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Subject: Pipes Digest #165 - November 11, 1994

                Pipes Digest #165 - November 11, 1994
                     Circulation this issue: 610

Welcome to new members:

         Antti Kalliokoski              (??????????????????)
         Phil Glatz                     (????????????????)
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         Brian Tarleton                 (???????????????????????????)
         Jeff Arrowsmith                (??????????????????????????)
         Jason Rothstein                (??????????????????????????????)
         David Frase                    (??????????????????????)
         Kevin Weaver                   (???????????????????????)
         David Frase                    (???????????????????????)
         Mr. Ezequiel A. Di Paolo       (???????????????????????)
         J. Riley Parker                (??????????????)
         John M. Duska                  ([email protected])
         Jason A. Wolcott               (????????????????????????????)

Well, the U.S. elections happened; results appear good for the
continued legality of tobacco (everywhere but California, where
Prop. 188 was defeated, 70%-30%.)

The best news is that Henry Waxman is out as chair of the Senate
Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, to be replaced by Thomas
J. Bliley Jr. (R-Va), a pipe smoker. Quoth Bliley in a Washington Post
interview: "Obviously, I am not as hostile to tobacco and the tobacco
industry as the chairman [Waxman]," adding that "For a while, we're
going to be awfully busy ... and I don't know how much time we're
going to have to devote to tobacco."

As a formerly fairly solid Democrat, I'm kind of sorry that the party
didn't get the message earlier: there is a price to be paid for
persecution. I only hope that they get it now.

Regardless of who you voted for, thanks to all our U.S. members who
took the time to vote on Tuesday! And join us now as we put aside the
political fray for awhile, kick back, light up, and discuss Brice
Catton, aircraft carriers, mangoes, Niagara Falls, flyin' into Los
Angelees (bringin' los Cubanos stogees), cannibalism, the Eastern
Shore of Maryland, Chairman Mao, truffles, and other mysteries...



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             Help Stop Prohibition -- Keep Tobacco Legal
                        Call -- Write -- Vote
                        Then, Smoke in Peace.

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From: ?????????????????????????
Subject: Bruce Catton

For some time I've been looking for a quote from Catton's early autobiography.

  Bruce Catton  Waiting for the Morning Train: an American Boyhood
      Garden City, Doubleday, 1972

     "...Terp's dock was full of official types whose cigars lent an 
     elegant fragrance to the clean air. One of the disappointments of 
     my life has been the fact that no cigar has ever tasted as good 
     as that cigar smoke used to smell there by Crystal Lake." P. 55/

it might fit as a filler piece. 
All best, 

Dennis Linehan 

[ With all these contribs, who needs filler? Thanks! -S. ] 


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From: General Jym Products <?????????????????????>
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.cigars
Subject: Cigar "SMOKERS"

Attention All Cigar Smokers!
 
We have been having very successful "Smokers" in the Washington, D.C. area and
plan on expanding to other major areas around the US in the very near future.
 
These "Smokers" are wonderful evenings of Cigars, Great Food, Refreshments and
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We are compiling our new mailing list for Cigar Smokers interested in
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We can be reached at any of the following E-mail Addresses:
 
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We hope to hear from you soon!
 
Good Smoking,
General Jym


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From: ??????????????
Subject: Re: Stogies on the Wireless

Peter Kukla mentioned that he'd taped Daniel Pinkwater's essay on NPR about
Cigar smoking. I'd LOVE it if he transcribed it but I realize that it takes a
lot of time to do something like this. Maybe if he could call the local
station to see if tapes/transcripts are available from them or NPR and then
post their reply???

And now back to my Arturo Fuentes Canones...

[ I think they usually give an address and number to get transcripts
and tapes at the end of the show. Or even better, doesn't NPR have an
email address somewhere? -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: Pipe Digest

Gentleman,

I am new to the Internet and I was very please to see Pipe Digest.  I am a 45 
yers old Internist residing in Western Pennsylvania.  My interest in pipes 
began in college, but alas I gave it up in 1981 to assist my wife in quitting 
cigarettes.

In the past year, I have started smoking cigars and have enjoyed them very 
much.  In my youth, I had tried cigars, the taste was never to my liking.  
This it turns out was due to my choosing the cheap variety.  I have now gone 
to the handmades and these are superb.

My favorites run the list, but at the top are Licenciados, Arturo
Fuente (especilly the Hemingway Series), Punch, Macanudo.  The more
body the better. My wife even likes an occasional cigar.

I am pleased to see such people as you devoted to the enjoyment of smoking.

as always,
Dennis Demby


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From: ??????????????????????? (Mohamed A. Noor)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.cigars
Subject: Some (relative) bargains on premium cigars

For those of you with the bucks to spring for premium stogies like Griffins
and Avos, you should be aware of a Chicago outfit, Old Chicago Smoke Shop,
whose prices beat the deep discounters like JR and Famous, and whose prices
for  most other smokes are comparable.   THIS IS ONLY TRUE, HOWEVER, if you
live outside  Illinois and can have them shipped; otherwise, you must pay
the 20% state tax.

Here are some of their prices compared to JR's.  Also note that UPS
shipping is FREE on orders over thirty dollars (I quote only examples, all
the prices on Avos and Griffens are correpondingly lowe)r:

                        OCSS        JR

AVO #5 (25)             $83.39      110.25
Avo Piramide (25)       $108.39    141.75
Griffens #300 (25)      $68.39      90.50
Griffens Prestige (25)  $82.59       114.50

They can be reached at 800-621-1453; address is Old Chicago Smoke Shop,
Mail Order Division 3300 West Devon Ave., Lincolnwood, IL  60659.  They
will also send a crudely-printed catalogue that reflects their commitment
to low overhead.

The salesman also gave me a bunch of interesting cigar information that
I'll pass on in a succeeding message.

Jerry Coyne
????????????????????????????

(posted by Mohamed Noor)


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From: ????????????
Subject: Pipe Digest

Steve:

The CORPS 10th Aniversary Show was outstanding.  All 90+ tables were full and
everyone had lots of fun trading, buying, and  trying new tobaccos.

