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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #185 -- April 9 1995

                 Pipes Digest #185 -- April 9 1995
             Copyright (C) 1995 by Stephen P. Masticola.
           All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

                     Circulation this issue: 1067

Welcome to new members:

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Some verbiage: Re the article about Henry Waxman and Lew Rothman in PD
#184, please note the date of the last Digest. :-) Oh, how I wish it
_were_ true... and maybe, just maybe, it is.  But, in the immor(t)al
words of Lyndon Baines Johnson, "let's make him _deny_ it." >;-]

In the Not an April Fool Department, it appears that the Pipes Digest
web page, outstandingly maintained by Steve Beaty (?????????????????????????),
is down for good.  This follows the demise of Steve's company, Cray
Computer. Hopefully, we can get a new site up soon, as well as a new
employer for Steve.  Stay tuned!

Also, a little less pleasant stuff re "Kevin's" letter in the last
Digest, that has generated quite a lot of heat. See below.

And here's hoping that your pipe, cigar, and/or spouse generate no
more heat than is necessary for proper enjoyment... :-)

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

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From: ?????????????
Subject: Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the digest!  Is it always so HUGE?  If so, I may not be able to
afford the paper and Long Distance charges (we don't have a Local Access # at
this point- is there a cheaper way than AOL?)  However, I can't afford a lot
of things about pipe smoking, but I always manage to come up with the $ (if
only my wife knew about that newest Castello...Better not to think about
that!), so hopefully, you can count me in!  I'll send a profile of myself and
my P/Tob. interests soon.  Right now, I'm going to go light up and read all
the stuff you sent!  It looks like it will be fun.  Let me know if you have
any tips for cheaper Internet access.  Maybe I'll see you in St. Louis at the
P.C.I. show in May?
                                                                Thanks again,

[ No, Chris, some weeks it's MONSTROUS... -S. ]

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From: Charles Crawford <?????????????????????>
Subject: Moderated mailgroup for cigars, pipes, fine tobacco

That's a good one about Rep. Waxman in today's Digest. Thanks. 
Charles Crawford

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From: Andrew H Breuninger <???????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

I have been lurking on alt.smokers.pipes for a year or so, and after 
hearing  about the Pipes Digest thing so many times, I thought I might as 
well try to join the mailgroup.  As for a little information about 
myself, for your statistics if you keep them, for your curiosity if not, 
I am a 19 year old sophmore at the University of Montana, have been 
smoking a pipe for about a year and a half, and was introduced to the art 
by a couple of friends.  Thanks a lot, and I will enjoy reading the 

Andy Breuninger

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Humidors

     I am enjoying Pipe Digest very much. I am intrested in making a humidor.
I can not seem to find plans for one anywhere, perhaps you or one of your
readers can help me out. I would like to make one about 2' - 3' high, I
really can't afford to buy one, but I could afford all the components and
build it myself. If you could help me out I would greatly appreciate. If you
know where I can buy the plans that would be fine also.

                                                                 Thank You,
                                                                 Joe Falcone

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: #1(2) Pipes Digest #184 -...

Thank you for this update.  IN California there is alot of information from
the California Rest. Association about this battle.  Why a goroup of
goverment people should be telling us and business people how to live, breath
and enjoy our selves is beyoned me.  You got my support.  Keep up the
protest. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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From: ?????????????
Subject: Smoker's Profile

Dear Steve and other Pipesters...
    I just received PD#184 (my 2nd issue), and have decided that now is the
time to tell everyone about myself.  But 1st- I read with much glee the story
of the "outing" of Congressman Waxman.  I remember watching those hearings
and for some reason suspecting him of being a closet smoker.  Hah!  It almost
(but not quite) makes me ashamed to be a Democrat (well, I guess it makes me
more ashamed that HE'S a Democrat, actually!).  But enough of politics...
    I am about to turn 30, and am currently a church custodian, but am in the
process of being hired by the Colorado D.O.C. (hopefully!)(I was a
Correctional Officer in Wy previously).  I began smoking a pipe when I was
18, after experimenting w. cigars for a year or two. I still smoke cigars
when my wife is out of town!  My father smokes a pipe, and many of my
earliest memories involve accompanying him to tobacco shops in Dallas when he
was a seminary student at SMU.  So I guess it was inevitable that I would
take up the Briar.  I purchased my 1st brand name pipe- a Comoy- in 1985.
 That summer I got "The Ult. Pipe Book" (bless AND curse the day!), and
learned a lot, but also have lived without MONEY ever since (that's the
CURSE!!!).  I have, however, managed to accumulate a bunch of nice pipes!
    Other highlights:  The day I bought my 1st estate pipe (a Dunhill, at
Jerri's in Denver,CO);  the day I found out about Barry Levin and started
doing business with him; the day (many yrs later) that I was actually hired
at a tobac shop (Straus Tob, in Lexington, Ky); and the day I got to attend
my 1st (and to date ONLY) Pipe show- the Indy Briar Friars show in '92.  The
last experience was so incredible that I still occasionally dream about it!
 I met Barry Levin, and many other biggies (including, I believe, PD member
Dennis "I LIKE BIG PIPES" Congas).  Also at that show, I got my 1st Castello,
which was a life-changing event!
    I live in SW Colorado, and must do most of my purchasing via Nikos Levin
and Edward's in Richardson TX.
    I collect both classic English and newer Italian pipes (in about a 2 to 1
ratio), being partial to Dunhill, Sasieni, Castello, and (recently, and for
an unknown reason) Savinelli Autographs (some I love, others  I loathe!).  I
am also accumulating a nice little collection of JT&D Cooke pipes- they're
great!  I even have one that belonged to Barry Levin.  Jim Cooke did all of
Barry's (and now Nikos's) restoration work, and is a heck of a nice guy, and
a really talented carver and repairman.   
    I saw Alberto Bonfiglioli's letter in the newest PD, and can say that
he's a heck of a nice guy, too.  I've never met him, but have corresponded w.
him and he sent me a bunch of nice photos of his pipes and his shop.  I own
one of his pipes and am looking forward to meeting him at the PCI show in
    I seem to be like many members in my Tobac preferences- Dunhill #965,
Balkan Sobranie, Bengal Slices, and numerous Levin/McClelland mixtures (which
are running low- I need to contact Kathy Levin soon!).  As someone else said
in the Digest, "Hurray for Latakia!"
    Well, I'm sure this is the longest profile you've ever received, so I'll
end now... I like to talk about pipes, I guess.
    Happy Puffing to all!...Chris Tarman
   "Many men smoke, but Fu Manchu."

[ Administrativa deleted -- good luck! -S ]


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From: ??????????????
Subject: Re: #2(2) Pipes Digest #184 -...

I am a used of nasel snuff and this is one area I have yet to see mentioned
in our digest. Does anyone else use snuff out there? I would like to hear
advice of good shops (mail order) to purchase quality snuff. My local shops
only have one or two brands to choose from and both are quite cheap. I know
Dunhill used to make snuff, so I have contacted them and asked to a catalog.
Any advice would be appreciated.

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From: "Jacco van Muiswinkel" <??????????????????????>
Subject:       1000 Virtual Smokes 

Now what happened to the celebration of the 1000th member.

I do have an idea. I think it's mostly the work of our maintainer 
that Pipes Digest could have grown to the impressive number of 1000 
(and more) members. Moreover I think that the quality of the Digest 
also finds it origins in our moderator. His conscientious approach
to the digest is IMHO the sole reason for the chivalrous character of 
all the postings and reactions. 

I think Steve should be honoured for his efforts. Now it's hard to 
organize something material but since we're on the Internet it may be 
right to offer Steve a Virtual Smoke to endorse this statement!

Here's mine:
                                             / \ /
       ,___________                         | \ /
       ;----------__~--__                 __________
                     ~-_  ~--__          |          |
                         ~-_    ~--_     |          |
                            ~-_  /  ~--_/           |
                                ~-_                 |
                                    ~~-_            /

To your health, Steve!                 
Jacco van Muiswinkel         | 
??????????????????????????   | 

[ Well, thanks, Jacco! Is that a single dot I see on the stem? My
first Dunhill! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????????? (Roberto Holguin)
Subject: my intro message

Steve and pipers.

I am quite new to the internet ways and have been reading the current issue
and i wonder at how strange it is be reading about pipes (men's second best
friend) in an electronic format, it would seem that this two (electronic
communnication and smoking pipes) would not fit into the mix together, may
be the medium is maturing?, but what i would like to believe is that may be
in here, the net, one needs not to be categorized, as the many ocupations
of the subscribed can atest.
About me? I am a graphic designer in Mexico, I work in multimedia
development, my favorite tabacos are Balkan Sobranie and Dunhill London
mixture, which smoke great in two ascorti pipes (favorites). Greetings and
thank you Steve for taking care of this list.

Roberto Holguin. Mexico city, Mecico

[ It's my belief that the best thing about the Net is the way it can
bring together people who thought themselves to be alone. I've seen
this over and over. Welcome, Roberto! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (Andy Donovan-Shead)
Subject: April 1st: PD #184.


