by David Page)
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Open the old cigar-box—let me consider a while—Another reference (1889) appears in From Sea to Sea, Chapter XXI:
Here is a mild Manilla—there is a wifely smile...
...A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke;
And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.
‘ . . . Above all, he should bring with him thousands of cheroots—enough to serve him till he reaches ’Frisco. Singapur is the last place on the line where you can buy Burmas. Beyond that point wicked men sell Manila cigars with fancy names for ten, and Havanas for thirty-five, cents. No one inspects your boxes till you reach ’Frisco. Bring, therefore, at least one thousand cheroots.’