We (Corps) are already planning next year's expo for Columbus Day Weekend.
The location has been very popular with the attendees, but we are rapidly
outgrowing the location.  Ninty tables tables filled the hall  and the isles
were very narrow (3 ft.) and with two people back to back trading with
opposite tables... no one could pass this traffic jam.  I have to admit that
this contributed a bit to the friendly and lively atmosphere.

Obviously,  the atmosphere was "smokey", but the hotel's HVAC System, with
the help of couple back doors being open,  prevented an overwhelming fog.

Here are a couple of items to update your  database:

Cornell & Diehl, INC.        Manufacturer & Distributor Tobacco Products
PO Box 475
Morganton, NC  28680-0475

Telephone : 1-800-433-0080 

Craig C. Tarler, President

Comments:  I have tried several of their mild aromatics.  Very good smokes.
They also sell cigars, handle pipe repairs, and sell blending tobaccos.

          ***************************************************************

Milan Bros.
Tobacconists since 1912       (Sold to Don Roy early 1994)
106 S. Jefferson St.
Roanoke, VA 24011

Tel:  (703) 344-5191

The pipe shop has large walk in humidor, very nice "smoking area" to
relax and enjoy your favorite, and has a very large estate pipe
collection. Excellent atmosphere to browse and chat.  The colorful,
beautiful 1993/1994 catalog has the history of the shop inserted with
the names of the mixtures and the prices.  The shop does an extensive
mail-order business.

The selection of blends is under revision by current owner.  He will
discontinue some blends and make available some of the blends that he
brought from his former shop in Florida.

Milan Bros. was named as "The Tobacconist of the Year" (1994) by the
Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers. The engraved plate is proudly
displayed near the "smoking area".

Comment: During my last visit (3 days ago) I selected some of his
better sellers and found that "Hillman" and "Presidential" are two
very fine smoking blends.  I have not tried: "Buckingham" (English,
obviously.); "Oasis" (Turkish); "Honey Smoke" (aromatic- that smells
nice in the pouch).  I purchased a new "Nording", free-hand...slight
bent. Smokes very nice without using any sweetener for breaking in.

I suggest that people obtain the current catalog while in stock.  It
is unlikely that the new owner will print the history of the shop in
the new catalog that is currently in the planning stages.

 *******************************************************************

I think that is all for this mailer.......besides, I need to refill my
pipe.  Always enjoy the Pipe Digest, keep up the good work &....

Keep on puffin'.......VEJ

[ And we always enjoy the great information you send! Thanks! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Personal Bio..

My name is John Mayfield.  I'm 32 years old and have been smoking pipes since
I was 15 years old.  I started with a good old Dr. Grabow,  and used it for
quite a few years.  I had quite an extensive collection until my family and I
became a statistic of sorts.  I was transferred from San Diego Ca. to Norfolk
Va.  I opted to have the government move our personal effects.  As fate would
have it our entire shipment of household goods were lost in a fire, so now my
collection begins again.  My tastes in tobacco run from mild aromatic blends
to full bodied english blends.  Fortunately my wife enjoys the aroma of pipe
tobacco.  Unfortunately being stationed onboard an aircraft carrier with only
2 smoking areas leaves me little time at work to smoke.  My tastes in pipes
run to the large freehands, I also enjoy the aesthetics of any well made
pipe!!  To date I now have 1 Meershaum, and 9 briars.  The briars run from no
name seconds to a Savinelli Autograph.  I also have 2 pipes made and signed
by Randy Wiley.
Now the time has come to sit outside in the cool Autumn evening and enjoy a
bowl of fine leaf!!

Smoke in peace,

John Mayfield

[ Welcome aboard, John! -S. ]


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From: "Thomas A. Hendricks" <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Success and mangoes...

Steve,
  Thanks for patiently helping me locate the back issues of Pipes Digest!  I
was fortunate enough to locate a computer lab instructor who knew what "ftp"
was and how to use it!  Anyway, I just finished reading Digests #1-11 and
imagine my delight when I read #7 which contained a letter from Ami
Silberman who mentioned Pat Callighan <sp?> in Champaign (a mere hour from
my home)  You know Pat?!!  I am rapidly discovering how much smaller the
Internet is making this world...
  Now I just *have* to try some of this mango blend Ami mentioned.
Goodness, I haven't talked to Pat for nearly three weeks! (I can tell him
you said "Hi")
  Also, for anyone in the Central Illinois area, I just wanted to say that
Bloomington-Normal finally has a tobacco shop (I just started working there
part-time)  I absolutely *hate* the name of this place--it's called
"Cigarette Express" (My friend Bob Gaydos, pres. of the Peoria Area Cigar
Society (cf Cigar Aficionado Fall '94) hasn't stopped kidding me about it
yet)  About 2/3 of the shop is full of carton after carton of American
cigarettes.  The rest of the shop has domestic machine-made cigars and Dr.
Grabow pipes and commercial pipe tobaccos (no Amphora here...)  The one
saving grace is the humidified display case of premium cigars (which haven't
even arrived yet, though I'm told they will arrive within the next
week--anyone ever hear *that* line before?)  It appears I have a lot of work
to do.  If nothing else, I am able to refer customers to Jon's in Champaign.
   That reminds me...
                        Peoria Area Cigar Society (PACS)
                        Bob Gaydos
                        Tremont, IL
                        (309) 925-5759

Anyway, I have decided to read the back issues one group at a time in order
to enjoy them slowly (like a Calabash full of "Cumberland Gap"--one of Pat's
blends)
       That's all for now.  Thanks to all of the people who sent me email as
a result of the Digest!
                     May Every Bowl Be Sweet and Dry,
 . .   .   .                   Thomas Allen Hendricks
..   .    .   .
        __
 :     /
 :   /
{_}/

>

[ PACS now resides in the Guide, Thomas! Thanks! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????
Subject: The Columbus Ohio/Niagara Falls Conundrum!