Entertaining headline. It is April 1st, so how much of this issue should we


[ Well, no other forgeries were originated by _me_... :-) -S. ]

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From: Hanjo Iwanowitsch <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Introduction.

Dear Steve,

thank you for joining me to the list!

I really like to read the Pipes Digest - but am a little astonished that the
most pipe-smokers live in USA. Some I used to see in the german djungle as well
... but perhaps they do not own a computer.

To introduce me: I'm a 27-year old student of German language and linguistics
and Philosophy. Pipe-smoking was one of my interests since I was about 20. 

I began with MacBaren's Scottish Mixture till the day I found an old fine
tobacco-, pipes- and  cigars-dealer named "tabac trennt". I changed to Trennt's
Jubilaeumsmischung which is a fine mild longcut of six tobaccos, very good for
beginners. The rhyme on the packet says: 
   "Jeder smoeker 
   hett sin hoeker
   de watt kennt
   swoert op trennt!"
Then I changed to Abu Riha, another mixture of "tabac trennt". It is a mixture
in english way of mixing with a good amount of Latakia. As well longcut, but
Sometimes I smoke Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe.

For all who will come to Kiel sometimes :-) I really recommend the shop of Mr
Trennt, as well to the cigar smokers. Mr Trennt himself is a passionate
cigar-smoker, too.

In conscience of my purse I normally smoke Stanwell-Pipes: Lovat, Bent, Bent

Smoke in peace! (I like this line very much, Steve!)

Hanjo Iwanowitsch, Kiel, Germany. 

[ Thanks, Hanjo, and welcome! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Introduction

Hello Everyone,
      I would first like to thank Steve for this fantastic digest.  I find it
makes for interesting reading.  I suppose I should tell a little about
myself.  My name is Zac Gomez and I am a 22 year-old student at Florida State
University (home of the great Seminole football team) and will be graduating
at the end of this month will a degree in music education.  I have been
interning at a middle school in Orlando these past few months teaching band.
      I, like many others, learned many new things when I came to college.  I
have come to appreciate the finer things in life.  I now enjoy a fine cigar,
a good blend, a fine wine, and Beam's bourbon!  I was introduced to these
pleasures when I joined my fraternity.  But now I truly enjoy them insteads of
 trying to look cool!!!  I have only been smoking pipes and cigars for about
two years and am very inexperienced.  I like to experiment with blends and
cigars and that why I like this digest so much.  It offers a lot of feedback
on just about everything.  
      After I graduate I will be returning to DC, where I grew up.  I
beg of anyone in the area to e-mail and tell me of cigar clubs or
gentlemen's clubs that I may participate in.  Or anyone with similar
interests as mine.  Thanks again Steve for including me in this digest
and I look forward to future conversations and discussions.


PS- the article about the congressman from CA was pretty funny

[ Welcome, Zachary! I know of a quite active pipe club in DC (See
Steve Weinstein's letter later), but no cigar clubs. Nonetheless,
perhaps CAPS could help you find some like-minded souls. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: used pipes

I have an acquaintance in town looking to get rid of about 100-150 pipes.
 Quite a few Savinellis, one Dunhill, many GBD, 3-5 Ben Wade, Edwards, IRC?
and several others.  Anything particular I should look for which would make
these higher quality smokers, or more collectible... Is there a collectibles
resource on this type of thing?

Also, is there a resource in an old pd, perhaps on how to deep clean used/old


[ There are some articles in previous PDs about how to clean used
pipes. Re value, I'm not sure whether there is a rating system for
pipes, like there is for coins; perhaps someone else there knows? Of
course, a good shine will help. And see this issue for a couple of
show announcements, too! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Chicagoland pipe sale and smoker

Upcoming meeting of the Chicagoland Pipe Club; the annual "Big Shoulders
Swap" -  April 22, all day 10:00 to 4:00, at the Northbrook Radisson Inn
(formerly the Ramada) for a special sale of new and estate pipes from
esteemed pipe purveyors Bob Hamlin and Jack Ehrmentraut. They have planned to
bring several hundred pipes each, and many pipes which have not been
previously advertised. Bob will feature new: Ser Jacopo, Dunhill, Ashton,
Castello, Peterson, etc. and will have some rare, extra well aged (10 to 15
years), premium brands of tobacco. Jack will be hoping to buy or trade for
your better available pipes while selling some of his better estate pieces.

Sale will be followed by a Smoker and displays hosted by the Club thruout the
Bring pipes, money, stories, or better yet,bring all!

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: The Down-East Pipe Scene

Are there any from "down-east" among us? A friend and I are considering the
possibility of moving to Maine sometime this summer. We are both Yankees
forced into moving to Florida with our parents. The Florida life has never
suited us, and Maine has been an area of interest to us. So, what I'm getting
at is this: what pipe culture exists down-east? Are there any good
tobacconists? Etc.

In addition, if there is anyone who would like to tell me about life in Maine
generally please feel free to send some E-mail my way.

Thanks in advance,
Christopher D. Walborn

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From: Sean Kevin Obrien <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest

On Mon, 3 Apr 1995, Steve Masticola wrote:

> Sorry, but I'm in Plainsboro, NJ, so we're not all that close. I have
> signed you up for the Digest, though! ~\U S.
Dear Steve,

That's ok, I'm moving to Bloomington Indiana really soon! I'm getting 
married, to a beautiful young lady (who doesn't mind my pipe, she even 
puffs it now and then). Have you ever checked out the tobacco shops in 
Indiana? I saw some listed in the digest, are they nice places? I love my 
current tobbacconist: The Briar and the Burley at College Mall, 
Bloomington Indiana. I smoke blend of tobacks (sp?) that they call "Joe's 
Blend". I don't remember the author, but the gentleman who mentioned that 
the pipe smokers on the net conducted themselves in a more gentlemanly 
fashion was 110% on target.
Anyway, Erika (the same lovely young lady) sends me the Joe's in the 
mail. It comes in a zip lock bag, and she just throws it into a box and 
three days later I am a very happy man. My question is this: Should I ask 
her to package it in any special way? I'm worried that it will dry out (I 
I have not enjoyed the dry tobacco I've smoked) and I do not want it to 
get damaged or stolen, and waste my special lady's hard earned money.
Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Sean Kevin O'Brien  
[ Administrativa deleted. A ziploc storage bag works very well for
shipping, as long as the zipper can lie flat in the box.  -S. ]

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From: "mark rice, east-texas" <???????????????>
Subject: Re:  Rothman exposes Waxman

Steve, I'm as hard-nosed conservative as they come, but did this stuff 
about Waxman actually occur?  Is this a legitimate newspaper?  Sorry for 
the incredulity, but most congressman are somewhat knowledgeable about 
Federal Election Commission rules on personal bills verses a campaign 
contribution.  Big penalties and bad P.R. can keep even the most ardent 
jerk-of-a-politician careful of his finances.

Do you have the paper's phone #?  I'd REALLY like to give them a call 
about this story.  It was hilarious to read.

Mark Rice
Greenville, Tx.

[ And that's another thing; there's no Trenton Courier-Ledger
either... Thanks, Mark, but I'd rather not face libel charges from a
Congresslime today, thankyouverymuch. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Response to a Reader

In the last issue of PD, Craig Haas asks whatever happened to the tobacco
store in the Stone Valley Mall.

I never actually went to the store in the Pleasanton Mall, but I believe that
the store there was part of a small chain called "The Tobacco Loft."

There used to also be one in the Sun Valley Mall here in Concord, CA. That
mall location is also closed, but they have moved to Pleasant Hill. I am a
frequent customer.

Their address is 1920 Contra Costa Blvd. Pleasant Hill, CA. Phone
510-686-3440. They can probably tell you if they still have a Pleasanton

Pleasant Smoking,

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From: ?????????????????????????? (Jeffrey M. Poulin)
Subject: C&D reviews for PD

(Steve: Here are the reviews I mentioned for the Pipe Digest.  Hope it meets
your needs.)

Dear Steve:

I recently sampled several blends from Cornell & Diehl and thought PD might be
interested in my impressions of them.  I know that matters of taste vary
tremendously from person to person, but there are always questions about the
taste of this or that blend on a.s.p. so I thought I would give it a try.

A few caveats first.  I have no connection with C&D, although I expect to
become a regular customer now that I have tried these tobaccos.  Also, I
typically smoke English blends and Virginia flake styles; rarely aromatics and
NEVER Balkan style blends. (The latter always taste like ashes to me.)  I tend
to puff slowly, in a relaxed fashion, which I find keeps the heat and
potential bite of ANY tobacco to a minimum but allows all the good character
of really quality blends (like these) to come through.  The tobaccos listed
are in no particular order, just the way I sampled them.

Virginia Dare (# 812) - mild and cool burning but very flavorful with the
natural sweetness of Virginia tobacco;  a lingering, sweet aftertaste;  this
should satisfy any Virginia fans that don't require the heaviest dark VA flake
styles.  This will become a regular for me.

