CIGARS AND CHF:BOOTS are forms of ma nufae• hired tobacco. Cuba supplies the best cigar to bacco, the best cigars being made from that grown in Vuelta bajo and hence known as Vuelta to bacco. The greater proportion of genuine Ilavana cigars smoked in this country are not manufac tured in Cuba, but in Florida by Cuban workmen from genuine imported tobacco, under the system used in Cuba and known to the trade as 'Cuban hand-work.' This term characterizes a very care ful method, by which each piece of leaf is so graded that the entire cigar is of the same color throughout, with each vein of the leaf running in the same direction, in order to insure even and perfect burning.
Next to Cuban ranks the tobacco grown in Florida, while the product of Borneo, Ceylon, and the Philippine Islands is considered little in ferior. Persia also produces a good article.
Turkish tobacco is very aromatic. The name Turkish is loosely applied to the leaf grown in Syria, Pannelia, Karamania, and about the Persian Gulf. A light yellow tobacco is smoked in China, and some of it is exported. Very excellent tobacco is grown in Java and Sumatra and shipped to Amsterdam, where the best cigars in Europe are most readily obtained. Burmese tobacco is fair. In Germany inferior tobacco is produced along the Rhine, near Baden and at Mainz, and is used for home consumption. In France tobacco is a Government monopoly and can be grown only by those who receive a special license. These producers have the choice of selling their tobacco to the Government manufac turers or of exporting it. The best cigars made in Europe of European tobacco are those manu factured in Spain.