JUDGES OF TOBACCO.
Sometimes Lose Their Power to Discriminate in the Weed.
"Even the best judges of tobacco can't always be depended on," remarked a dealer the other day. "Sometimes their taste goes back on them, so to speak, and remains blunted for a week at a stretch. One of my customers, for instance, is a cotton man, who is very particular about his cigars, and one of the few real connoisseurs in town. When he is in good form he can tell more about tobacco on a superficial examination than anybody I know, with the exception of a dealer who has a big reputation as an expert. About a month ago this gentleman began to complain about a favorite brand of very high-class cigars. I knew the goods were all right, and advised him to buy something else for a while. He finally began smoking a pipe and used a cheap cut plug that be declared was the best thing he ever tried. One day, all of a sudden, his taste returned, and he went back to the cigars. At present the bare smell of cut plug will make him ill. Strange, isn't it? They tell me that professional samplers of tobacco take a week off every few months, and never look at the weed until they return to duty. In that way they keep in condition."-New Orleans Times-Democrat