Merlin's Choice (#966) - this is Craig's attempt to duplicate the taste of
Escudo; it's not there yet (perhaps a bit more sweet red Virginia?) but this
incarnation is a wonderful blend on its own:  smooth, medium strength and
slightly sweet;  it smokes easy and dry.  I liked it so much, I'm going to
suggest that Craig keep it as a separate blend as he delves into the
continuing mysteries of Escudo.

Yale Mixture (# 531) - This is Craig's copy of the discontinued Craven blend
(the one James Barrie praised as the Arcadia in My Lady Nicotine);  I haven't
smoked Craven in a LONG time but this blend seemed to strike the right chord
in my aging memory cells;  Barrie's obsession with Craven was justified:  this
is a rich, smooth tobacco with a fullness of taste like a deep red wine or
aged port;  it flooded my tastebuds with flavor.  Ahhhhh!

Constellation (# 411) - a very rich, smooth, mouth-filling English blend (but
quite a different taste from Yale Mixture above); C&D's heaviest latakia blend
and for those of us who appreciate latakia, this is a nectar to be sipped with

Coffee (# 909) - a VERY mild aromatic but with a real taste of sweetened
coffee;  it not only smokes well and with flavor but leaves a very pleasant
aftertaste;  it was great with my morning coffee and after a light meal. 
(Please keep in mind that I am one of those "strange" people from New England
who grew up loving coffee ice cream, which gets me some odd looks from folks
in Virginia where I now reside.)

Vanilla Cavendish (# 905) - Medium strength; easy burning; definite, and very
pleasant, taste of vanilla which lingers nicely;  it doesn't smoke wet and has
a dry fluffy ash for an aromatic.

Stanhope (# 502) - my sample of Stanhope was too dry for my taste, even for an
English style and it burned hotter than I liked;  I humidified it for a few
days which I felt improved it;  this is a medium strength English blend, not
quite full flavored;  it reminded me of a medium strength Dunhill;  the taste
was more spicy than sweet inspite of the Virginia ribbon cut base;  it had
more appeal following a fairly heavy meal with a good bordeau.

London Squire (# 012) - Craig describes this as similar to his medium strength
Balkan blend (#081);  if so, it is the lightest Balkan I've ever tried (I
liked it despite my aversion to Balkans);  perhaps the added latakia gives it
a fuller, smoother taste;  a full bodied blend that I preferred after a heavy,
rich meal.

Sweet English (# 100) - as mild, at least, as Dunhill's Early Morning; it
actually has a slight but definite sweetness superimposed on a delicate
English style blend;  I think this would be an excellent tobacco for new pipe
smokers or for those who are trying to switch from heavier aromatics;  it
packs and smokes easily with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

Austrian (# 025) - mild, mild, mild!  a wine casing is present but it is
indeed light;  very easy burning and calls for slow (dare I say
contemplative?) puffing; found the flavor more noticeable after a light meal.

Unique (# 816) - two words came immediately to mind after a few puffs:  smooth
and mild;  If you want to smoke an English blend around people sensitive to
heavier styles, this would be it;  the flavors are light but certainly
present;  absolutely no bite or harshness while maintaining flavor.  (I chose
this one because I use so much gunpowder of the same name in my target
shooting.  I'll take any omen I can.)

A few general notes.  All the tobaccos were easy to pack, ignite and were easy
burning.  They produced a light fluffy ash and burned down to the heel of the
pipe.  There was no "goopiness" in the bowl as is common with many commercial
tobaccos.  The long cut and ribbon cut tobaccos which were the norm in the
blends I tried, smoked easily and rewarded slow, deliberate puffing (my
style).  I don't know how Craig does it but the aromatics produced a light,
lingering aftertaste that is very pleasant without being cloying.  The
descriptions in the C&D brochure are accurate and provide more blending
information than is commonly available.  

Talking to Craig on the phone is fun.  He is knowledgable AND enthusiastic. 
If you have any questions on which blend might suit you, he can come up with
some good suggestions.  It was difficult to end the conversation because I was
having so much fun.  But it is, after all, a business line so I restrained

All C&D tobacco sells for $12.75/pound, which is a terrific price compared to
my usual costs.  Contact Craig Tarler at:

Cornell & Diehl, Inc.
P.O. Box 475
Morganton, N.C.  28680-0475
phone and fax:  800-433-0080

Hope these impressions were helpful.  Many Happy Puffs.  The Bear

(Steve:  I tried to keep this to a reasonable length.  Please feel free to
edit as needed.  The Bear.)

[ Very welcome, Bear! Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: PIPE 182

I also deleted pipe mailgroup 182 could you send me a copy.  I was at the
local J & R Tobacco in Fairfield, and they have a blend they call Days End. I
think it is a Lane blend. It is a ribbon cut very mild 
English Blend. If anyone knows the lane Blend #,  please let me know.

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: #1(2) Pipes Digest #184 -- April 1, 1995

I just want to write and say how much I enjoy the Pipe Digest. It would be
nice if there were an interactive-real time equivalent. Then we could sit by
our terminals, smoke the tobacco of choice while sipping one's favorite
single malt. Is there an archive I can download that can provide with me with
some guidelines on purchasing and caring for Meerschaum pipes? Excepting
that, do you have any advice? Take care and keep fighting the good fight.

[ There is, of course, IRC, but I personally like the digested letter
format more. Ain't it a shame that hardly anyone writes letters
anymore? -S. ]

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From: Mark Lathem <??????????????????>
Subject: Peterson Markings

I'm looking for a source--*any source*--to help me decipher the markings
on older Petersons.  I continue to be frustrated by the lack of any reliable
source to help me date these pipes.  I'm thinking of writing to Peterson's
directly and begging for help <G>.
Any and all replies appreciated.
                -= Mark V. Lathem   -=-   ?????????????????? =-
         "I'll smoke a pipe with you with pleasure" --Sherlock Holmes

[ Why not? Here they are:

Kapp & Peterson                         (Pipes Digest #178)
56 Lower O'Connell St
EIRE (Ireland)

 -S. ]

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From: "Johnson, Bill" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Kirsten Pipes

Steve -- Wanted to respond to Jim Thomas' question about Kirsten Pipes

[ Reposting from PD #184 deleted. -S. ]


     I ordered my first Kirsten pipe a few weeks ago.  I think I'm in love! 
 It's a great pipe.  No "cooling fins" at all.  The bowl is briar (though 
meerschaum is available).  The shaft is aircraft-grade aluminum (available 
in brass, silver tone and black.  I got it in black).

     Very cool smoke, fantastically easy to clean, and due to the nature of 
construction I can smoke several bowls full without gumming up the bottom of 
the bowl -- all the sludge & gunk [technical, scientific terms] gets trapped 
in the aluminum shaft rather than in the briar bowl.

     The only disadvantage I've seen so far is that this pipe is so 
wonderful I'm gonna have to order some more of them.  You ought to give them 
a call at 1-206-783-0700 and ask for a copy of their catalog.

Good Ol' BillyBob
Rebel Without A Clue

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Dunhill

Dear Steve,

Please advise your readers that I recently received several invitations to
join Dunhill's "Fellowship of the White Spot". The fellowship is free with a
completed application sent to Dunhill. Once Dunhill receives the application
a newsletter is mailed periodically with some very interesting articles
mainly on pipe smoking.

If any of the readers would like an application they should e-mail me their
name and mailing address. If any readers are shy about giving their address
over the net, they may call my store at 1-800-746-0496 and ask for John.


Peter Ryan, Smith's of Plymouth       ??????????????????

[ Thanks, Peter! I've been a member for a few years, and enjoy their
mailings very much. -S. ]

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From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal #15

Smoke Signal #15

Environmental tobacco smoke is the present concern of the anti-smoking
lobby. The success of their campaign is such that most companies today
forbid smoking in the workplace. In the ten years that I have worked for
FlightSafety, there has always been a ban on smoking cigars and pipes on
company premises. Two years ago, cigarette smoking was forbidden, although
management relented enough to allow smoking outside.

Although I smoke a pipe, I am glad to work in an atmosphere free from
smoke. Smoke rising from a cigarette smouldering in an already full
ashtray is particularly offensive to my sense of smell, it varies from
brand to brand, but usually has a sour, reasty odour. A dozen people
smoking cigars and pipes would produce an overpowering atmosphere in a
poorly ventilated workplace -- few companies ever spend enough money to
get the heating and ventilation working properly -- this coupled with many
cigarette smokers would make life intolerable.

Early in the year '82 I arrived here on the noon stage to work for a small
flight simulator manufacturing company. Our office was a large, open area
where everyone worked: software, hardware, and mechanical engineers thrown
in with the drafting and secretarial staff. A lot of people smoked
cigarettes, no pipes or cigars allowed. At the end of each working day my
clothes reeked of stale cigarette smoke. I remember well a nearby
mechanical engineer getting up from his drawing-table to stretch, one
afternoon at about three o'clock. As he worked the kinks out of his back
he looked across the room and burst into song:

        "There's a bright yellow haze o'er the office,
         There's a bright yellow haze o'er the office.
         The smog is as high as an elephant's eye,
         And I'm just standing here awaiting to die. . .

