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Subject: Pipes Digest #95 - February 6, 1993

		 Pipes Digest #95 - February 6, 1993

Welcome to a new member:

	Chris Henry		(???????????????????????????)

And an announcement: 

			 New York Pipe Club's
		First Annual National Pipe Convention

		   Saturday, March 6, 10 AM - 6 PM
		    Sunday, March 7, 10 AM - 5 PM

		      Ramada Hotel Pennsylvania
		7th Ave. between 32nd and 33rd Streets
	  (across from Madison Square Garden), New York, NY

			    FREE Admission

I'll be there, hope to see you, too! -S.

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From: "Don S. Johnson" <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest #94 - January 30, 1993

Your readers may be interested to know that Iwan Ries in Chicago
incorporates a pipe museum in its store. Some beautiful examples of 18th
Century hand-carved meerchaums among others there.
I'm a writer/editor by profession and definitely enjoy Bill Thacker's
stories. Keep them coming and I hope other readers will join in.

[ Thanks for the word, Don! And see later for another story... -S. ]

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From: Victor Reijs <???????????????????????>
Subject: back issues

Hello Steve,

I am quiet interested in having the back issues. I joining at number
81, so if it is possible I would like to have all earlier messages (or
is that a problem).

Furthermore, is it not possible to have a ftp server somewhere? Is it
not possible to join that ftp server with for instance the
sierra.stanfort.edu (used by HBD-digest)?

Thanks for sending the back issues.

All the best en keep up the good work!


[ No problem with the back issues, Victor! Actually, setting up an FTP
area would be slightly problematic, and I'm happy to mail out the back
issues as I get requests for them. -S. ]

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From: NEIL MURRAY (Briar Patch BBS, 313-340-0814)
Subject: Pipe Files

       There is now an area in Files which contains more of the popular
Internet  pipe mail.  This area is called the Pipe file area.
       The next issue of the A&M Gazette will go out some time in late
February or early March.  I have a pile of photographs from the Los Angles
pipe show which was held in October.  I will use as many of them as
       The michigan regional pipe smoking contest will be in mid-march.
As soon as the date is pinned down, I will post a note.  All pipe smokers
are welcome to participate.

[ Hope some of our Michigan readers will be able to participate! -S. ]

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From: NEIL MURRAY (Briar Patch BBS, 313-340-0814)
Subject: Pipes and Internet

       Steve, thanks for the disk.  As you can see  we are getting them
loaded into the bbs.
       One of the folks asked about pipe shops in michigan.  Of course,
Paul's Pipe shop is probably the largest and best in michigan, if not the
country.  I travel the country on business and trust me, not many compare.
The next shop, nearly as good, is Humidor 1 in Southfield, mi.  It is a
suburb of Detroit.  Good selection of tobacco, cigars, and in excess of
10,000 pipes in inventory.......of course Paul probably has twenty times
that number.  I just bought a pre-transition Peterson system pipe 307 from
Humidor 1, a great pipe.  He probably has a hundred peterson's alone.
       Anyway, thanks for the disk.
       Take care,
               Neil Murray

[ Again, thanks for the word, Neil! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Norm Carpenter x3055)
Subject: My Pipe Story


Not to let Bill's family take all the pipe heroics in this mail list,
I just wanted to offer my own special story to the pipe group.  Just
to underline the importance of keeping that pipe with you at all times.


You know guys,

Bill Thacker's story about his great-unclebeing saved by his trusty Dr.
Grabow pipe reminds me of our family story about my great great
Uncle Randolph of the Yukon.

Randolph was one of the first people to try and settle the Alaska
territory.  He would often roam around the wilderness for months
mapping out the region, just his dog sled and him.  It is a little
known fact that the well known sledding command 'MUSH' was attributed
to Randolph.  When driving the sled,  he was unable to smoke his pipe
(needing both hands free at all times for the job of driving).  He
still needed nicotine in his system though,  so he opted to chew
tobacco whenever working the sled.  One day as he left the trading post
he started his team after putting an unusually large plug of tobacco in
his mouth.  When he shouted to his dogs to 'MOVE IT' he mangled the
words so bad because of the plug,  it came out 'MOOOOSHT'.  The other
sled drivers saw with great wonder how Randolph's team pulled with such
force that they all soon began to use the same command.  After a
while,  'MUSH' was the common command to use for starting a sled team.

