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Re: Paw Paw, Brain Eno and Jazz Butcher

From: Dave Ungar <>
Date: Fri 20 Jul 2001 - 07:29:12 PDT



I always wondered what "The PawPaw Negro Blowtorch" meant.

... And was it Doc who hasn't been the same since he heard "Blank Frank"? (Or was it someone else...)


On Fri, 20 Jul 2001 10:12:27  
 Scott Deschaine wrote:

>Life is full of little connections. Regarding Paw Paw, here's a paragraph from
>WILD TALENTS by Charles Fort, the American chronicler of the strange and unexplained:
>In the NEW YORK SUN, Dec. 1, 1882, is an account of the occult powers of A.W.
>Underwood, a Negro, aged 24, of Paw Paw Michigan. The account, copied from the
>MICHIGAN MEDICAL NEWS, was written by Dr. L. C. Woodman, of Paw Paw. It was
>Dr. Woodman's statement that he was convinced that Underwood's phenomena were
>genuine. "He will take anybody's handkerchief, and hold it to his mouth, rub
>it vigorously, while breathing on it, and immediately it bursts into flames,
>and burns until consumed. He will strip, and will rinse out his mouth
>thoroughly, and submit to the most rigorous examination to preclude the
>possibility of any humbug, and then by his breath, blown upon any paper, or
>cloth, envelop it in flames. He will, while out gunning, lie down, after
>collecting dry leaves, and by breathing on them start a fire."
>And that's where Eno got the title "Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch" for the song on
>"I feel everything, when Eno sings." The Butcher from ILLUMINATE.
>Just thought you might want to know!
>Scott Deschaine
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