         "Oh what a beautiful morning,
          Oh what a beautiful day.
          I've got this curious feeling,
          Everything's not going my way."

Well, this is Oklahoma of course. And sure enough the office was filled
with a yellow haze. I hadn't seen anything like it since the last
pea-souper in London, back in the '50s -- that is, a smog as thick as pea

So, I am glad smoking is prohibited in the workplace, which leaves me to
the pleasure of returning home to the comfortable frowst of my study. My
wife opens the windows in her lair when she smokes cigarettes and once
asked me why I didn't do the same in my study: "Because I like the fug," I
replied.  Indeed, the smell of quality pipe tobacco smoke is so much
better than that of cigarettes.

In February of this year the magazine "Aviation Week & Space Technology"
reported the signing of an agreement between FlightSafety International
and the Yunnan Tobacco Group to build a $30-million training centre.
Kunming FlightSafety Aviation Training Company will be located in the city
of Kunming, twelve hundred miles West of Shanghai. FlightSafety will be the
majority shareholder in the joint venture. With luck I should have a
chance to exercise my few words of Mandarin or, as it is more properly
called, Putonghua. By strange coincidence my Chinese teacher is a native
of Kunming. She says that the Yunnan Tobacco Group products are widely
distributed throughout China. Like FlightSafety International Simulation
Systems Division, I expect that the training centre in Kunming will be
festooned with those signs so common everywhere in this country, except I
am sure these will command instead: "No No Smoking."


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From: ?????????????????????
Subject:   Re: Moderated mailgroup for cigars, pipes, fine tobacco

Hi Steve-
         I have been reading your mailgroup on WWW for the last couple of
months with great pleasure.  For some reason, I lost my WWW access this week,
hopefully just temporarily.  In any case, I have been meaning to join your
group and now I have the incentive.  I recently returned to pipe smoking after
a 5-year hiatus.  I have learned a lot from your group and recently sampled
Balkan Slices and Escudo.  I love the Escudo and like Slices, though I still
prefer my usual English blends (Palisades from Georgetown Tobacco and Orient
Express from Tobacco Taverne in State College, PA).
     I have 8 Dunhills I was lucky enough to acquire in London in the early
1980's when the dollar was high.  I also have a couple of Petersons, an Upshall
a nice Bari freehand, and a freehand made by Alpha (made in Israel) that I am
very fond of.  I recently purchased a "junior" Sherlock Holmes Baskerville that
is becoming my favorite as it breaks in and a beautiful straight grained Ser
 Sacopo that I have not tried yet.
     I currently live in Morgantown, WV (I work at the university), a nice town
where tobacco tends to be chewed, not smoked.  I rely on mail order.
     I have a question for any Bay Area members of your group.  I used to
frequent Druckers in Berkeley when I was an undergraduate.  I visited the area
two weeks ago and couldn't find it at its old location.  I called information
and drew a blank there too.  I hope they did not go under.
     Anyway, please sign me up.  My name is Tim Phipps and my mail address is
in the header.

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From: ????????????????????????? (Charles Myers)

        Steve:  I am writing to express my concern about a recent posting
in the pipes and cigars group.  We have an adult member who talked about
sharing a pipe on his bed with eleven year olds from the neighborhood. I
believe this same person has stated that he is a member of the Man/Boy love
organization.  While I am all for leaving consenting adults alone to do
what they please I can not accept this man boy thing...as a parent I know
eleven year olds are not adults. I feel my silence on this situation is
tacit approval therefore let me say that I do not feel this person belongs
in the pipes list or maybe I don't want to belong to a group that would
have him as a member...Am I alone here or have you had other letters?  I
don't want to read about anything but pipes and tobacco, especially not
perverted fantasies or actual experiences.  What does the membership think?
I guess I have to decide if I want to be part of a group that I find very
enjoyable, that has an advocate of child molestation as a member.  What are
your thoughts?         

[ Charles, yours has been the most civil, so I'm printing it. I've
just re-read "Kevin's" submission. As far as I can see, he never said
that he molested the kids, or that he advocated doing so, or that he
belongs to NAMBLA, or anything of that sort.  (In fact, I've checked
the back Digests; as far as I can determine in a quick scan, no one
has mentioned "NAMBLA," "Man/Boy," or their trivial variants before

In any case, I don't kick members off the list because of their
beliefs.  Anyway, "Kevin" has followed up, and you may breathe a
little easier after reading it. But I may in the future reject
submissions that could place me or other members at legal risk.

And please see my posting, also below. -S. ]

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[Names and identifying information again removed. Be aware, though,
that I may someday slip up. -S. ]

From: "Kevin"
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #184 -- April 1, 1995

> [Posting edited to remove identifying information. All names here have
> been changed. -S. ]

I hadn't realized potential trouble, Steve, and I thank you for
taking the time to change the names.

> For some strange reason, while I would never give these boys cigarettes
> when I smoked them (and they would ask me - believe me!), I had no
> qualms sharing a bowlful with them.
> Any thoughts?
> [ Kevin, it's kind of a delicate situation, unfortunately, and
> involved some risk for both you and Nelson and Andy, especially given
> certain other details about you that I've left out.  The boys' parents
> or some busybody might not see your letter in a good light.  So I've
> taken the liberty of removing some identifying information from your
> letter, and changing your name and those of the boys.

Again - thanks.  Things that I don't see anything wrong with, others
might see something wrong with.  I hadn't seen anything wrong with
sharing a bowlful of pipe tobacco with the kids, but others might
see things that aren't there.

> Most of us who tried our first pipe that young, did so on our own. I
> did.  There are a few exceptions. A friend of mine told me once, in
> glowing terms, of one time he had stayed overnight in his uncle's
> house. The uncle left some Parodi cigars by his bedside. For a
> 12-year-old, that was a wonderful act of comradeship from an older
> man, an acceptance of him into the world of men.  On that level, I
> think it's great! 

That's basically how I view it.  I have a big problem with these kids
taking up smoking (which they haven't much, outside of trying them
with their little buddies) but for some reason, I see pipes in a
completely different light.

> Perhaps in later years the boys will see it as a rite of manhood.
> It's certainly an experience they won't forget. -S. ]

After I posted that message, I saw them running around their apartments
and they stopped to chat with me.  They haven't told anyone about
their pipe smoking experience as they don't want to get in trouble
with their parents, but they kept saying, "That was SO cool!  That was
SO *COOL*!!".  Nelson wants them both to stop by again and light up
again with me, but I said that it probably wouldn't be a good idea.
Thankfully these are understanding kids, and they understand.

I would be tremendously honored if I see them 10 years down the line
and they say, "Remember when we smoked that pipe with you?".  As long
as they don't take up cigarettes, I will be pleased :-)

I'm making an effort to keep them from doing too much in the way
of cigarettes.  Since I've mostly quit smoking cigarettes, Nelson
has said that "cigarettes just don't taste as good as they used to",
and Andy has stopped stealing cigarettes from the corner store for
them to smoke. [a pack would last them a week or more between the
two of them].

> From: Jeffery Glenn Hayes <????????????????>
> I have smoked a pipe steadily for nineteen years now, and I started when 
> I was only sixteen.  At that time, my mother noted that I was of legal 
> age and hence could make my own decision.  I read the Surgeon General's 
> report on smoking, and found that pipe smokers live on average two years 
> longer than non-smokers.  I'm sure the readership is familiar with this 
> statistic.

I'm not familiar with it, but I'm glad to hear it!  I would guess
that it has something to do with the relaxation that pipe smoking
gives the smoker.

[ Kevin, as I said, your original letter generated a lot of heat,
including Charles' letter above and a couple that I couldn't
print. But it doesn't seem like anything bad has come of
this. Nonetheless, I will print my own response, which I wrote before
I received your followup. I'd really like to drop this whole
discussion soon and get back to normal, but a lot of us are
worried. -S. ] 

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From: Steve Masticola (????????????????????????)
Subject: PD #184 ("Kevin's" letter)

This concerns "Kevin's" letter of PD #184. It marks the first time
that I've ever actually had to invoke the no-flame rule. Briefly,
Kevin (not his real name), an adult, wrote that he'd gotten himself
into a situation where he passed a pipe around with two boys,
pseudonymously named "Andy" and "Nelson."  He didn't say that anything
else happened.

First, if it's true (and I don't have any real idea whether it is),
the most that Kevin is legally guilty of is maybe a misdemeanor. He's
definitely guilty of two remarkably bad pieces of judgment: letting
the incident happen in the first place, and submitting it to a public
forum like the Digest.  I tried to cast the incident in its best
possible light in my comments.  The subject is a sensitive one, and it
was, quite frankly, a stretch.