Anyway,  it was on one cold winter day that Randolf was in the extreme
North of the territory.  It had been so cold that he had not seen
another living thing (besides his sled dogs) for days.  He was running
low on rations and was heartbroken over the thought of having to skin
and eat one of his dogs.

He had hoped he could reach an outpost in two days time,  if they all
were at their peak,  but the dogs had run out of food two days before,
and they were moving rather slow.  Yet,  Randolph pressed on.  He would
not give up.  He had just completed mapping the Northern sector and
people were counting on him to deliver his map.

Mile after mile slipped by ever so slowly.  Randolph and his sled were
moving slower by the hour.  Just when they were 5 miles from the
outpost, Randolph noticed that one of his dogs was not pulling any
longer.  He stopped the sled and stepped forward to see what was wrong
with the dog.  The poor animal had froze solid right there on the run.
Randolph sat down in the snow next to the dog took out his pipe so that
he could ponder the situation.  Unfortunately this turned out to be a
hazardous error on Randolph's part because as he removed the plug of
chewing tobacco from his mouth,  another dog froze right there on the

Things were getting a little bleak right now.  Randolph could not get
very far,  being two dogs down,  and he needed to think out his
survival options.  He pulled his pouch from under his jacket and as he
started to load his pipe, plop,  another dog froze and fell on his

At this point,  Randolph noticed how really cold it was outside.

His pipe full of tobacco and dogs freezing all around him,  there was
only one thing for Randolph to do,  he struck a match.  He placed the
lit match to the tobacco in his pipe and started to draw air through
the pipe.  No smoke!  He looked a little more carefully, adjusted the
match,  and drew more air throught the pipe.  Still he could not get
the darn thing to light.  Randolph shook his hand in order to put out
the match so that he might be able to adjust the packing of his pipe,
but the match stayed lit!  Taking off the glove on his left hand,
Randolph waved his hand over the match, no heat!  He put his finger
into the flame and found that the fire had frozen solid.

Randolph could not remember a time when it had been this cold.

Taking off his glove was the second mistake Randolph had made that
day.  The insulation barrier being broken between his body and the
cold,   Randolph soon found himself unable to move,  he was being
frozen just like his dog team.

Randolph would probably have died right there and not been found until
the Spring had it not been for the fact that he had sat down to smoke
his pipe.  Lighting that match had saved his life.  It seems that the
outpost,  which was only five miles away,  noticed a light in the
distance every night.  After three days,  they decided to send a search
party out to find out what was the source of the light.  When the
search party got to the light,  they found Randolph, frozen, sitting in
the midst of his frozen dogs holding the lit match in his hand.  The
flame was still frozen and sending out that life saving beacon of light.

They piled Randolph and the dogs onto another sled, and quickly got
them back to the outpost.  Some ingenious soul thought to try putting
Randolph into a hot bath to thaw him out enough to fit into a pine
box.  After soaking for an hour in the bath,  Randolph let out a scream
and started cussing a blue streak.  Seems that when they put him in the
bath, they didn't take his pouch from him and had ruined 3 ounces of
Cavendish (besides,  Randolph wasn't due for a bath for a month).

Well,  the people of the outpost were able to save all but two of
Randolph's sled team and Randolph suffered no ill effects of the freeze
(except for the loss of his tobacco which the owner of the post
replaced since Randolph was often a very good customer,  and they HAD
given him a bath prematurely.)

As for the match,  they put it in a glass case and kept it outside in
the middle of the outpost and it served as a light for the rest of the
Winter,  until Spring,  when the flame unthawed,  the match burned out.
Randolph was right on hand at that moment.  Not wanting to waste a
match,  he lit his pipe.

[ I smell a Tall Tales contest coming on... -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #95 - February 6, 1993
  2. Subject: Pipes Digest #94 - January 30, 1993
  3. Subject: back issues
  4. Subject: Pipe Files
  5. Subject: Pipes and Internet
  6. Subject: My Pipe Story
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