A bit of freeform cerebral meandering.
First, a hearty " Howdy!" to all the gentle puffers from my fair city of
Columbus, Ohio who seem to be increasing in number with each succesive
Digest. I may be reclusive in my pipe smoking habits, but I get a slight
chill knowing there is a semi-secret band of enlightened  subversives jabbing
at the underbelly of the  "meddlesome midwestern coalition to crush the
creative classes and suck up individual rights like a hoover with the heavy
duty beater-brush."
Before I slip into any more radical ramblings.... may I suggest a tobacco
mix?  I was at Barclays in Lane Ave. shoping center, here in Cols. and had
the clerk make me a mix of 1/2 cube cut burley ( mixing material ) and 1/2
Checkers ( a little concoction of their own. ) It makes a very mild, mostly "
englishy " blend, that smokes easy, stays lit longer, and smells , well......
not too awful!
And on a more exotic note: If a guy....say, somewhat like me, perhaps...
driving a car kinda like mine, drove to Buffalo NY and across the" happy
bridge" to Niagara Falls Canada  to take in the sights and, by coincidence,
purchase a cigar of Cuban extraction.Well..... where would a guy like that go
to enjoy a cigar similar to that,  in peace and harmony ? Any suggestions?
P.S.   how do I get one of those snappy footers on the bottom of my letters?
GideonH

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  C   o   o   D                ~~~
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    |    L<==== =   ~~~ 
     ______\

[ Footers? Do you mean signatures? Don't know about AOL, but I suppose
you could always edit them in. I'd be glad to send you (or other
readers) the full Snappy Comebacks file. Also see the Resource Guide
for some stores in Toronto; don't know of one right across the falls.
Can anyone help? -S. ]


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From: Alvin Kincer <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #164 - November 4, 1994

Dear Steve, 
I absolutely love this digest.  I am something of a novice pipe smoker, 
but with all the things I have learned while reading this forum I doubt I 
will be for long.  I am also a big time cigar smoker but my wife will not 
let me smoke them in the house so I am relegated to smoking them in my 
car whenever I am out and about.  My pipes on the other hand she loves 
and will let me smoke them in the house whenever I want.  My father is a 
pipe smoker, where I picked it up from, and sometimes carves his own 
pipes.  However we rarley see or hear much from each other and hae been 
unable to obtain one of his "home mades".  My big question right now 
deals with cigars.  I am preparing to take a cruise to the Mexican 
Riviera in December and want to bring back some Cuban stogies.  I was 
just curious if any one had suggestions on where to buy them in either 
Cabo San Lucas or Mazatlan.  Also, what can I expect at the port in L.A. 
concerning bringing them back into the U.S.?  Are they real sticklers for 
bringing them in or do they have better things to focus on like drugs and 
weapons.  I heard from one friend that the ship's purser announced over 
the intercomm that the officials have trained dogs to sniff your bags for 
them.  This can't be true, is it?  Well, time to go thanks again for all 
the great info.
                        Alvin Kincer
                        ????????????????????
                        compuserve 73563,355

[ From what I've seen in Cigar Aficionado, customs really has better
things to do than look for smuggled Fidelweed. But YMMV, and if you
get tagged it can be a real hassle on later travel. Your best bet may
be to hide them inside a bale of cocaine. :-) Please don't consider
this an endorsement of illegal activity. -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: a brief biography

Steve - 

Sorry I took so long to get to you with this brief self-introduction.  I
subscribed to the Pipe (& now cigar digest).  I'm a law student in Boston,
about to enter the actual working world, proably in intellectual property
law, which sounds more highfalutin' than it is.  I've smoked a pipe off
and on for the last 4 years, though it has been more off than on until
recently, when I decided to return to my tobacco roots.  My father has
smoked Carter Hall in Missouri Meerschaums as far back as I can remember &
he tells me that he began when he was 13.  When he smokes, he continues to
use the corncobs, despite my efforts to acquire better pipes for him.  Old
habits die hard. 

I didn't actually pick up tobacco until my junior year in college, when I
started smoking Dunhill Reds.  In my senior year i bought a no-name pipe 
which, in tandem with the Dunhills, got me through a senior honors 
thesis, turned in extremely late.  I was pleased to find that the years of 
living around a pipe-smoker had made most of the motions second-nature.  
I also found that the pipe made an excellent twit-repellent - I guess 
that's a secondary benefit.

I put the pipe down for about 3 years, though, and picked up the habit of
rolling my own cigarettes (Drum) while roaming around southern Europe.  I 
still roll my own, as I smoke cigarettes like a pipe, i.e. for the taste &
without inhaling.  Rolling my own allows me to smoke a rich tobacco, is
more portable than my pipe & requires less of a time commitment.  My life
is busy enough that this is unfortunately important. I rely on Leavitt &
Pierce for rolling shag as well, and prefer what I think is their Drum
equivalent (though it's richer).  I've tried Virginia blondes in
cigarettes, but find them tasteless.  I was very interested in the custom
cigarette tobacco recipe in the 11/04 Digest & would love to see more. 
With some time, perhaps I'll try to add suggestions.  Pipe-wise, I smoke L
& P's Black & Gold, which is a nice blend, but am open to suggestions. 

Have been happily cannibalizing the digests for cigar, tobacco & pipe
suggestions.  Right now have only one no-name pipe, which is OK as both
housemates are tolerant non-smokers, so I only smoke one pipe/day.  Thanks
for the great publication.  I tend not to mention my pipe habit because
I'm self-conscious about the age thing, so it's good to see other younger
pipe smokers are out there.  Thanks for the great publication/service. 

Here's to keeping it lit & minimal match use - trees are a valuable resource.

Jeremy S. Woodburn

[ Yes -- but remember to save the endangered butanes, too! Welcome! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????? (MarkH)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.pipes
Subject: Hooray!! new pipe store in SF Bay area (Menlo Park)

Those of you who live in the S.F. Bay area might note that there are many
fewer pipe stores today than 5 years ago. And many that are left are mostly
"gift shops", that sell a few pipes and tobacco. I have not noted a single
NEW pipe store to open up in all that time.

Well, I happened to be in Menlo Park today, near Kepplers Books. Around the
corner was a new (in fact, not yet open) store - 

Old Knickerbockers Tobacconists
Cigars, Pipes, Rare Tobaccos, Smoker's Requisites
555 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park  (415) 327-PIPE


I spoke briefly to the person inside, still setting up the store. From the
outside, it looks like a pipe tobacco store, not a gift shop. They promise
to have some stock of nicer pipes - I plan to check them out when they open
(possibly by end of this week - Nov 11) and will issue a report. The store
is in a small section of the British Bankers Club, for those of you who
know the area.

