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SERIOUS POSITION'. Tho following account of tho briar pipe trade as affected by the war hay, been sent to tho English journal ‘Tobicco’ by a wellknown firm of briar pipe nianufactunns : 'The only iiewe in respect of our trade i,-. that all the factories at Sc. Claude are closed, as every able-bodied man, owners, managers, and workmen, have gone to the front. Even were the factories able to find a few non-combatants to carry mi they could not do so. because tho chief supply of vulcanised rubber comes Item Germany, where the factories are all closed down. Even wore it otherwise, all trade intercourse between the two nations is forbidden. The only other factory is in St. Claude, and that also is closed indefinitely. AVhat slock of bowls there may bo in England is governed by the stock of cheap mouthpieces, and these stocks aro so small as not to i-omit. A little sheet of Vulcanite is still in slock here, hut not well assorted, ami, of course, far too expensive for cheap goods. Also, it would not pay anyone to make fine bowls boro now, as the maker would have no mouthpieces with which to fit up his lower grades. Tho proportion of fine root suitable, for fitting to nand-cut sheet vulcanite is no more than about 6 per cent. He would have to seJi the few fine bowls with the cost, of the whole as a basis of cost which would make the price enormous, possibly quite prohibitive.

day pipes with vulcanite mouthpieces are affected in the .same way. Cherry pipes are entirely cut off. There are no vulcanite mouthpieces made in this country. It is a difficult ami highly-technicai industry, and no rubber maker hero has ever made it pay or thought it worth while to take up seriously. The probable deficiency of ordinary briar pipes and bowls, apart from Vienna goods and imitation pipes, amberoid tubes, etc., in certainly not less than £,10,000 a month at import prices.

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BRIAR PIPE TRADE, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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BRIAR PIPE TRADE Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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