Second, one member urged me to turn Kevin in to the police.  I flatly
refuse to do this, to Kevin or any other member.  I am neither a cop
nor a rat.  Besides, I have no indication that anything illegal was
done, or that the submission was really anything more than fiction.
And furthermore, it could just possibly wreck his life, and those of
Andy and Nelson, for no good reason.

Only Kevin knows whether or not he has a problem.  He is the one who
has to deal with it, not us.  If he does not have a problem, then no
harm has been done.  If he does have a problem, or if one is
developing, I'd urge him to stop having any contact with kids, and to
seek professional help immediately.  Either way, he should take the
membership's response as a warning to be DAMN careful how he behaves
around kids.

Finally, fercryinoutloud, folks, please THINK before you submit
incriminating material!  I mean, talking about sneaking a few Habanas
past Customs is one thing, but this stuff is bloody serious!  For ME
as well as you!!!

Oh, well. Let's hope for the best to come out of this, and try to...

                                Smoke in peace,
                                ~\U Steve.

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From: "M. Arndt" <????????????????>

Hello All!

All that talk in the last digest piqued my interest in the Esoterica
Tobacciana line, so I called Piedmont Tobacconist (510-652-PIPE) for a
brochure.  For everyone's information, I transcribed the pamphlet.
(note: I have no commercial interest, this is informational only)

from Esoterica Tobacciana pamphlet:


                         J.F. Germain and Son
                        Fine Smoking Tobaccos
                         for the Connoisseur



                         Esoterica Tobacciana
                        Fine Vintage Aged Pipe


There are still a few pipe tobacco companies that age, blend, process
and mature their tobacco using the old time honoured, traditional
methods.  One of the best is J.F. Germain and Son on the Channel islands
of Jersey and Guernsey.  Although closer to France than to England,
there is no mistaking the English accents and fine English tobaccos that
issue forth from this 170 year old company, still owned and operated on
the original premises by the fifth generation descendents of the

J.F. Germain and Son have always used only the highest grades of tobacco
leaf obtainable.  They continue to age their tobacco before and after
blending; remove all stems and veins from the leaves, and prepare all
their blends in small batches using hand labour extensively.  Their
excellent mixtures, including the aromatics, contain no glycols,
glycerides, artificial flavourings or preservatives.  Germain's
aromatics contain only extracts of natural fruit, liquorice and Cognac.

Now these superb tobacco blends are obtainable in the United States. 
Esoterica Tobacciana of Oakland, California imports the complete range
of 17 blends and flakes.  All of the mixtures are available in bulk in
either 1/2 pound or 1 pound packaging.  Seven of the mixtures are also
available in vacuum packed 2 ounce metal tins:

And So To Bed:
  A soft, but full-bodied mixture for the evening.
  Finest English Mottled Flake.
  Choice English, Cognac blend.
  Best full English Tobacco.
  A marriage of seven premium Virginia tobaccos with Louisiana Perique.
  A rich, full, matured Virginia with Louisiana Perique.
  A broad-cut Extra Matured Virginia.

Like fine wine or malt scotch, all of Germain's mixtures are aged after
blending so that the flavours intermarry and mature.  One usually does
not drink a newly bottled wine or year old scotch, so do not pass up
this opportunity to experience the taste sensation of vintage aged
tobaccos.  Acquaint yourself with tobacco blended and aged using methods
that have been respected and refined for 170 years.


                         Distinctive Tobaccos
                     for the Pipe Smoker longing
                        for the Good Old Days


A notably smooth blend of six Virginia tobaccos, light in colour and
taste, soft and satisfying.


An outstanding, well balanced mixture of four Virginias, pressed until
reddish-brown and then fully rubbed up.  A truly traditional tobacco for
the most discerning palate.


A harmonious blend of Golden and dark Virginias with small portions of
Burley and air-cured leaf.  Matured by a special process over 100 years
old, producing a unique natural aroma and a piquant flavour.


Produced by the time honoured method of hot pressing dark and Golden
Virginias until jet-black, resulting in a symphony of delicate aromas
and exquisite flavors.


Perfectly blended hot pressed drak and Golden Virginias, jet-black and
shiny with natural oils.  Topped with a dash of liquorice extract.  This
thoroughly satisfying tobacco has an English pedigree with marvelous
smoking characteristics.


A mature recipe of seven types of Virginia tobaccos blended with
Louisiana Perique, lightly pressed for several days to mellow the
mixture, then cut into flakes and rubbed up.  A high quality blend with
a savory taste and a fine bouquet.  An outstanding tobacco with a rich
depth of flavour.


Selected dark and Golden Virginias are hot pressed until black, with
added liquorice essence and a pleasant arome enhancement.  A savory,
slow burning, non-biting tobacco with lasting fragrance.


An elegantly flavoured flake comprised of six Virginia tobaccos, light
in colour and rich in taste.  Exceedingly mellow and easy to rub out.


A marriage of air-cured leaf and Burley with selected dark Virginia. 
Hard pressed and aged to produce brown flakes with dark undertones.  A
traditional English flake favoured by experienced pipe smokers.


A special formulation of six light Virginias plus Golden and dark
Virginias with air-cured leaf and a pinch of Louisiana Perique.  Easy
burning is ensured by the carefully selected cut.  The Perique balances
the Virginias; for the discerning palate.


A wonderfully complex mixture consisting of: six light Virginias, four
Virginias pressed until reddish-brown and then rubbed out, plus Golden
and dark Virginias hot pressed until jet-black.  Twelve different
Virginia tobaccos, lightly laced with liquorice and natural fruit
extracts, perfectly blended and fully matured.  A true luxury blend that
leaves the pipe clean and dry.


A refined, long-lasting blend of Golden and dark Virginias, lightly
pressed, cut and rubbed out.  A soft, smooth mixture.


A classical English mixture done in the "old style" of many of the fine
tobaccos that have now disappeared from the market place.  Choice
Orientals and generous quantities of premium Cyprian Latakia keynote
this rich, full-bodied blend.  A well-balanced, robust and eminently
satisfying smoke.

And So To Bed

This mixture is absolutely ideal for the evening, ergo...we borrowed the
name from the diaries of Samuel Pepys Esquire.  Finest grade Virginia
and Maryland type tobaccos are carefully aged and blended with Greek
"Oriental" leaf and top-grade Cyprian Latakia.  The blend is then
specially processed and additionally matured to produce a mellow, full
strength smoke with rich flavour and unique aroma.

St. Ives

A totally new concept for the smoker of fine aromatic tobacco.  Dark and
Golden Virginias are blended with Black Virginia Cavendish and portions
of Greek, Oriental and Cyprian Latakia tobaccos.  Enhanced with a subtly
scented fruit extract.  An aromatic English!


An aromatic tobacco made in the same time honoured tradition as our
English and Virginia blends.  Five types of Virginia tobacco and an
equal proportion of Black Virginia Cavendish with an added aromatic
essence.  A soft and gentle smoke of outstanding quality.


This outstanding cross-cut English flake is unbelievable!  A wonderful
complex secret recipe of the finest Virginias, choice Turkish and
Orientals and Cyprian Latakia, all hand blended together, hard pressed
and broad cut into thick flakes.  Long matured and easily crumbled to
facilitate pipe filing.  This is one of the finest traditional English
Flakes available anywhere.  (Known in the United Kingdom as "Krumble


A luxury English blend (Margate) is married with a fine French Cognac. 
This outstanding mixture is a "match made in heaven." Rich taste with a
character to match.  A symphony of delicate aromas and elegant flavours.

Hope this informational is useful,

Matt Arndt

[ Thanks for taking the time to transcribe this, Matt! -S. ]

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From: "mark rice, east-texas" <???????????????>
Subject: Cigar Report from U.S. Senate

I was busy ploughing around the library and ran across U.S. Senate 
Report 93-103 (dated April 5, 1973). The report was defining "small 
cigar" so that our government could "properly" regulate it.  The report 
also contained a research report on many cigar brands, some of which I 
reproduced below.  The report stated:

"The Federal Trade Commission's laboratory has determined the "tar" (dry 
particulate matter) and total alkaloid (reported as nicotine) content of 
25 varieties of small cigars.  The laboratory utilized the Cambridge 
fiter method specified in the Federal Register notice of November 4, 
1966 (31 F.R. 14278)...  Results are based on a test of not less than 90 
small cigars of each variety.

"The 'tar' content is report [sic] to the nearest 1/10th milligram [TPM] and 
the nicotine content to the nearest 1/100th milligrams, each with 
appropriate statistical values.  The average weight is reported in grams
per small cigar and the butt length range to the nearest 1/10th 
millimeter.  Package types: F-filter, NF-nonfilter, M-menthol, C-cherry, 
HP-hard pack, HWP- hard wide pack, SP- soft pack.

