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Subject: Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995

		Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995
	     Copyright (C) 1995 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 1574

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Jonathan A Cohen <??????????????????>
Subject: Escudo 50gm

Dear Steve

	I noticed your comment in the last Pipe Digest which avers that 
Escudo is only unavailable in 100g tins, but is available in 50's.  I am 
unsure what to make of this.  I have it on excellent authority that 
Escudo is out of production, and unavailable from major suppliers who may 
still list it in their catalogs, but can no longer deliver.  Further, my 
original understanding was that the 50g tins were the first to be gone, 
and the 100's were the last.  If you have any knowledge of suppliers who 
have current stock of Escudo in any size, other than Bob Hamlin (who has 
10 year old 100g tins for $50), I would like to know about it.  I would 
not like to know about suppliers who still catalog Escudo, but have no 
stock; they are embarassing to contact.  Frankly, you need not even 
contact me personally about this matter, although I would be delighted to 
be first to know about any suppliers who haven't sold out weeks or months 
ago.  Rather, a clarification in the newsgroup or next P.D. would be 
excellent.  Thanks for reading this.

Jon Cohen <??????????????????>

[ I stand corrected. -S. ]


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From: "Jonathan Probber" <??????????????>
Subject:       Registry info

Steve,

Wanted to get details on Tobacco Taverne to you for directory
Here's dope on the two branches:

Tobacco Taverne
256 Calder Way
State College PA 16801
(814) 237-8252

Tobacco Taverne
519 East 25th Avenue
Altoona PA 16601
(814) 949-9007

Owner is Don Wonderling;  he uses a talented blender who's come up 
with a variety of fascinating blends for every taste, with advice 
from a taster's panel. I can send you a list of blends (with good 
descriptions....) if you send me non-virtual address.......

Cheers!

Jon 
=========================================================
Graduate Student
Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management
The Pennsylvania State University
=========================================================

[ Thanks, Jon!  And thanks to Matt Libhart and Patrick North, who also
sent Tobacco Taverne's address. -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????????? (Chris Reinhart)
Subject: Logically Absurd Conclusions (again)

Steve,
        (Apologies to all.  I don't know why my message didn't appear after
my heading in Digest 202.  I was trying to cut and paste and apparently
didn't do it correctly.  Anyway, I'll type it out this time...)
        I read the following on NandoNet News on 10/26/95: (I hope the "free
market think tank" is pursuing this with tongue in cheek) -

Group to FDA: if tobacco is a drug, so is coffee

WASHINGTON - A free market think tank said Wednesday if the Food and
Drug Administration goes ahead with its drive to regulate tobacco as a
drug it should do the same for coffee and cola.  "FDA's tobacco
proposal sets out new criteria for classifying substances as drugs and
devices, and these criteria are as applicable to caffeine as they are
to nicotine," Competitive Enterprise Institute general counsel Sam
Kasman said in a news release.  "FDA has an obligation to apply these
criteria evenhandedly."  Hoping to "wake up" the FDA as it formulates
its policy on nicotine, the institute filed a petition saying
regulation of caffeine beverages would be the logical next step.  The
petition noted that the drive to treat nicotine as a drug was based on
arguments that it is addictive and affects the central nervous system,
that cigarette makers manipulate the level of nicotine to obtain these
effects, and that most regular smokers begin as minors.  "All the
arguments FDA uses against tobacco can also be used against caffeine,"
the news release said, adding that a wide range of soft drink
advertising campaigns show the industry deliberately markets these
products to young people.

Nation Briefs - Oct 26, 1995  01:42 EDT  (c) Copyright Nandonet

        I guess there are those who won't be happy until we're all
existing (??) solely on bottled water and organically grown celery!
But as absurd as this story may sound (to me, anyway) I think it does
illustrate very well what could happen if we are not vigilant in
protecting our rights to choose to smoke (and drink caffeinated
beverages!!).

