Business: Piper nigrum

In a current cinema called When Thief Meets Thief, mention is made of a man who committed suicide because of fluctuations in the pepper market. Last year two top-flight British financiers went to jail after cornering the pepper market in an unsavory pool which rocked London's Mincing Lane. Last week, partially as a result of this scandal, the U. S. officially became the world's greatest pepper market as the New York Produce Exchange inaugurated trading in pepper futures on an equal basis with silk, coffee, rubber and other established commodities.

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