Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July 28, 1916: “Smoking mixtures are the order of the day. . . .[Part II]”

“28 July. Ingenious Bakewell secured several old pipes, broke them up and boiled them in water, subsequently boiling some sennegrass in the weird infusion. This he carefully dried and chopped and now declares that he couldn’t distinguish the result from tobacco. The aroma was positively overpowering and can only be described as a combination of a fire at a leather factory and very 3rd class smoking carriage on a workingman’s train. Poor fellows, one cannot help but pity them, whilst congratulating oneself on not being a smoker, but what I would not give for a farthing’s worth of chocolate? All I possess.”

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