                Package Length  Ave.    Butt Length     
Name            type    (in mm) Wt.     (in mm.)        dry     Nicotine
________        ______   _____  ______  __________      _____   __________

Action 100's    F,SP    100     1.2723  29.0-26.8       17.4    1.21
Alfred Dunhill  NF,HWP  85      0.9863  23.0            27.3    1.39
ALL             F,SP    85      1.1656  24.6-23.5       47.8    2.73
Antonio y Cleo. F,HWP   100     1.2361  34.0-33.0       24.7    1.34
Omega           F,SP    85      1.1298  25.4-24.6       31.4    1.90
Roi-Tan         F,SP    100     1.2792  33.8-33.0       31.5    1.89
Zig-zag         F,SP    100     1.3194  28.5-27.3       25.5    0.55

I was wondering if any similar tests had been conducted on pipe tobaccos.
Any ideas?

Mark Rice

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Radio Shack Calibration !!!

Hello Fellow Puffers:

Well hells bells... I read the #183 Pipe Digest and was very impressed with
the posting concerning "How to Re-Callibrate Your Radio Shack 63-855
Hygrometer." It was difficult to determine who created this posting
originally, (Peter Shanken? Bob Curtis? Both?) but THANK YOU !!!!!

I would like to add some new information. I have one of the older Radio Shack
hygrometers #63-844, but do you think that stopped me? You give me an
opportunity to take something I know nothing about apart, I'm there! Plus, my
Dad was a quality assurance engineer and he wouldn't have put up with that
much of a error factor.

Well the salt portion of this whole procedure is sweet indeed - so simple, I
felt like I was watching "Mr. Wizard" again. After doing this I found that my
hygrometer was a whopping +8% off. Now... I'm not great with math, so I
decided to correct the problem instead of just knowing how much it's off by.
The problem was, which "pot" screws to adjust, since the instructions were
for a #63-855. Well for those of you that have the same model as I do, there
are two circut boards in it, the top one is for the temperature and the
bottom is for the humidity. The "pot" screw CLOSEST to the battery
compartment is the one you need to adjust. And yes, as was mentioned in the
first posting, it does take some fiddling!!! There were times I'd adjust the
screw, and see no change.  But I finally got that puppy within + -1%. 

Let it be known that I tinkered where no person in their right mind should,
and this is no guarantee that it'll work for you (especially knowing Radio
Sahck stuff - yours could be laid out differently?) But if your bold, go
where no man has gone before and make it right!

Thanks Gang!
Steven Banks

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From: Bryan Logan <??????????????????>
Subject: Subscribe

Hi, Steve;

As per your article on a.s.c, please subscribe me to your mailing list.  My
preferred email address appears below. 

I love fine cigars.  I adore the aroma of pipe tobacco, tho for the life of me 
I can't find any combination of pipe and blend that I enjoy smoking.  All of
the rituals and accouterments surrounding pipe smoking seems very interesting
-- perhaps I can pick up some pointers from the list.  If not, I'm very
satisfied with my Excaliburs. 

But, pray tell, what are "fine cigarettes"?

* =- Bryan Logan -=<>=- ?????????????????? -= *

[ Perhaps Laszlo could answer? -S. ]

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From: "hedgcock, john" <??????????????????>
Subject: Events, clubs, &c

Do any PD subscribers live in/near the Monterey Peninsula, Santa Cruz or even 
the South Bay? If so, I would welcome information about any pipe-related clubs 
or events (e.g., dinners) in the area. 

I live on the Monterey Peninsula and find it hard to connect with pipe
smokers, although I know there must be some around. Monterey has a
pretty decent pipe & tobacco shop, but the staff don't appear to have
any leads. They also seem to cater to a more established, senior
clientele (I'm in my early 30s) and I'm not sure that I'm considered
to be as serious as I am. Cigar smokers appear to be pretty numerous
around here, but pipe smokers seem relatively less common.

I'd be willing to drive up to San Jos; SF is harder to manage, but in 
desperation, I suppose I could make the trek. I'd appreciate any input that PD 
readers might have!


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From: Bill Unger <???????????????????????????????>
Subject: 1995 Ohio Pipe Collectors Swap/Sell Pipe Show

Mark your calendar!  The Ohio Pipe Collectors will be holding our 1995
swap/sell pipe show on Saturday, September 23.  We have reserved half of
the main ballroom of the Holiday Inn at 328 West Lane Avenue in Columbus
(across from OSU) for the show.  There is no home OSU game that day, and,
as far as I know, no other pipe-related event is taking place anywhere. 
Admission will be free to the public.  The Holiday Inn is holding 10
rooms (single or double occupancy) at a special rate of $70.00 for anyone
who wishes to come in on Friday or stay over Saturday night.  Call
614-294-4848 to reserve a room, and mention the OPC show.  We hope that a
successful show this year will allow us to consider even more space and a
two-day show next year.  Here are some highlights at this point.

Fifty tables, each six feet long X 30 inches wide, will be available for
rent.  Each table will be $20.00 until June 15 and $25.00 after June 15. 
Tables will be available to anyone (individuals, smoke shops, whoever)
strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will be writing every pipe shop and pipe maker in Ohio and asking them
to support our show by renting a table and/or donating merchandise in
return for recognition and promotion.

All donated merchandise will be used to provide three prizes for a
pipe-smoking contest to occur at 2:00 and for a raffle to be conducted at
4:30.  Raffle tickets will be 50 cents each.  Plus, anyone who buys a new
or estate pipe from one of the tables during the show will receive one
free raffle ticket per pipe purchased.  Winners need not be present to win.

If any Digest subscribers require more information, please write me, and
I'll try to provide it.  Also, if you can put show flyers to good use,
please let me know the number and your mailing address, and I'll get them
in the mail.

Bill Unger
Secretary, Ohio Pipe Collectors

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From: "Weinstein, John, Dr, NSS" <????????????????????????????>
Subject: CAPS and tobacciana collection

hi steve-
i'm not sure whether the rules of the pd permit one to "advertise" 
individuals selling pipe related stuff on a private basis.  a friend who 
does not have a computer at home has asked me to note in pd that he has some 
stuff for sale.  if such activities are not permissible, please feel free to 
edit  the following note.  btw, hope you are well.  have you finished all 
those cigars?/john}

dear steve at al.,
     a quick note to bring you up to date on the latest activities of the 
capital area pipe smokers (caps).  fifteen brave souls disregarded a driving 
march snowstorm to attend our last meeting.   member george riddile showed 
his outstanding collection of dunhill pipes and gave a rather entertaining 
post-mortem (probably not a good metaphor) of the big smoke.  rather 
surprising was that unbeknownst to the 15 members in attendance (we actually 
have about 30 on the books), 5 of us are avid motorcyclists and a re 
planning some excursions.  btw, speaking of excursions, the next caps 
function will be a mid-april bus excursion to chambersburg, pa to visit 
pipemaker james boswell.  we may even get to see his famous dictionary!  any 
readers interested in joining us should get in touch with me through this 
list or at home (703/273-5737) for specifics on date, time cost, etc.  caps 
is always lookng for new members.  those interested in joining and meeting 
our rigorous screening requirements (you must have a pulse), call.  for 
those of you visiting the dc area and interested in attending one of our 
dinner meetings, pse give me a call.  our requirements in this instance are 
even less rigorous.
     i thought the subscribers to pd would be interested in the sale of 
tobacciana-related items from the collection of king merendino.  photos and 
a price list are available from king upon request by phone (703/541-4539) or 
mail (3719 Rodes Ct., Annandale, VA 22003).

[ Yes, buy/sell/trade info from civilians is always welcome. And
thanks for the update! -S. ]

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From: Larry Iwaki <?????????????????>
Subject: message for PD 

    I ordered some of Bob Hamlin's PCCA "Equinox" blend last week and 
received it just a couple of days ago. This stuff is just awesome. Upon 
opening the tin, the wonderful aroma of the virginias came through mixed 
in with the smoky overtone of the latakia. I loaded up my Peterson and  
set flame to tobacco. The flavor and smoothness of this mixture was 
simply unbelievable and it lasted from first puff to last, burning down 
to a nice white ash. Joe Hurley was right in his recommendation of this 
excellent blend when he mentioned it about two PD ago. It's too bad that 
Bob only has a relatively small quantity of this stuff around. Another 
blend that I will rave about, given the opportunity to, is Esoterica 
Tobbacciana's "And So To Bed". I like to reserve this during the night 
just before--coincidentally enough--retiring for the night. Have you or 
anyone else in the group tried this blend? Thanks for bearing with me in 
my ramblings on.


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From: Terence Ronson <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Hong Kong

Dear Steve,

Somewhat late, but I will be in Hong Kong/Manila over the next few weeks and
would like to communicate/meet up with other cigar lovers.

Please inform anyone interested, to e-mail me. I'm taking the portable.

Regards & thanks,

Terence ??????????????????????????

