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French Economies

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Wlion a Frenchman in a cnfe puts two of the little slabs of white sugar in his ooffee, and tho remaining two in his pocket, it is not nieanness, but economy. Tlie fonr consccrated to tlio demitasse aro paid for ; and tho purehaser may carry them homo to tho canary bird, present thcm to the children of the conciërge as a means of niaintaining pleasant relations with that person, or keep tliem for eau sucree. Life is not largo as in tho United States, whore there is clasticily in the incomes. Hei-e they are fixed ; so much a year, month, and day. The lino about the budget of expense is rigid, espeeially in the case of small rentier?, who abound in France. The man of 3,000 francs a year rides on the top of the omnibus for three sous ; reads tho papers in oue of the amall reading-rooms for four sous ; smokes one or sons worth of Caporal tobáceo a day, in a pipe ; goes to the theater once a week for threo to fire francs, and to tho cafe chantant once or twice, whore his consommation costa him ten sous each timo ; he eats two-ftanc dinners, followed by that indispensable black coffee, for six sons, with one or two sous gratuity, at ono of the second-class cafes. The chief part of his time he strolls on the boulevards, looking in at the windows of the pooplo - nevor f ailing, under any circumstances, to admiro a pretty woman - and in sitting in the public Kardons, all of which is rrratuitous


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