No, I have no connection to the store. I'm just glad to see a small
reversal in the trend (and another place to check out the latest pipe, or
try a new tobacco).

73,

MarkH

-- 

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From: ???????????????? (WINE BOSS)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.cigars
Subject: cigar calendar

I went to "Cigar Camp" at Blooms Cigars in Pittsburgh like I always do on
Saturdays. (See the Cigar Afficianado article on clubs in the issue with
Castro on the cover)  I had the chance to see the mockup of a new cigar
calendar that Mark from Blooms is putting out. It looks great. The
pictures are great (don't want to give anything away) and it will make a
great Xmas present. The cost is only $9.95 with 3 bucks for shipping.
Since this is the first year, he didn't print very many so call for yours
today. They should be ready to go next week. 
Call Blooms Cigars -- Mark Adams, 1-800-373-5681. Their address is 54
South 12th Street in Pittsburgh, PA  15203. They also ship cigars. 
Matt Green  aka Wine Boss on AOL


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From: Jack Hirsch <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Article by Walter Williams

Steve,

At yesterday's meeting of the Southwest Pipe & Cigar League, the subject 
of Walter Williams' recent column on smoking and liberty and related 
matters came up.  The article is attached and I have received permission 
from the publisher to pass it along to you for inclusion in your next 
newsletter if you deem it appropriate.  If you've not heard of Mr. 
Williams, well, neither had I until yesterday.  But I am told he is a 
syndicated columnist and is published in over 100 newpapers around the 
US.  And I must say that, after reading this article, I would like to see 
more of his works. 

Please let me know if the attachement "reaches you" whole.  When I've 
tried this in the past, it sometimes has failed.  Also, contact me if you 
have any questions about this.

Regards,

// Jack         ??????????????????

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Remember to ask "what's the crap-to-worth ratio?"
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============================================================================

A MINORITY VIEW
BY WALTER E. WILLIAMS
RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1994

SCIENCE AND TOTALITARIANISM

        Some of the world's most barbarous acts, from slavery to genocide, 
have been facilitated by bogus science. The Food and Drug Administration's Dr.
David Kessler, along with Rep. Henry Waxman and Environmental Protection 
Agency head Carol Browner are modern-day leaders of that ugly scheme. Don't 
get me wrong; I'm not equating them to Hitler. But what distinguishes them is 
a matter of degree but not kind. In pursuit of their vision of what's a 
"desirable" society, they seek to abrogate private property rights, personal 
liberty and rule of law using bogus science to justify their actions. Just as 
decent Germans built a Trojan horse for Hitler to take over, decent Americans 
are doing the same for a future tyrant. Let's look at some of the bogus 
science used by Dr. Kessler and his accomplices in their pursuit of a 
"desirable" society -- one that is smoke-free.
        Kessler's attempt to equate nicotine in cigarettes with other 
addictive drugs is fraud. Traditional definitions of addiction included 
intoxication. The behavioral effects of tobacco differ fundamentally from 
addicting drugs like cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Ask yourself: "Which pilot 
would you like to fly you -- one who's had a couple of cigarettes, a couple 
snorts of cocaine or heroin, or a couple of martinis?" Give me the cigarette 
smoker. Cigarette smoking is more properly labeled a habit like coffee 
consumption. Habits may be difficult to break. Cigarette smokers who attempt 
to break the habit often suffer the same fate of many fat people who work hard
and lose weight only to gain it back again and then try again.
        Dr. Kessler's able accomplice is EPA head Carol Browner. When Browner 
classified environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as a group A carcinogen, just 
like benzene and asbestos, her actions were based on grossly fraudulent and 
dishonest statistical methodology. Twenty-four of the 30 studies the EPA 
reviewed reported no statistically significant ETS-lung cancer relationship. 
Of the 11 studies done by U.S. scientists, not one reported significant cancer
risk. The EPA was aware of and ignored similar findings of the two largest and
most recent studies on ETS-lung cancer (Stockwell, 1992; Brownson, 1992, 
sponsored by the National Cancer Institute).
        But the EPA may not get away with its lies. The U.S. District Court 
for North Carolina recently ruled in Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative vs. EPA 
that the plaintiffs could proceed with a court challenge to the EPA's 
designation of "secondhand" cigarette smoke as a known carcinogen. Plaintiffs 
argue the EPA lacks statutory authority to issue that designation. Moreover, 
it's based on EPA data manipulation it knows to be false. The EPA didn't 
challenge Flue-Cured's allegation of data manipulation. Instead, it tried to 
get the court to dismiss the suit on the grounds that federal law does not 
permit judicial review of federal designation of a product as carcinogenic. 
The court disagreed, saying it does have that right and because the EPA's 
declaration has led to banning of cigarette smoking in thousands of public and
private establishments, it is "ripe" for review.
        That's why Hitler in Germany, the parliament in apartheid South Africa
and tyrants elsewhere hate judicial review of legislative or quasi-legislative
acts. And so do Browner, Kessler and Waxman.
        Whether you hate smokers or not, Americans must reject bogus science 
and attacks on the principle of rule of law, personal liberty and private 
property as a means to achieve a "desirable" society. If we permit it against 
smokers, you can rest assured that somebody else with another vision will use 
the same Trojan Horse in pursuit of his objectives.
COPYRIGHT 1994 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC. 

[ Reprinted here for educational purposes. I disagree with some of
this (it _is_ possible to get addicted w/o intoxication; witness
Methadone, and, yes, tobacco.) But a lot of it is right on. Thanks! -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????????????? (Brian Tarleton)
Subject: introduction

Greetings and all that:

My name is Brian Tarleton, and I'm a 21-year old senior at Washington College
on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  I've been enjoying the pleasure that only a
fine cigar can offer for a few months now (about 4 or 5) and I've found a
habit that will stick with me for a lifetime.   It has been said so many
times, but I must echo it yet again--there is some quite relaxing in the
nature of the cigar and the pipe.  It cannot be rushed for there is a certain
pattern that we all go through before lighting up, and I for one only like to
smoke when I'm in a certain frame of mind, although smoking does go quite far
towards putting me there.