[ I also heard that there's another group that wants to ban
wood-burning fireplaces, on the grounds that wood smoke is "16 times
as bad as tobacco smoke."  Maybe the FDA will classify fireplaces as
drug delivery devices next... -S. ]


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From: ??????????????? (Steve Beaty)
Subject: Iwan Ries and Co. online

Steve,

        busy week for the Web pages :-)  Iwan Ries and Co. are putting up a
Web page at:

        http://www.iwanries.com/

Steve Beaty                                                   ???????????????
Hewlett-Packard                               ???????????????????????????????
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA            http://www.lance.colostate.edu/~beaty/

[ Thanks for the update! -S. ]

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From: "1Lt Derrick Stamos" <????????????????????????????>
Subject:      partner question

I have an interesting situation. I have been interested in pipe smoking for a
couple of years but had never done anything about it until recently. I decided
to go to a local shop, inquire about the hobby and the merchandise, and the
nice lady there sold me a good pipe and some mild tobacco. I went home, lit up
for the first time, and after figuring out how to keep it lit, proceeded to
actually enjoy the experience quite a bit. So whats the point of the story you
say? Well, I've always been an anti-smoking sort of person - to cigarettes that
is, I really have no use for them at all. My long term girlfriend knows this
and shares my view, disliking smoking herself and not going to places where it
would be prevalent. My problem is this, I've discovered I like pipe smoking
and wish to contuine but how do I broach this subject to my girlfriend, who
apparently hates all forms of smoking and thinks I do too.(because I actually
did until I tried it!) If I just pull out my pipe next time were together and
light up, she'll think I've gone insane! So, what's a newly "converted" pipe
puffer to do? Before you even start, finding a new girlfriend is NOT an option
under consideration!! ;)  Thanks for your help! ---- P.S. this same situation
applies to friends and associates, none of which have seen me smoke. -DDS

[ I guess a lot of new cigar smokers have had the same predicament.
I'd just tell her about your new-found pleasure, in a non-threatening
way, and ask her to be tolerant.  Maybe it'd be a good idea to offer
to switch to any kind of pipe tobacco whose aroma she particularly
enjoys.  A nice vanilla Cavendish works wonders.

Have other members dealt successfully with this problem? Best of luck! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????? (MICHAEL WACHS)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #202 -- October 29, 1995

Hi.  I'm a very young pipe smoker and justed started about, oh I don't
know, about 6 months ago.  Anyhow,  my friends and I really love a 
great pipe.  In fact,  I have even converted my friends to a pipe from
pot.  The only problem is we can't really get it and I almost done with 
my pouch.  I also wanted to comment on how great it is to have so
 many subscribers.  Second of all, I wanted to know if anyone was opposed
to me smoking a pipe, and if so, why?
Thanks=-)
Mike

 ....what I need I just don't have.
			         
				  -The Clash


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From: ?????????????? (Matthew R. Libhart)
Subject: Pipe Digest

Matt here at State College,

        In response to the strange looks that Jason Vagner gets in the smoke
shops as a 24 year old cigar smokers, I can definitely relate, I'm an 18
year old pipe smoker.
        Also, another plug for that Tobacco Tavern in State College (I'm not
working for them, I promise).  Bill Pickering saw some clay churchwardens in
Arkansas, the Tavern's got them.  $12.95 each, and if you buy two, you get a
nice wooden stand with them.
        
                        Everyone Smoke in Peace
                                
                                                            Matt Libhart.


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From: Joel Bloch <????????????????>

Steve,

I've been receiving the PD since your return from your honeymoon, and would
like to start off by offering you and the Mrs. my heartiest congrats.

I've been smoking since I was 13 (am now 49), but, unfortunately, I started
out with cigarettes, and only discovered the pleasure of pipe smoking many
years later.

Living in Israel, as I have for the past 27 years, I find myself rather
limited in the selection of pipes available, and with a rather small pipe
smoking population (most Israelis are cigarette smokers). There also don't
seem to be many real tobacconists in business, and so I'm limited as to
what's available as far as what to put in my pipe and smoke it goes.

I have, however, been able to build up a small collection of reasonably good
pipes over the years, including some locally made Shalom pipes and some
Petersons, the pride and joy of my collection being the 3 Peterson
Meerschaums that I own.

I've gotten used to the fact that I usually have to smoke my pipe by myself,
although it's always been my feeling that a good pipe is best enjoyed in the
company of at least one other piper, as there is never a lack of a subject
for conversation. Once you've discussed the weather, the local politics,
financial and job situations, you can always go on to the important stuff,
like pipes and tobacco. (I've never heard cigarette smokers have a
discussion about various brands of cigarettes - have you?)

Anyway, those are my thoughts for the moment. I enjoy getting the PD, and
always look forward to it.

Bye for now - Joel

[ Ah, but see Rev. Laszlo's Smokelist, referenced in the missive
immediately following! -S. ]


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From: "Mnsgr. Laszlo" <?????????????????>
Subject: Uhle's, and moving the Smokelist...

Salve', all!

