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Mail Tribune 100: February 7, 1914

(By Arthur M. Geary)

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 — (Special Correspondence) — That the raising of pears is a safe bet for the Rogue River valley is the belief of the dealers in fruit of New York City. Southern Oregon Comice, De Anjou, Bosc and Winter Nells still decorate the windows along Broadway.

Most of them have reached the hands of the retailers. The California pears have disappeared, leaving the field undisputably to the Rogue River valley.

It is quite interesting to see the many familiar names on the boxes in the fruit stands and down on Greenwich and Washington streets. I had no idea, before arriving in New York, that the name of Medford would welcome me so frequently.

The fruit brokers and merchants predict a growing demand for the Comice and Bosc pears especially.

The Buerre Bosc, because of its golden brown color, unique shape, delicious flavor and ability to stand shipment unmarred, is more popular with some even than the Comice.

There are certain quantities of inferior Buerre Bosc pears raised in New York, which is a handicap to the Rogue River variety until the difference is found out.

A.R. Rule, manager of the American Fruit Exchange, prefers the Comice. There never will be a lasting overproduction of Comice pears. A season of overproduction would prove a blessing in disguise, as it would educate the people. There is not one person in a hundred that knows what a Comice pear is.

"A few years ago there was no demand for Florida grapefruit. After a year of low prices and boosting, the demand was increased many fold. Now every cheap restaurant in the city, including all of Childs' restaurants, serve them as a luxury and their patrons do not find them too expensive, although the growers are being left a handsome profit."