As for particular cigars that I prefer to smoke, I decided when I started
smoking that I would purchase the best that I could with the funds that I had
available.  While I have not been able to buy a lot of fine cigars at any one
time, I have not regretted that decision.  Currently I like to go for
Macanudo's, Aurto Fuento's, Partagas', with a Romeo y Julietta being my (so
far once) highest-end excursion.  If anyone can recommend something in this
range, I would be indebted.  

Finally, I have a request for the brotherhood of tobak that seems to be
assembled here.  I am beginning to look into purchasing a humidor so that I
can buy more that a few cigars at a time.  Currently, I have a zip-lock
baggie in an old cigar box, but I would dearly love to move a step or two up
to something nicer--and wooden.  I just got the Davidoff catalogue in the
mail, but $2,000 is a bit out of my range.  I am considering around $250 to
be my upper limit, so, if anyone who owns a humidor could let me know what
they think of their respective make/model, or if anyone has a suggestion; I
would forever be in their debt.  I have looked at the FAQ available, but that
seems to deal more with making ones own.  

Again, thank you for your time and now that I've used up enough bandwidth, I
must be going.  I look forward to following the Pipes Digest.  

Cheers.
Brian Tarleton
(???????????????????????????)

[ I know the Eastern Shore area well, Michael; my mom's side of the
family is from Easton. Love the Crab Claw and the Pier Street Marina;
Subday breakfast at the Tidewater is good, too. Maybe you'd like
???????????????'s humidor plans (btw, Chavete, have you had any takers
on the review offer?) -S. ]


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From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal #6

Smoke Signal #6
November 6, 1994
?????????????????

We are glad, I think, that you are returned safely to your seat in
front of your data terminal, Steve. Pipes Digest #164 was a good
one. I enjoyed the news from Taipei, from New Zealand, and from the
chap who said that the lost art of pipe-smoking is rising Phoenix-
like from the ashes. Not only that, but the lost art of letter
writing and of the personal essay is alive and well here in the
data-stream that is the Pipes Digest. We of the Company indulge in
the gentle art of correspondence. Although I am an electrical
engineer by trade, I aspire to the writer's life, my favourite
medium being the essay, short story, and, of course, the letter. My
literary friend of whom I spoke in #164 had this to say about E-
mail and the Internet: "It's going to change a lot, not only in
personal correspondence but in publishing. In fact, E-mail turns
the clock back to the pre-publishing industry, preprinting press
days when literature was simply handed about. And when you consider
that there was a literary life of considerable richness in those
days it may turn out to be a good thing in the end. Might as well
restore writing to its amateur status. I'll miss the book, though. . . ."
This notion is possible, but only in a moderated environment.
However, E-mail is ephemeral it doesn't have the permanence of
ink on paper.

Smokers of cigars and pipes are an unflappable bunch and I suspect
that many are users of a fountain pen as I am. Writing with one is
a relaxation. Sure the expensive Montblancs, Pelicans, and
Watermans are handsome instruments, but I use a $15 Osmiroid every
day to good effect. These smoke signals are brought to life with
pen and ink before being typed into WordPerfect for polishing and
transformation into the E-mail ephemeron. Pipe shapes are varied
and there is one called "Author" to suit the pipe-smoking writer.

Indeed, the Chinese are a nation of furious smokers, mainly of
cigarettes. When doing business or travelling in China, make sure
you have a carton or two of the Marlboro cigarettes in your
possession, they can be invaluable for easing the tension of a
meeting or as a way of helping the formation of a friendship. Let's
examine the business meeting: Just convened, the atmosphere is
uneasy. Naturally, you are inclined to reach for pipe or cigar.
Don't do it. Be polite. Reach for the pack of Marlboro, open it and
shake some cigs loose, so that they can be extracted easily. Stand
up and approach each of the Chinese delegates in turn. Hold the
pack in both hands at waist height. Face each delegate squarely and
offer the open end of the pack so that they can extract a
cigarette, do so with a slight bending of the body. By doing this
you are being extremely polite and will thaw any iciness in the
atmosphere of the meeting, even if some delegates do not smoke.
Have your lighter ready too. Once you have looked to your guests,
you can return to your seat and light your pipe or cigar. By the
way, offer cigarettes to your Chinese guests in order of rank or
age: highest rank or most elderly first. A colleague of mine was
making a presentation to the brass-hats of the Taiwan military and
deployed his few phrases of Mandarin we had learned at class here
in Tulsa. One two-star general was so impressed that he went to
fetch tea for my colleague, a singular honour. Lately, I have been
reading Dr. Li Zhisui's book "The Private Life of Chairman Mao." It
seems the Chairman burned out his lungs with British made 555
cigarettes.

Coltsfoot is a good substitute for tobacco according to Georges
Herment, recommended by Pliny as a sedative for a cough. Marjoram
is another herb smoked in the past. Perhaps we will be smoking
these again when we are forced to grow our own.

What of that trove of treasure? Twenty-four years ago my father-in-
law, Doctor Donovan, died. He was a pipe smoker and a collector. It
was not the smoke of his pipe that killed him but a stroke. He was
fifty-six years old. Often, on a Saturday, Doctor Donovan would
while away an afternoon in Ted Kanaley's pipe shop talking of this
and that. He and Ted got along well together. Doc had wide ranging
interests and, as I have said, he was a collector.

Within the last couple of months we buried my mother-in-law who
died of cancer of the liver, aged eighty and a half years. As
executrix, my wife had to dispose of her Mum's estate, which meant
clearing her Mum's apartment. Since Doc Donovan's death, my mother-
in-law had moved several times, ending her days in a small, one
bedroom apartment. We disposed of five or six hundred books, the
residue of a very large collection. We found, amongst the remains
of other collections, two large cardboard boxes, one containing the
good Doctor's pipes, the other his blocks of briar that he intended
to turn into smokeable pipes.

Counting and sorting the pipes, I found close to one hundred of
good quality and a couple of brochures. Doctor Donovan knew what he
was doing as most of these pipes were straight grained. There were:
Barling, Baron, Bewley, Castello, Charatan, Comoy, Dr. Plumb,
Dunhill, GBC, Hilson, Jobey, Jost, Kaywoodie, London Pipe Company,
M & L, Sasieni, Savinelli, Ted's, Town Hall, Trocadero, WDC, and a
couple of dozen without pipe maker's mark. It took me a day or two
to get my bearings before I knew which way to turn. Also, there was
a broken meerschaum Calabash, and a carved meerschaum bowl that
looked like one I saw in Dunhill's "The Pipe Book."