	Steve, please change my address from ??????????????????????? to
??????????????????  I recently received my Bachelor's in Philospphy, so
my net access must now move from that Great Mouthful of a domain to a
pleasingly mnemonic, not to mention sarcastic, domain reminiscent of the
infamous alt.foo.bar.bar.bar newsgroup naming scheme -- a delightful
transition, methinks.  Natch, the Smokelist of ratings for imported and
luxury-brand cigarets has moved with me, tho' the "finger server" idea
seems to be a bit boondoggled here; I've got the file permissions (if
not persimmons) correct, but I've been getting reports of Osterized
results coming back when someone tries to finger my account.  I'd really
appreciate it if PD subscribers could give me some feedback on how my
account is returning "finger" inquiries.  Pals?  Some help?  (Oh, I will
suggest that piping to "more" [i.e. finger ????????????????? | more] is
advisable, as the Smokelist is several screens long.)

	Now, on other matters...

[somebody, I neglected to save whom] quoth:
> I know that it's listed in the Resource Guide, but my favorite pipe shop is
> Uhle's in Milwaukee.  The first time I entered Uhle's, I knew that I would
> love it.  There were about a dozen customers inside.  Most of them were
> smoking a pipe.  As I walked in, several of them either nodded in my
> direction or murmured a greeting.  Store personnel bustled about; one of them
> was smoking a maduro-wrapped churchill.  (I have been in an increasing number
> of smoke shops that don't permit smoking in the store, not because of local
> ordinances prohibiting it, but because non-smoking coffee-customers might be
> offended.  Makes sense, huh?)

	<sigh.> Uhle's is yet another of the reasons I regret ever having
left Milwaukee.  A swell lot, the whole crew of 'em.  I'd highly recommend
a trip to Uhle's (BTW, it's pronounced "YOU-lees") for anyone breezing
through Brewtown, especially if you can make it on a Thursday evening when
the shop stays open 'til 8pm for the clientele's weekly rite of tobacco-
stoked, after-work fraternization.  The place is downtown on the main
drag, Wisconsin Avenue, next to the Riverside Theatre and across from
Marshall Field's.  My favourite guys there are Jeff, who makes me think of
a former nine-to-fiver who made a wish for his dream-job and *got* it, and
Stan, the young, somewhat-anachronistic, jovial eccentric.  Tell 'em Tyson
(the guy with the cigaret list) sent ya.

	Check out the pipes in the display cases, especially the little
case in the middle of the floor -- bulldogs the size of a *billiard ball*;
an Ueliphant (sp?) pipe which has *no bend* from stem to bowl (!), just a
sweeping flare from bit to mouth, with a slight curve upward; an ancient
Dunhill trench lighter of ingeniously simple design; and then there's the
little silver box apparatus of indeterminate purpose (it has a trough-
shaped well under the top lid, and the side lid reveals a metal bottle
under the well with a wick kept under a tethered screw-top), which they
got as a freebie in a shipment, and which they've promised to give away to
anyone who can identify it authoritatively (no speculation; you've got to
*recognize* the blasted thing).  

> Uhle's has a plentiful supply of pipes and accessories.  They operate a small
> tobacco factory, where they hand-blend their pipe tobaccos.  I have purchased
> at least eight of their blends, aromatic and non-aromatic, and there wasn't a
> beast in the bunch!  They offer over two dozen of their own blends.

	Drop in anytime from about Thanksgiving to X-mas, when Uhle's has
their annual "Christmas Blend" available -- a "festively aromatic" blend,
different every year, sold only during that month-and-a-half or so (altho'
one of these proved so popular that it made it onto the regular menu; it
became their new "Brand X (Trapper's Treat)" after the old Brand X had to
be retired owing to the unavailability of a crucial ingredient).  Those of
us on Uhle's mailing list get a holiday postcard redeemable for a 1.5-oz.
pouch of the blend, gratis.  True, it may be mere test-marketing, but they
sure do it with class, no?

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   |       |  UPDATED SMOKELIST WITH RATINGS AVAILABLE ON FINGER!
   |       |  "A hobby, not a habit -- smoke less and enjoy it more!"
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From: ?????????????
Subject: Visit to Puerto Rico

Dear Steve,

I have been enjoying the digest very much.  Thanks for your hard work.

I am going to Puerto Rico in January.  And, I have a few questions.  1.
 Where can I find a good cigar shop?  2.  I know of at least one cigar
manufacturer on the island (Consolidated).  Are there any others and do they
offer tours?  3.  Does anyone hand roll cigars in PR?

Thanks for the help.

