorer classes, who are forced to OF "BESITZES." sweet 'besltzes' of the springtide; even the parson will minister to the spiritual 'be s.tzes' 0f n!s flcci:aII tne various entitiss in literature, science, religion and art will be known as the intellectual 'besltzes.' But that is not all." "You don't say!" For Instance. In your distinguished person you represent mv nm .,,.,..,. .,. Ha! hat" - uca.es. "Indeed:" "And you are 'besltzes' in a general sense." - .. "Am IT' "You eat bes!tzes. drink 'besitzes' rnd engage in -besitzes.' Merely 'besltzes' com prises all tho -besltzes,' and It is very edd 'besltzes that you should be the 'besitzes' under the remarkable 'besitzes!' Ha! ha!" The young man laughed uproariously, for he was tickled by the fun he was having with his old man. As the latter rose to answer the dinner bell, he remarked: "Tou needn't go back to that college. I don't believe you are just cut out for the classical 'besitzes Toil can report for more appropriate 'besitzes' in the wheat field rlth the rest of us at 4 a, ro. to-morrow." CITY IS SUPPLIED s?ve pennies on taYds purchases, have found that it is cheapest to rise with the sun and buy direct from the gardener. Vour grocer or your butcher, who sells you vege tables or fruits, must buy somewherr nnd generally be buys on Third street. Some times he buys from gardener, sometimes from the produce and commission mer chants whose offices are on Third street. Whether from the one or the other, he adds to the confusion In the pushing crowd. and helps- make things lively until he ha enough to answer the day's demand at his ttorc. If you are conscious that you are not a geed bargainer, and that people "beat" you when It comes to doing the family buying. you will learn something by listening to the farmer who Is dealing with a prospective purchaser frorn Kerry Patch. The customer says the orice Is too high, the farmer says its ruination low. Buyer says he won't pay it; fanner says as he guerre the customer don't have to. -The would-be patron turns away; farmer calls him back and says he guesses he "mout" come down just a trifle. i Then they come to terms. Wagons Are All Heavily Loaded With Vegetables. " Every one of the thousand gardeners' wag ons you will see in this short section of street comes to town laden to the limit. There are cabbages, cucumbers, green peas, string beans, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, cel ery, lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips and cantaloupes. All this Is the green vegetable business, which Is only a department on Third street, and which has other centers In the city Union Market. Soulard Market, markets in North, in the South, and among the hundreds of hucksters who sell from their wagons. Walk a little farther south of Franklin, In the neighborhood of Morgan street and Lu cas, avenue. Such nolss! Such a shoving of bores, loading of wagons and general bustle. At one minute the quacking of ducks is uppermost In the -confusion, then the bleating of sheep, and then the bawling 01 caivca. .uuviwiiK urouna, you will see i ducks, sheep, calves and fowls. j The ducks are In crates. In which are I apertures Just wide enough for their slim i bills and long necks to slip through. They peer out of their confinement in a curious THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. - - i Third Street, Where Hundreds of Persons Are Intent Upon the Task of Buying and by the Carload In the Milk Depots and Cold Storage Plants. way. They seem to be asking tne where abouts of the pon.l they were sailing so serenely on juEt a few 1 ours before. Ite ceivlng no answer they squawk and demand replies. They get no attention whatever un til they are piled unczremoniously into a purchaser's wJgon. that cart.-s them off to the slaughter and then to the oven. To every ten ducks ther are 100 chickens. You will find enou.ch chickens, alive and rhirpinc on Third street to stock all the barnyards in the rounty. The chicks are i like the ducks In that they stick their heads I out of their cages and look wondeilngly 1 around at the. extraordinary scene. They , declaim against heing barrel In. bat their cries are not so shrill as those of the ducks. The chickens, too, ha-e had strange expe riences, only to face the hatchet and chop ping block. Poultry Tends to-Lower the Price of Beef. If you happen to step into a place- of business or get: a few minutes' conversation with any of the busy merchants, they will tell you that these ducks and chicks are performing a great service in the communlty at present. You will be told that the "poul try crop," always good, acts as a kind of brake on the price of beef. "I believe," said one commission mer chant, "that if it were not for the poultry beef would go to 40 cents a pound. Anybody with a small plot of ground can start a poultry crop (chickens constitute a "crop"). The cost of beginning Is slight and returns, are sure. The poultry business Is bound to Increase. Chicken always make a good meal, and if the meat packers send their prices sky-high weHcan fall biclc on fowl." Most ot the commodities thus far men tioned are supplied by gardeners that is, are brought into the city rom the near-by country. Third street's business also has to' do with vast quantities of fruits and com modities that are brought hither by fast freight or express from the South and West- This business- constitutes the chief trade of the produce Jobbers and lasts the " year around. The articles imported by rail vary with the season. The bulk of this trade is now In watermelons and peaches. The first peaches come from Texas. They are not very attractive to purchasers. This year these first shipments were received on May 50. Tue bulk of the early crop besln to AUGUST 