Not all of the pipes appealed to me. Most had bowls of large size
that would give me a longer smoke than I like. I managed to choose
a dozen that took my fancy, sent a few to my nephew-in-law in
Minnesota, and gave a selection to my brother-in-law who should try
to wean himself from cigarettes; already his lungs sound like the
tail-end of a wet-smoking pipe. After this weeding, there were
fifty-nine remaining that I took to Mrs. Kanaley at Ted's Pipe
Shop, along with the forty-three sawn but undrilled blocks of
briar. Mrs. Kanaley said that seeing these pipes coming back
signalled the end of an era.

Ted Kanaley died of congestive heart failure a couple of years
after Doctor Donovan. Mrs. Kanaley told me that Ted was often asked
when he was going to retire. He replied that he was retired. People
would ask him: "What about the shop?" He would reply: "When I can't
get the key in the door, I guess I'll have to get someone to open
it for me. Ted was sixty-five when he died and he is remembered as
a happy man. As we see from the quotation of Lin Yutang in #164: "A
smoker may have dirtier fingernails, but that is no matter when his
heart is warm. . . And most important of all, a man with a pipe in
his mouth is always happy, and after all, happiness is the greatest
of all moral virtues."

Most of these pipes had vulcanite mouthpieces with oxidised
surfaces. Carl Ehwa Jr. in his "The Book of Pipes and Tobacco"
recommends baking soda used with a soft toothbrush to removed
oxidation. I imagine that this treatment, coupled with an olive oil
finish, would restore vulcanite to its original lustre.

Including the pipes, there were two pipe racks of no use to the
large collection. One was broken and looked as though it had been
a school wood-shop project. A two-tier rack holding seven pipes,
one for each day, and sporting three drawers for storage of
accessories, it is never-the-less a nice piece of furniture. I
restored it and hung it on the wall of my study. Less fancy was the
other rack, straight with a six-pipe capacity for the person of
religious mind disinclined to smoke on the Sabbath. I gave this one
to my brother-in-law.

One interesting pipe was a small bowl billiard with silver-ferrule
and inlaid into the bowl the intertwined letters ND, the silver
device identifying Notre Dame University where Doctor Donovan took
his degree in the 30s.

As I said, there were two brochures from twenty-five to thirty
years ago. We can look at these in my next puff when I will bring
before the Company Carl Ehwa's "The Book of Pipes and Tobacco," and
since it is out of print, I will quote from his problem solving
chapter. In addition we will talk about McClelland tobacco and note
the connection with Mr. Ehwa.

Andrew
?????????????????

[ Wonderful, Andrew! Thanks! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????? (Dickland)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.cigars
Subject: Re: LA cigar clubs/Bars

In article <????????????????????????????>, ?????????????????? (The
Zekeman) writes:

There is a new smoking club in Redondo Beach called the Bombay Cigar
Society, 209 Avenue "i" 798-6568. 

[ Since this was a newsgroup article, I don't have the area code. But
anyone in the area cshould be able to find the club easily, I'd think.
-S. ]


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From: Michael Bywater <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Poop

The Pipes Digest has been pinging into my mailbox for a few weeks now,
and I observe that there seems to be a tradition (and even that
happens faster these days - it once took a hundred or more years to
establish a tradition) for newcomers to contribute a sort of
nicotinophiliac biography and list of personal bigotries...

I think I shall keep mine short, for two very good reasons. First, Im
a writer by trade, and we generically hate writing stuff except for
money. Second, I am about to start work on a book in which tobacco is
a central theme, and I have a horror of talking out a story before its
on paper.  Enough to say it was sparked off by my discovering two
things in the space of a day. The first was the Tabakspfeife song in J
S Bachs Anna Magdalena Notebook (Im also a harpsichordist, and we
performed it as an encore recently -- curious that it popped up in the
last Digest); and the second was hearing that a man who recently
bought an old house in Germany to turn into a luxury brothel was
stripping back some of the panelling when he uncovered a 17th-century
manuscript book containing the diaries of an earlier Madame
interspersed with names of customers, price-lists and so on.

A pound of Dunhills Elizabethan Mixture for anyone who can deduce the
plot from those two first principles.  Hell, even _I_ am not yet sure,
and Im writing the thing...

Ho hum. Biographical stuff? I am forty years old and how horrible that
sounds.  The passage of time is one of Gods less successful little
jokes, but never mind; at least I cant complain Ive been unfairly
singled out... Been smoking a pipe since I was fifteen; I discovered a
packet of Condor Long Cut (a black and mephitic English lung-ripper
appropriately named after a bird which thrives on corpses) at the bus
station.  I stuck this in an old cough-sweet tin while I saved up for
a pipe. In around six weeks I had saved the 12/6d needed to buy a
billiard briar called Airborne, which was also just about the right
length of time for my tobacco to dry out to a gunpowder consistency.
I sat in the market square of my home town and filled this damned
pipe. The tobacco just turned to dust as I packed it in; I think I
rammed about half-an-ounce into the bowl altogether.  I didnt so much
light it as let it off, and then wandered round town, a
fifteen-year-old schoolboy, clouds of black smoke belching out of this
thing the size of a small wind instrument, and me wondering why
everyone was looking at me and deciding it was admiration at my
dashing and manly appearance.

I could only indulge myself with one hour of olympian vomiting in the
plush jakes of Griffin & Spalding, the towns swishest department
store, before crawling off to my piano lesson.  It was ghastly.  I was
supposed to be playing the Richard Strauss Cello Sonata with a girl of
other-worldly beauty, now a celebrated soloist so well leave her name
out.  I desperately wanted to impress her with my virtuosity, in the
misguided and callow belief that shed think Merciful heavens, this
bugger can certainly rattle the old joanna-strings, perhaps I will
slip out of my clothes.