Rod


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From: ??????????? (Mark Tinsky)
Subject: #200

I found the archive on Steve B page Thanxs . One day I d like to write some
sort of history on Am pipemakers before their stories are lost. Here s an
inquiry I wrote to Rex which I doubt  he ll be able to answer would you be
able to include this in some form for PD feel free to edit MT

Dear Rex
Just read thru the list . I didn t realize there were so many and I  didn t
realize there were so many I knew. But I  am saddened to read of the death
of Frank Augsbergerer of Champaign, IILL. Frank moved to West Caldwell NJ
at the tender age of 17 to learn how  to be a pipemaker under Jack
Weinberger, JHW pipe,who Curt and I had  were working for. Talk about wet
behind the ears. Frank was so funny it was unbelievable. But he sincerly
wanted to be a pipe maker in the worst way. I forget everything that
happened but he eventually moved back home as Jack broke him in slower than
he thought his potential deserved. But he did start making pipes on his
own. I m sorry to say over the years I lost track of him and  I would like
to hear some sort of epilouge. If anyone has any knowledger of  what
happenned to Frank , I d like to know. Mark Tinsky

I m going to send  a copy to Steve M  maybe he ll print it. Also I heard
George Allen of E. Stroudsburg died. I was friendly with him and then one
day I stopped in at his shop to see him and it was no more. Just recently I
heard he had  died.


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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: The OLDIES

Steve --

As you may recall, I recently e-mailed a contribution to PD #202
concerning "old" tobaccos.  I would be *very* interested in hearing
from pipesmokers who have tried various oldies.  I am "aging" a
growing cache of tobacco myself (ca. 75 tins -- and growing!).  As
you may know, Bob Hamlin (PCCA) sometimes obtains limited supplies
of oldies and makes them available to the membership.  Bob is a
repository of information on these tobaccos. -- Are there PDers out
there who have smoked oldies (>10 years old)?  What was your reaction
to them?

Puff, Puff,
Rick Welch


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From: ?????????????????????????? (Neil Murray)
Subject: St. Paul Minnesota

Recently one of your readers asked, "Are there pipe clubs in Minnesota?"
 As all subscribers to the Agricultural & Mechanical Gazette know ( this
is a shameless plug for my publication) The Grumblers Club meets each
saturday morning at the J.R. Fielding Tobacconist -- located on
Lexington Ave in St. Paul.  This is one of the better pipe shops -- they
do have cigars too, but who cares -- in Minnesota.  The Grumblers Club
is a pipe smoking club, of very irregular fellows, who sit around the
round table at the front of the shop and review Minnesota and national
problems.  As you may recognize, actually solving all or even some of
Minnesota's problems is probably beyond the capability of any group of
humans.
    Anyway, lot of interesting folks there including politicians,
airline pilots, 3M employees, university folks, police, retired guys,
and just about any other career field you might want to find.  And the
only requirement is that you have a pipe, cigar and an opinion.
    See what people miss by not subscribing to the most entertaining
literary publication in the Great North Woods?  Not to mention our Pipe
Fiction -- not to be confused with Pulp Fiction -- or Science Fiction
Thanks.
         Neil Murray


[ Sounds like a neat club, Neil!  Kind of an in-person alt.peeves,
with antis not allowed. -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Great Digest

Steve - my congrats on a great digest.  I'm in awe every time a get a new
digest and I see the number of new people who have become members. GREAT JOB!
I have to also pass along a pleasant surprise thanks to Bill Fink Jr.'s
generous offer to provide a free sample of tobacco (Pipe Digest #200) from
his company - Finck Cigar Company.  I received my sample yesterday and truly
enjoyed a pipeful of "Royal Achievment".  So much so that I took advantage of
a sampler offer and mail ordered several sample packs (1.5 oz)  from his
catalog.  Thanks to your digest for providing the source.

Lester Aradi

[ Yes, we've been enjoying Bill's sampler too! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????????????? (Jeffrey M. Poulin)
Subject: New C&D Oferings

Steve:  I tried some new blends (pressed) that Craig had at the CORPS show and
I thought your readers might be interested in my impressions.

Craig Tarler of Cornell and Diehl Tobacco has a new style of pipe tobacco: 
blends pressed under hydraulic pressure.  The result is a one pound brick. 
Just cut or break off a small amount, crumble to the desired texture and fill
your pipe.  This is not like a flake or disk such as Erinmore Flake or
Macbarren's Twist.  The blends Craig offered at the Richmond CORPS show (he
brought several for people to sample) were natural blends lacking the
additives or stickiness needed to form a hard mass.  Instead his brick
crumbles cleanly and easily.