10, 1902. WITH COUNTRY coiikt in about June 10. Still the quality Is not good. Peaches From Southern Missouri Find a Ready Sale. In the latter part of June the best of the Texas crop and part of the Arkansas crop begins to arrive. By this date the large freestones reach the market. They are the ones mest favored, and have a steady sale. About two weeks later the Southern I Missouri Albertas, as fine as are grown come in, but slowly. It Is In the latter part of July that the Missouri crop Is at its best. Many of the peaches you now eat are grown in the extreme southern section of this State. Peaches in the orchards near St. Louis, in Missouri and In Illinois, are an uncer tain crop. There is practically no output the greater part of the time. The market is sustained by Arkansas and Texas fruit. i In the latter part of August nnd early in September the Michigan fruit comes In. It Is valued highly, but St. Louis Is on the outskirts of the Michigan market, as the majority of the Northern peaches go to Chicago or the East. The California peach goes everywhere and is already coming Into St. Louis. It keeps well and is not put on the market at once. California fruit is not sent East In bulk until September. The freight charges on all the peaches which you see exposed along; Third street In the early morning would be a goodly fortune In Itself. Yet the fruit Is expected to pay the shipper a percentage on his trees, on his land and on his labor; to pay1 jobbers commissions, ana the retailers nroflt. Large Melons 2sow Sold Were Grown in Missouri. You will see thousands .of watermelons on Third street, but this locality Is not the center from which the largest number of melons are distributed. In tho commission, district, - smo dealers devote their atten tion almost exclusively to melons at this season. If curious about the melon business. Pro duce Manager Wllklns can enlighten you. He can tell whether one Is rlpa without thumping It or making a triangular In cision in it. In the first place, tha large, luscious mel ons you are now getting come from Mis souri. Three counties In tho Southeastern part of the State supply an average of 150 cars per day for a month. It is generally conceded that no better fruit Is grown in the United States. Of the 130 cars St. Louis is content with twenty-five to thirty a day. Tho remainder go East, or to Chicago, as the latter city has a penchant for Missouri melons. The Iron Mountain and Cotton Belt yards, r.t the foot of Miller street.are .he headquarters of the wholesale watermelon business. The cars are sidetracked there and unloaded. I No retailing Is allowed. The individual may j liliv n ffirlnrnt If h en rtrfres hilt nnt tn I or twenty melons. The Jobbers unload the cars and sell in smaller lot3 from various distributing points, of which Third street 13 one. At Merchant street and in Caror.de let are other watermelon depots. Northern Melons Are to Be Had in September. Missouri rrclons will continue to supply tha market until September. Then lha FOOTSTEPS W HEN the hours of Day are numbered. Ana tne voices of the Night SVake the better soul, that slumbered. To a holy, calm delight; Ere the evening lamps are lighted And. like phantoms grim and tail. Shadows from the fitful firelight Dance upon the parlor wall Then the forms of the departed Enter at the open door. The beloved, the true-hearted. Come to visit me once more. He, the young and strong, who cherished Noble longings for the strife. By the roadside fell and perished, "Weary with the march of life! They, the holy ones and weakly. Who the cross of suffering bore. Folded their paie hands to meekly. Spake with us on earth no more! And with them the Being Beauteous, Who unto my youth was given. More than all things else to love me. And Is now a saint In heaven. PRODUCE Selling Perishable Edibles Northern melons will take their place). About September 10. winter Is often fore shadowed by chilly weather. This ends tha watermelon business for the season. Thj unfortunate dealer who has a line of melons when tho "wild west wind, breath of au tumn's being" comes whirling along, must eat them himself, for he cannot often In duce anybody else to do so. There la much else to be seen on Third street, if one Intended to see everything. You will find enormous milk depots; whera great tiers of milk cans stand Just as they have been brought in from the country. These cans are battered and worn, having carried many a gallon of milk. The ma jority of them are brought in by express !n tha morning, and shipped back empty at night. The packing-bouses and cold-storaga plants are fields for separate investigation. You can see so much pork hanging up in one room that you will have no appetite for pork for some time. In tLe cold -storage chambers are to be seen every kind of ed ible. A high figure Is placed upon game. The photograph reproduced with this arti cle pictures a typical scene In a cold-Storatfc room. OF ANGELS. With a Blow and noiseleis footstep Comes that messenger divine, Takca.the vacant chair beside me. Lays her gentle hand In mine;. And she sits and gazes at me With those deep and tender eyes. Like the stars, so still and salnt-llke. Looking downward from the skies. Uttered not. yet comprehended. Is the spirit's voiceless prayer. Soft rebukes, in blessings ended Breathing from her lips of air! Oh. though oft depressed and lonely. All my fears are laid aside. If I but remember only Such as tt-cse have lived and died I Henry W. JJongfallow. Remarkable Rubies. The largest ruby known is one mentioned by Chardln as having been engraved with the- name of Sheik Sephy. Another nobla ruby is in possession of the Shah of Persia. Its weight is put at 175 carats. 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