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              [newspaper clipping]
           Perique Strong as Poison.
IN many of the tobacconists� shops perique
tobacco, chopped into granulate form, is
displayed for use by pipe smokers.  This
is the same perique that has been grown by
Frenchmen and Spaniards in Louisiana since
before our Revolutionary War.  It is a jet
black, intensele strong tobacco, famous for
its flavor and its ability to wreck the nerves.
  It is grown and made in St. James parish, 
Louisiana, and the crop only amounts to
about 100,000 pounds a year.
  The makers follow the primitive processes
which were in use a hundred and fifty years
ago.  The stems are taken from the leaves
and the latter put into a box, under a heavy
gradual pressure.  This causes the juice to
run out, even through the wood of the boxes.
A gradual process of fermentation and cur-
ing takes place.
  At the end of three months the tobacco is
rolled into �carrots� and wrapped in cloths,
tightly bound with ropes.  It is left in that
way for a year before it is ready for mar-
  The flavor of perique is considered de-
licious by all pipe smokers, but is too strong.
The tendency of smokers to continually tow-
ard lighter and lighter tobacco, and perique
is now used almost solely for mixing with
very mild tobaccos to flavor it.               
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