The samples Craig brought were his Oriental Silk, Yale Mixture, and Exclusive
(the Escudo match) blends, all of which I have smoked before and enjoyed. 
The pressing process doesn't change the final texture or taste but it makes a
significant difference in the overall effect.  The flavors of the individual
tobaccos blend and marry to each other in the pressing process.  I found the
result in all of the offerings to be a smoother, more mellow smoke that did
not sacrifice the blend's unique character.  And that mellow effect actually
became more pronounced as I continued to smoke the bowl.  It was improvement
without change.  These are my impressions but several veteran smokers,
familiar with these blends, agreed with me.

Craig will not be offering all of his blends in this manner, but there will
be several.  Ask him about it when you place your next order.

On another matter, I tried a couple of C&D blends which were new to me. 
(Yes, there are a few I haven't tried yet.)  I like the challenge of
describing a purely subjective impression (taste) in a way that others can
understand.  So here goes.

Trade Winds:  This is a blend of burley, Virginia and sweetened latakia.  It
is flavorful but not harsh or overpowering.  One of the appeals of this blend
for me is that it goes very well with sweet black tea, especially, for me,
Earl Gray.  I'll be enjoying this combination on cold winter evenings.

Scot's Pub:  This is a blend of Scandanavian style cavendish tobaccos, medium
cut, and lightly flavored with scotch whiskey.  This blend has plenty of
flavor but provided a mild smoke without a heavy aroma for those around me. 
(Scot's Pub would be a good "morning pipe" for those of us who indulge in a
bowl of tobacco before lunch.)  For fun of an evening, I tried it with
different scotches.  My preferred brand is Lagavulin (when I can afford it). 
It completely overwhelmed the taste of the tobacco but Lagavulin is one of
the most pungent of the single malts.  On the other hand, it complemented the
taste of lighter, blended scotches such as J&B and Scoresby.  Scot's Pub also
went well with medium strength coffee and tea.  I'm not much for aromatics,
especially the heavy, sticky kind, but this blend is flavored lightly enough
to let the tobacco taste come though.  (Craig lays on the flavor by hand
instead of steaming them in, which results in a more elegant, less sticky
blend.)  I'll be getting some with my next order.

If others have tried these blends, I would be curious to know if you agree
with my impressions.  As usual, I have no connection with C&D except as a
satisfied customer.  Happy Puffing!  The Bear.
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From: Paul B Smith <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Hello...

To Steve and Friends,

	 I read all your info. on the WWW and a few newsletters, and
finally decided to go out and confront the inevitable - I bought my first
pipe.  I recently turned 18, but have been enjoying the luxury of cigars
for a couple of years now.  I decided to branch off into the pipe smoking
realm, and to this point have not been disappointed.  It is rather
difficult to pinpoint the unique attraction to pipes, especially for a
young man such as myself, but I have concluded that such an inquiry is
irrelevant.  There is something about cradling a pipe in your hand on a
cold day looking outside a window at the franctic pace of others.  I
admire such simplicity.  

	I am currently enrolled in Eastern Illinois University, and 
originate from the St. Louis area.  There are app. 5 or so shops in the 
Metro area, but the vast plains of Illinois are not exactly a breeding 
ground for many tobacco shops.  The nearest location is Jon's Pipe Shop 
at the University of Illinois, which is an hour or so from here.  

	I felt confident as I strode into the establishment, armed with 
my newly acquired knowledge from your handy resources on the Internet.  
Such information was absolutely invaluable to the proper selection of a 
quality pipe.  I decided on a Canadian style GBD mainly because of the looks 
and affordable price.  It met the approval of a few connoiseurs who were 
present at the time which was an extra vote of confidence.  I don't have 
a lot of money right now, so I wanted to make sure I was getting the best 
purchase I could.  The proprietors were very friendly and threw in all 
the necessities with the original price of the pipe - which I greatly 
apprecitated.  Another gentlemen present at the time, was even kind 
enough to buy me an ounce and a half of his special blend to get me 
started.  Needless to say, with the treatment I recieved, I will 
certainly return.

	I did have some troubles keeping the pipe lit, though. I 
purchased the Canadian because I wanted to avoid the problems associated 
with moisture collecting in the bowl from my mouth.  Perhaps I will 
venture into such an investment as that in another time.  I have worked 
out some of the intial problems, and things are finally moving along.