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Locally made pipes

Greetings folks,
I am curious about a local pipemaker my area.  I wonder if any of you
knowledgable people have heard of him, and if you could give me any info.
The man's name ( or at least it's the name on the pipes ) is Andre.  The
pipemaker lives in Santa Cruz, CA, and he took over the business from his
father.  The briar he uses was also from his father, and is pretty old.
The styles of these pipes are quite beautiful.  He makes carvings around
the top of the bowl sometimes, almost like a sunflower, or he carves a
little on the shank.  The pipes are hand-made, and are quite distinctive,
but I've never heard of them.  The prices of the pipes seem to range from
$60 up to $110, or at least that's what they were at the tobacconist's.
The place where I saw them is Piedmont Tobacco, which is in Oakland, CA.
The owner seemed nice, but I thought I should throw this out there to you
and see what you think.  Are there any small pipe-making operations that
you can reccommend?


Yours Etc.,
David Tracy

PS- who makes a good Dublin, Woodstock, or Bulldog style pipe?

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From: Sheldon Richman <???????????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Digest

The instructions on how to test the Radio Shack hygrometer were fascinating.  I
gave it a try, but I am baffled by the results.  I followed the instructions
faithfully.  After leaving the zip-lock bag overnight, my hygrometer read 68%.
By the evening it read 64%!  It's supposed to read 75.  I have a hard believing
my device is so far off.  After all, my cigars seem fine.  The reading in my
Rubbermaid box moves between 69 and 71. I wonder what's going on and am curious
what others have found.

Keep up the good work.

Sheldon Richman

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Pipe Friendly followup


    I got a fair number of responses to my posts and your publishing of the
Pip[e Friendly magazine.... Thanx
  I WILL be starting the process of working with the printer next week (4/10
or 11/95).  Hopefully it won't be too stressful or financially painful.

   As a final note, if there are any readers of PD that want a FREE issue of
PF, they must e-mail (There isn't time for snailing around).  If you come on
late, you won't get it for free!

   Hope you guys enjoy Pipe Friendly when it shows up in your mail box during
May (or June - read Bulk mail).


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From: The Agency <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Waxman Outed!

In article <??????????????????????????> you wrote:
: ?????????????????????? (JEFFREY PANDIN) writes:

: > Of course, this could be an April Fool -- but I don't know who's foolin'

: Anyone who tries to contact the Trenton Courier-Ledger will find out :-)

You know, I first saw it, and said "Wow!" I later went and thought, OK, 
April Fools. I've gotta admit, it's downright amazing. Think the 
mainstream press will ever pick up on this one? Good luck... By the way, 
I love the Digest. Thanks for all the time you put in to it. Those of us 
out here really appreciate it. 

           Colin Kingsbury

[ Veritas, indeed... I'd thought that it'd be great if someone _did_
pick it up without checking with AP. Then I had the thought: what
could a Congresslime do to me for that if he got REALLY steamed?  With
the cooperation of a major news service that had been, ah,
misrepresented?  And my impression is that His Waxiness decided a long
time ago that a sense of humor was a luxury option he could do
without. So there-U-are... Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????? (John Paine)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest back issues, part 13

Dear Steve,
           Boy, this is fantastic!  I'm having trouble getting any regular
work done, with all these back issues to amaze me!  I'm hooked.  Could you
send me issues 179-182, so that I am up-to-date in the conversation?  I
didn't realize this was going on.

      Query on protocol, manners:  I have some tobacco I would like to swap
for other tobacco.  Is that something that can be mentioned in the Digest?
if not, where would you recommend I turn?

     Again, this PD is super!  It gives the hobby a whole new dimension,
and I don't feel so damn lonely!

Many thanks, John

[ Like I said before, member-to-member buy/sell/trade is fine. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Re: #3(4) Your Pipes Digest s...

Thanks for sending me copies of the digest.  Lot's of good material to read
while enjoying my pipe. I do have an input on resources.  Wally Frank which
sold pipes, cigars and pipe tobacco closed.  The name of "Wally Frank" was
sold to Finck Cigar Company in San Antonio Texas.  They put out a catalog
under the Wally Frank name and also the Finck Cigar company name.  They have
been in business over 100 years and make a line of cigars called Travis Club
which is sold mostly in Texas at drug stores and by mail. They also have
cigars made for them in Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

They have an 800 number which is 1-800-221-0638

Their address is:

Finck Cigar Company
P.O. Box 831007
San Antonio, Texas 78283-1007

On a trip to San Antonio I went by the factory.  There is no organized tour,
but a gentleman working in the shipping department gave me a tour and some
samples.  They make a 100% tobacco cigar by machine. The machines are very
old, but still working. For the price they aren't bad. Most of the workers
are women and most have been employeed there for years.

I'll look forward to other issues of the digest.

Don Churn

DLC ?????????

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From: "Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH" <????????????????????>
Subject: BBC World Service "Outlook" segment on cigar smoking in the US

The BBC World Service daily airs a sort of current-events "magazine" called
"Outlook".  Today (7 April 1995) one of the segments was on the "rebirth" of
cigar smoking in the U.S.  While I personally don't like cigars (I stick
exclusively to --- and greatly enjoy --- pipes) I listened to the segment.
(Twice... it's aired during both morning and evening broadcasts to the U.S.
For those in North America who want to listen in, it's relayed via Sackville,
British Columbia on 9.515MHz mornings and 5.975MHz evenings.  "Outlook" is
aired at 1405 UTC and 2305 UTC and lasts 55 minutes.  [10:05am and 7:05pm EDT]
Outside the U.S. there are other frequencies, e.g. 12.095MHz in Europe ---
also receivable in the eastern U.S. afternoons on most days.)

There wasn't anything in the segment that anyone on this list doesn't already
know via recent Digests, but it might be an eye-opener to folks not on our
good list --- including a brief mention of the DC smoke-in and of women taking
up cigars.  It also noted that Alfred Dunhill has been giving introductory
cigar-smoking "seminars" in New York.

Brandon S. Allbery remote from Parma, OH        []          KF8NH
(finally at 14400...)

[ Could you please us know more about these seminars? Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????? (Charles E. Slate)
Subject: Making a list of Canadian/Mexican stores


Many thanks for your wonderful digest. I've been lurking here for a few
issues, so I figure it's high time to drop you a note. I'm mainly a cigar
smoker, having given up pipes for cigarettes a few years ago. I prefer the
Arturo Fuente's by far as a "regular" smoke, but I always try and find
something new to try.

The reason for this note is twofold, though. I am trying to compile a
comprehensive list of Tobacconists and Tobacco stores in Canada and Mexico
that are close enough to our borders to visit without taking a vacation.
These should be places withing a day's drive, actually. This is for people
who want to try a real Cuban cigar, but don't know where to go to get them.
I would also like to post addresses and phone numbers of stores that are
near major tourist centers, such as Whistler and Cabo San Lucas. I plan to
post this list in several places, and it will be called "The Border Store
FAQ". It'll be posted in AOL, Compu$erve, Alt.smokers.cigars, and also on
the WWW, thanks to a very generous donation of a page. I would also like to
post it to your digest, if you will have it that is.

What I need from your readers are addresses and phone numbers of Tobacco
shops that can be easily reached from the U.S. Please send them to:
????????????????? or ????????????????

Thanks a bunch, Steve! Happy Smoking!

Charles E. Slate

Charles E. Slate                      X       Author of "Mac Mania"
                                      X         Seen monthly in:
?????????????????                     X "PC People Magazine" Lake Worth, FL
??????????????? (sorry, Andy)         X
??????????????????                    X       Author of "Mac Maven"
                                      X         Seen monthly in
VOX (707)-649-8426                    X   "Tri-City Computing Magazine"
http://www.albany.com                 X            Albany, NY


[ Good luck, Charles, and we'd appreciate a pointer to your list when
you get it compiled! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Nanosh J. Lucas)
Subject: Internet Pipe Digest

Hi -

I was supposed to do this a long time ago, but haven't had time.  I would
like to give a little information about myself for the benefit of the
readers of this digest.  My name is Nanosh Lucas, I'm a student at Foothill
College in California (Los Altos), I actually hardly ever smoke anything.
I do, however, know pipes fairly well.  I've had the benefit of working
with Marty Pulvers at Sherlock's Haven for some time now, and the majority
of the pipes (at least, the used ones) find their way through through my
sight, and most often; my hands.  I refurbish them, I guess you could say.
I don't like Savinelli's too much; their stems are cheap and too quick
(except for the autographs) to oxidize.  Dunhills are ok, but I like Ser
Jacopo's, the most.  I have a strong dislike for meerschaums and other
non-wood pipes.  If I were to smoke anything, it would probably be a
fruity-sort of tobacco; I don't, however, have enough experience to judge
tobacco's.  If anyone has any questions as to how to "refurbish" a pipe, I
have done plenty to know, so I would be happy to answer any questions.
Enough about me; Marty asked me to pass along information that pertains to
questions in the March 16th edition:

To ??????????????:

Much apologies for your recent misfortune.  Marty would like you to know
that he has lots of Charatans, Ashtons, Tilsheads(&Upshalls).  Tilsheads
and Upshalls are actually made in the same place, though Upshalls are the
more upper status/price pipes.  He has great deals, ask anybody.  If you
(or anyone else) would like more information, you can email me at
???????????????? until Marty gets an email address of his own.
You were also wondering about American made pipes (of which we carry many).
Randy Wiley, Paul Perri, Roush (used), John Weiner & Andre, and David
Jones (some used, some large unsmoked) are all American pipe makers that he
could give you a $100-$130 price on.