But it was not to be.  I managed the first three chords, then came
apart at the lungs, other viscera being subsequently embraced in my
general dissolution.  Fortunately, our teacher was German.  The
English, as their national malady, have A Bit Of A Cold.  The French
have the Liver Crisis. Americans, a spiritual people, have
disturbances of the psyche unless they can prove whiplash. But Germans
have something called The System, which is prone to Collapse. Mrs
Reiche rose to the occasion magnifcently. Dollink, said my teacher,
Your Zystem hes COLLEPSED. So, trink zis, and handed me a cup of cider
vinegar.  Then an encore of colaratura heaving in her bathroom before
I finally went home, apple-green and hooked for life.

So I suppose I have been smoking a pipe now for - it is horrible to
face this - a quarter of a century.  I think I can remember every pipe
I have owned, although many have mysteriously vanished, including, to
my sorrow, a Bavarian job in - unwittingly, I believe - the shape of a
toilet, complete with lid and chain.  I have about forty-odd pipes
now, mostly Dunhills, with a few by Peterson and Charatan, a few from
Astley of Jermyn Street, a couple of Ashtons and a couple of
Davidoffs.  I shant be buying any more Dunhills; the company is now
owned by some Japanese financiers and the quality is really not what
it was, financiers being what *they* are; they are far more interested
in selling rather disagreeable clothes (and I find it unsatisfactory
to buy my clothes from my tobacconist; Two ounces of London Mixture
and a tweed jacket, please? I think not.) But some of my Dunhills are
real treasures, particularly a glorious Hungarian which holds about an
ounce of tobacco and looks like a gnarled and beastly scrotum, a
silver-spigot bent bulldog, and a square-sided billiard (traditionally
the preferred shape of British Jesuits, for some reason). I also have
a few meerschaums, the prize being a 19th century one in a simple
Dublin shape which was given to me by an old girlfriend who found it,
new and unsmoked, still in its original box.  I suppose that makes it
a collectors item, but to hell with that; it is now smoke-bronzed and
well-loved.

Everyone has their own opinion about the best pipemakers.  My money is
on Ashton and Astley, the latter being still a private business with
just one small but extraordinary shop in Londons St Jamess.  They do
pipes to order, and made me a splendid straight-grain cutty which is
another prized pipe.  When I finish my current book -- about my
travels around the Australian outback in a Cessna 182, accompanied
only by four pounds of Royal Yacht tobacco and a little reproduction
of the first pipe Dunhill ever made (another collectors item which I
have smoked rather than collected - and incidentally it does _not_
have the famous White Spot, which was a later invention) -- my reward
to myself will be a silver-capped square-shank Dublin from Astley in
grade A straight-grain Algerian briar.

Tobacco... oh, tobacco.  The ones I remember fondly have all vanished
or changed.  The paradisiac Sobranie Flake, Exmoor Hunt, No-Name, John
Cotton, Benson & Hedges Special Cut Plug, Barling Royal Hunt and, of
course, Babys Bottom (Smooth as a..., you see, but of course you
couldnt call it that now, anyway; and why isnt there one called
Politicians Tongue, I wonder?) no longer exist.  McConnells and
Rattrays are no longer made by their original blenders and have
changed their character utterly and for the worse (gosh, I remember
Red Raparee when it _was_ Red Raparee; now its just _called_ Red
Raparee) as have the Four Square blends.  Clan has lost its character
and its bite; Troost is no longer made in Holland, since the factory
burned down (hundreds of people gathered round to inhale from the
conflagration) and is no longer worth buying.  And now Copes Escudo
seems to have disappeared forever, at least on this side of the
Atlantic.

There are a few new blends which I welcome with open arms.  The
Larsens #32 and #50 are masterpieces; some of the newer Amphora blends
have what it takes, particularly the Cesare Borgia (though what a
silly name!) and I have just found something called Nappa Valley,
another Danish tobacco flavoured with Cabernet Sauvignon added.  But
mostly its the tried-and-true favourites for me: Royal Yacht as a
day-in, day-out smoke; Dunhills Elizabethan, Nightcap or Three Nuns
for evening smoking, with the spiced piquancy of prique; Balkan
Sobranie or one of the Dunhill latakia mixtures with a cup of Lapsang
Souchong tea when I want to go into a trance of absolute relaxation (I
find the flavours complementary); and a plain virginia flake - my
local tobacconists own, or Dunhills if Im away - for plain virginia
days.

Well now.  Thats quite enough.  I said Id keep it short, but havent.
Logorrhoea is the curse of my trade.  Smoke, as they say, in peace.
And one final thought: I have it on police authority that the best
thing you can do if brought in for questioning is pull out your
pipe. Police experience apparently suggests that criminals are never
pipe-smokers, and therefore (by false but perhaps useful logic) they
assume that pipe-smokers are never criminals.

[ I must admit to mystification, but I'll give it a shot... Here I'll
take some editorial privilege and try for the baccy first. 

Some time after its discovery, the diary is stolen and its owner
murdered. Our Hero: Inspector Calabash. Clue at the scene of the
crime, perhaps clutched in the owner's overly-melodramatic fist: a
color photographic copy of the Tabakspfeife song, in original
manuscript, definitely in Bach's hand, and dated earlier than any
previously known version.

It turns out that the original from which the copy was made had been
glued inside the binding of the diary. The current owner had found it,
and tried to sell it. He had talked to the wrong people.

Inspector Calabash discovers that Bach was, in his youth, a patron of
the Madame's establishment (I know this is an anachronism, but let's
rewrite history a little here :-), under an assumed name. He sometimes
paid the Madame with now-unknown pieces for harpsichord, in lieu of
cash. The Madame had hiden these away, too -- not in the same
house. They would be priceless if they could be found. The diary gives
a clue to their whereabouts.

Inspector Calabash races the murderer to the place of concealment --
presently also a house of ill repute. A struggle ensues, etc...