	I am running out of time here; the lab closes in 15 min.  Just 
wanted to write and share a few details of my first experiences with the 
fine art of pipe smoking.  God bless you all.

				Sincerely,

					Paul B. Smith


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From: Terence Ronson <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Cigar Box Markings

Can anyone tell me how to read the code on the underside of the box on Cuban
cigars?

I believe this shows the factory or origin and date.

Thanks.

Terence.

??????????????????????????

[ If so, I'm sure our other members would be interested. -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????? (Nanosh J. Lucas)
Subject: Pulvers' Tobacco List

Hello Everyone -

Just a quick not to say the Pulvers' Prior Briar Tobacco List is up for
those of you anxiously waiting (and patiently, I must add).

The address is as always http://www.netreach.com/busonweb/Sherlocks/

For those of you waiting for new pipes, we should have something VERY soon.
A list of 150 will be up shortly, with at least twenty-five that you will
be able to view through your WWW browser.  For those of you who aren't on
the snail-mail list, you have a very short time to get on it before we send
out the long-awaited mailer.  Please send it to ??????????????????????
(please, if you've sent it already chances are we have triplicates of your
address already...).

Thanks for all the interest!

Nanosh J. Lucas
Netreach Communications
P.O. Box 52044
Palo Alto, CA  94303
Phone: 415-691-0338
Email: ????????????????????
http://www.netreach.com



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From: ??????????????????????? 
      (Sergio Iannini - SFI Comercio e Representacoes - Brazil)
Subject: South America Pipe Club

        Steve,
        We are fouding in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, the 'South America
Pipe Club - SAPC'.
        We have 1 meeting per month and in a near future we will have a
journal to our associates. Could you please advise our friends regarding
this new pipe club?
        We already have 3 associates:
        Mr. Antonio Rocha
        Mr. Leonardo Marine
        and I, Sergio Iannini, President of SAPC.
        Thank you!
        Sergio  
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[ Best wishes, Sergio! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????? (Abdul Rashid Abdullah)
Subject: pipe digest subscription

Hi Steve
Thank you for including me in your mailing list. I am already enjoying your
latest issue and I have this feeling that I am going to meet the nicest
people on earth through the digest.

I am an oppressed pipe smoker struggling to pursue what I think is a very
healthy habit in a society which is becoming increasingly intolerant and
paternalistic towards minorities. My puffing friends have all been converted
by the health freak and anti-smokers; most were just too tired to resist.
What I need is a group which can give me the moral support to go on puffing;
a group which says that "you are not alone".

Shid

[ You can count on it here, Shid. And welcome! -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: That odd feeling

Hi,
   Hope that someone out there can help me.I recieved a sampler pack of
tobbacco from  Craig Tarler a few weeks ago. I love most of the samples that
I got,but I have trouble smoking them. I will get through only one third to
one half of the bowl and I start feeling queezy and light headed. I have had
this feeling before with pipe tobbaccos that were very harsh and that I never
wanted to touch again, but this is the first time with really good tasting
ones that feel really "light" on my pallet. 
   I have been smokeing pipes and cigars for almost four years and I rotate
through about ten pipes and clean each after every use.
   Thatnks for any help that you can give me.
                                                                 Karl

[ If you need to lift your pipe on a pallet, you're packing it
waaaaaay too tight!  (Sorry, couldn't resist. :-) -S. ]


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Quote of the Week: 

"It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the
strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them
better.  The credit belongs to the man who in actually in the arena,
whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives
valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the
great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy
cause; who if he wins, knows the triumphs of high achievement; and
who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither
victory nor defeat."  

					Theodore Roosevelt

[ This came to me from a non-member who wishes me to withhold his
name.  We'll be publishing some of his other material in later
issues. -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #203 -- November 7, 1995
  2. Subject: Escudo 50gm
  3. Subject: Registry info
  4. Subject: Logically Absurd Conclusions (again)
  5. Subject: Iwan Ries and Co. online
  6. Subject: partner question
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #202 -- October 29, 1995
  8. Subject: Pipe Digest
  9. Subject: Uhle's, and moving the Smokelist...
  10. Subject: Visit to Puerto Rico
  11. Subject: #200
  12. Subject: The OLDIES
  13. Subject: St. Paul Minnesota
  14. Subject: Great Digest
  15. Subject: New C&D Oferings
  16. Subject: Re: Hello...
  17. Subject: Cigar Box Markings
  18. Subject: Pulvers' Tobacco List
  19. Subject: South America Pipe Club
  20. Subject: pipe digest subscription
  21. Subject: That odd feeling
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