>Steve, if you would rather I email this directly to TSUJoe than clutter up the
>Digest with this, just drop me a line,    thanks...

Nanosh J. Lucas
333 N. Rengstorff Ave. Apt #25
Mountain View, CA  94303

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: I would like to suscribe

Dear Sir,
     I type this letter while puffing of an Avo #2.  A fine Dominican fare
6in. x 50 ring with a wonderfully spicy note and a fine draw one cannot find
in a cigar of lesser quality.  I am twenty year old college student who has
been smoking cigars for the last six years.  Three years ago I began smoking
premium cigars after a man I worked with  began giving me Te-Amo churchills
in a maduro wrapper.  Since then I have become a devoted cigar smoker who is
intrested in keeping moderation in my pursuit of the ultimate pleasure, the
cigar.  Please strongly consider me for membership in regards to this news
letter.My address is ??????????????????
                                                       Thank You,
                                                       Corey Vaughan

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From: ???????????????? (Thomas Glenn Zimmerman)
Subject: Tobacco Descriptions


Here's a listing of tobacco descriptions I received from M. Arndt in 
response to my request.
I thought it might prove useful to others in the Digest (if you have not 
already received a copy from Mr. Arndt).

Dunhill:    (made in UK)

   A richer, more thoughtful mixture for the evening. A subtle blending of
   the best American leaf with 50% Latakia and small leaved Turkish, matured
   by the blenders and specially processed for a slow, lasting smoke. Just
   prior to packing, costly Perique tobacco is added to enhance the bouquet.  
   Full strength.                 

   'Standard Mixture' Mild and Medium 
   A traditional 'English' smoking mixture using the finest grades of pure
   tobacco. Cyprus Latakia and Oriental tobacco from the Mediterranean is
   blended with the flue cured grades from East Carolina and Georgia lightly
   toasted in a drying drum to enhance the flavour. This, Dunhill's most
   popular tobacco, is available in both Mild and Medium forms, the latter
   providing a cooler, richer smoke ideal for the beginner.
   Mild and mediun in strength.

   'Early Morning Pipe'
   A traditional Dunhill mixture of mild and delicate flavour providing a
   satisfying, slow burning smoke. Sweet burning Oriental tobacco is carefully
   blended with bright and red Virginias, pressed and lightly stoved. The
   blend is further enhanced by medium fired Latakia. Ideal for the 'first
   pipe' arousing the pulse for the further pleasures of the day.
   Mild in strength.

   'My Mixture No.965'    
   This distinctive mixture has found international popularity with
   connoisseurs of full-bodied tobacco and is often described as 'the finest
   smoking mixture ever produced'. Choicest small Latakia leaves are used to
   impart the rich nutty flavour and coolness required by our customers.
   Bright oriental leaves from Macedonia are used for sweetness. To complete
   the blend we added Brown Cavendish tobacco rich in natural oils and aroma.
   A delightful fragrant smoke for the confirmed pipe smoker.  
   Mild to medium in strength

   The 'Royal Yacht' Mixture
   Truly a luxurious, aromatic tobacco. Highest quality Lemon and Bronzed
   Virginia leaves are carefully conditioned to ensure sweetness and are added
   to rich, heavy-bodied Virginia noted for coolness. A unique flavour is
   added to the final blend to enhance the subtle and piquant aroma. This
   internationally famous mixture is ideal for smoking when in company.   
   Mild in strength.            

   'Light Flake'  
   A medium strength cut flake of selected grades of Lemon and Bronzed
   Virginias. One of our most demanding brands to process, both in time and
   expertise, to ensure the quality expected by Dunhill traditions. Ideal for
   sportsman and those who smoke outdoors. If unrubbed, Light Flake will keep
   fresh in the pouch much longer than Mixtures.  
   Mild in strength.         

   'London Mixture'  
   A good example of the skilful blending of Latakia with Virginia and Turkish
   leaf. Being of medium cut and strength it is ideal for the beginner. It has
   a pleasant aroma and a flavour which never seems to cloy.  
   Medium in strength.    

   'Elizabethan Mixture'
   A romantic Virginia mixture using tobacco grades from the 'New World'.
   Tobaccos grown in the areas of North America first colonized during the
   reign of Queen Elizabeth I are pressed to darken and enrich then carefully
   cut to ensure even burning. Costly black Perique is finally added to give
   the blend a stimulating flavour.
   Medium in strength.    

 other comments:

   Standard Mild    mild     - "not a whole lot stronger than
   Standard Medium  "mild"   -  your aromatic cavendish", trad. English
   Royal Yacht      long cut, mild, recommended as summer/morning smoke
                    Lemon and Bronze Virginia
   Mixture 965      Brown Cavendish, Latakia, Macedonia
   Early Morning    Latakia, Oriental, Bright and Red Virginia (lighter)
   London Mixture   Latakia blend
   Nightcap         Perique, heavy Latakia, Turkish, Virginia
   Elizabethan      Latakia/Perique blend, heavy, 'hot smoking, acrid'
   Virginia Blend   100% Virginia, English oriented taste
   Light Flake      100% Virginia, medium strength, rather sweet

MacBaren:   (made in Denmark)

   Dark Twist       comparable to Cope's Escudo
   Golden Extra     mild, Virginia
   Latakia Mixture  mild, spun cut
   Burley           100% Burley, should be very mild
   Plumcake         Navy Cavendish, Virginia/Burley with dark rum
   Scottish Blend   ?, one user alternates this with Amphora Red Pouch, mild
   Virginia #1      100% Virginia, "very distinctive,original taste", mild
   Navy Flake       heavy but sweet
   <general info>   favor Burley as the main ingredient, stronger blends

Danke sehr, Auf Wiedersehen! (Meine Unterschrift)

[ Thanks for the list, Tom! -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: moderated fine smoke forum

sir, please include me in your group.  i'm new to this medium, but very
experienced in the pleasures of fine cigar and pipe smoke.  also, do you have
many female devotees to the weed, such as myself, join  you?  we are not as
rare as many think.

[ We have a few, and wish there were more! Welcome! -S. ]

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(To a dog owner:) "Certainly. [to dog:] Gimme paw."

                                - From "101 Ways to Answer the
                                  Question, 'Would You Please Put Out
                                  that #(!&*!$ Cigar'," Hague et. al.,

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #185 -- April 9 1995
  2. Subject: Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Subject: Moderated mailgroup for cigars, pipes, fine tobacco
  4. Subject: Pipes Digest
  5. Subject: Humidors
  6. Subject: Re: #1(2) Pipes Digest #184 -...
  7. Subject: Smoker's Profile
  8. Subject: Re: #2(2) Pipes Digest #184 -...
  9. Subject: 1000 Virtual Smokes
  10. Subject: my intro message
  11. Subject: April 1st: PD #184.
  12. Subject: Introduction.
  13. Subject: Introduction
  14. Subject: used pipes
  15. Subject: Chicagoland pipe sale and smoker
  16. Subject: The Down-East Pipe Scene
  17. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest
  18. Subject: Re: Rothman exposes Waxman
  19. Subject: Response to a Reader
  20. Subject: C&D reviews for PD
  21. Subject: PIPE 182
  22. Subject: Re: #1(2) Pipes Digest #184 -- April 1, 1995
  23. Subject: Peterson Markings
  24. Subject: Kirsten Pipes
  25. Subject: Dunhill
  26. Subject: Smoke Signal #15
  27. Subject: Re: Moderated mailgroup for cigars, pipes, fine tobacco
  28. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #184 -- April 1, 1995
  29. Subject: PD #184 ("Kevin's" letter)
  30. Subject: Cigar Report from U.S. Senate
  31. Subject: Radio Shack Calibration !!!
  32. Subject: Subscribe
  33. Subject: Events, clubs, &c
  34. Subject: 1995 Ohio Pipe Collectors Swap/Sell Pipe Show
  35. Subject: CAPS and tobacciana collection
  36. Subject: message for PD
  37. Subject: Hong Kong
  38. Subject: Locally made pipes
  39. Subject: Pipe Digest
  40. Subject: Pipe Friendly followup
  41. Subject: Re: Waxman Outed!
  42. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest back issues, part 13
  43. Subject: Re: #3(4) Your Pipes Digest s...
  44. Subject: BBC World Service "Outlook" segment on cigar smoking in the US
  45. Subject: Making a list of Canadian/Mexican stores
  46. Subject: Internet Pipe Digest
  47. Subject: I would like to suscribe
  48. Subject: Tobacco Descriptions
  49. Subject: moderated fine smoke forum
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