alternate englands - belated questions

Dorian E. Gray israfel at
Tue Feb 15 14:26:02 EST 2005

Minnow quoted...

> (it was a pity, so it was, this villainous salt-petre should be digged out
> of the bowels of the harmless earth.)

Well, maybe, but plenty of other things combust pretty nicely.  If saltpeter 
didn't exist, humans would probably have found other ways of making bangs.

Dorian (cynical). 

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