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Oranges And Lemons

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When a young gentleman invests his two or tliree cents in an orange, or i person of more advanced years calis 'or a "squeeze of lemon" or "jush a sliaving of lemon peel" .n bis glass, the Uiought is far from both their lieads ;hat they are contributing their mites ;o an industry which last year imported into the United States at the port of líew York a total money value of those articles of over $2,800,000, ou which was paid to the Government a duty of more tban $560,000. Indeed, many political economists may be surprised to learn from the report of the United States Inspector of Customs tliat the value of green fruit intered for consumption at this port in 1878 aggregated $8,785,050, of which oranges and lemons amounted to 02,802,96(5, grapes to $232,000, bananas to nearly $400,000, and cocoanuts to nearly $200,000. The duty collected on these articles reached $060,000 the cocoanuts alone being f ree, The extent of the trafile may be imained from the factthat the number of oranges imported in cases last year was nearly 170,000,000, and the number Of lemons in boxes 218,000,000. It is evident that the business of raising oranges and lemons in the Gulf States may one day become very profitable. The duty of 20 per cent. paid by the importer is not the only proteetion offered to the home grower. Out of the case oranges imported last year more than (0,000,000 perished in the yoyage - a loss of 30 per cent., while in lemons the loss by decay reached 20 per cent. These facts ought certainly to ,-11 rase the rais;ng of such fruit at


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Michigan Argus