BTW, can I claim the pound of Elizabethian if I at least come up with
a _good_ story line? :-) -S. ]


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From: "Thomas A. Hendricks" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re:  reply safely! & news

Here is the information I promised earlier this week:
           Jon's Pipe Shop
           509 E. Green St.
           Champaign, IL 61820
           (217) 344-3459
           Pat Callaghan, Tobacconist
           open 11-6 Monday-Saturday

           Eastwold Smoke Shop
           136 S. Phillips Ave
           Sioux Falls, SD 57102
           (603) 332-2071
           1-800-606-2071
           open 8-6 Monday-Friday
                9-5 Saturday

During the summer of 1994, Eastwold Smoke Shop was my home away from home
away from home--that is, when I attended the Summer School for Designing
Society (courtesy of the Performers' Workshop Ensemble at the U of I in
Urbana) I practically lived in the shop...As part of an assignment in
observation, I was asked to observe a place, any place (heh, heh) for three
hours a day for as many days as possible.  What a trip!  The result, a
60-page handwritten discourse of the goings-on at a large smokeshop and new
Peterson Kilarney I purchased to congratulate myself on such hard work :-{)>
   The nicest thing about this shop's location in South Dakota is it's lack
of a state tobacco tax (*please* correct me if I'm wrong!)  They also have a
really nice brochure which lists all of the items they sell (right down to
each brand of pipe-cleaners they carry!)  I think the last time I counted,
there were 122 cigar brands listed.  They also carry certain commercial/high
grade tobaccos in bulk, such as Captain Black (aka "Ed's Delicado") and
Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe (aka "10 Downing Street")
   If anyone *does* decide to give Eastwold a call (it's an 800 number after
all) please tell them you heard about it from "that guy who used to take all
those notes in your shop last summer"  I think they'll enjoy it!
  Ask to talk to Gene, Lee, or Paul and they'll be glad to help you out!
                             Hope I've been helpful!
                           Thomas Allen Hendricks

[ Thanks! I've dealt with Pat Calligan before, by mail -- most
helpful. -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????????????????????? (Franz Peter Seiler)
Subject: Source for DANISH Truffel needed

Hello friends,

I recently smoked a good tobacco called "DANISH Truffel". It was in a
metal box with light (white) colours. My friend who let me try this
got it from somewhere in the csech republic. Can anyone tell me where
I can get it in Austria (preferred in Vienna) or in Bavaria (Bayern,
Germany) as I am also sometimes in Salzburg or close to this place.

Any help appreciated.

Greetings,

Franz Peter Seiler


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From: ?????????????????? (Antti Kalliokoski)
Subject: My way

Hi all pipe smokers!

I'm so pleased to join in this group.

I live in Finland ( in Scandinavia, Northern Europe). We have here
maybe the srictest laws in Europe concerning smoking.

I'm a professor in the University of Tampere and when I feel that the
moment for pipe has come I must exit my room and go out (maybe -30
centigrades) for a puff. So that's how it goes.

I smoke mainly Italian (Savinelli), Irish (Peterson) and Danish (Royal 
Danish) pipes.

What's your opinion about Italian pipes? I'm extremely interested to
know your experiences about Savinelli (f.ex.model: "Rome") system
pipes, which use a small balsa-wood-stick as a filter in the stem.

Personally I find them quite pleasing; easy to smoke, the condense
evaporates in balsa, and puffs come in "loud and clear".

I've been smoking Amphora Regular (the one in brown pouch) for a
couple of years.  This is another question I will put to you,
fellow-pipesmokers: Can you recommend a milder blend (I mean less
nicothine), but one that has equal class of tobacco and smoking
quality?

That's for a start. I look forward to communicate about these nice
things we all like so much.

        Yours
        Antti Kalliokoski ( in Finland, Europe) 

[ Welcome, Antti! Sounds like the Finnish law is even worse than the
US ones. -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Pipe Mailgroup

Steve,

Have now figured out how to use Delphi's version of an interface, but it still
cuts of messages before they reach their end.  AOL looks like it is the safer
bet right now until I find the answer.  I am trying out NETCOM.COM in the
meantime with the name SBWYMAN.

I went to the WWW and looked at the resources guide.  I would like to add a
couple of items to the guide.

David P. Ehrlich Tobaconists
32 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
617-227-1720

In business since 1868.  Mail order Worldwide.  Sister store to Leavit &
Pierce in Cambridge

The Owl Shop
Main Street
Worcester Massachusetts

The Owl Shop
New Haven. CT

Two shops run by brother and sister.  Blend their own and mail everywhere.

In July I found the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Collectors Club in Massachusetts.
Have been going to the meetings since then and have offered to take on the job
of getting the word out onto the Internet through your good efforts in the
Pipe Mailgroup.  We meet the second Wednesday of the month at the Mansfield
Mass Holiday Inn.  The group is about 20 or so in number.  The hotel now gives
us a private room, we order off the menu (seperate checks) and have a good
time discussing pipes, pipe shows, tobaccos we cannot get anymore and the
like.  Anyoine in the area is welcome to come to the meetings and join.  Dues
were just reduced to an initiation fee of $10, with meeting dues of $2.  The
best bargain in town.

Smoke in peace.

Steve Wyman

[ Thanks, Steve! If you have a contact address for the Sherlock Holmes
club, I'll include that, too. -S. ]


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                       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(The NRA Recoil:) "If cigars are outlawed, only outlaws will have
cigars." 
                                - From "101 Ways to Answer the
                                  Question, 'Would You Please Put Out
                                  that #(!&*!$ Cigar'," Hague et. al.,
                                  1987. 

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #165 - November 11, 1994
  2. Subject: Bruce Catton
  3. Subject: Cigar "SMOKERS"
  4. Subject: Re: Stogies on the Wireless
  5. Subject: Pipe Digest
  6. Subject: Some (relative) bargains on premium cigars
  7. Subject: Pipe Digest
  8. Subject: Personal Bio..
  9. Subject: Success and mangoes...
  10. Subject: The Columbus Ohio/Niagara Falls Conundrum!
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #164 - November 4, 1994
  12. Subject: a brief biography
  13. Subject: Hooray!! new pipe store in SF Bay area (Menlo Park)
  14. Subject: cigar calendar
  15. Subject: Re: Article by Walter Williams
  16. Subject: introduction
  17. Subject: Smoke Signal #6
  18. Subject: Re: LA cigar clubs/Bars
  19. Subject: Pipe Poop
  20. Subject: Re: reply safely! & news
  21. Subject: Source for DANISH Truffel needed
  22. Subject: My way
  23. Subject: Pipe Mailgroup
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