FRANCE: Pipeline Anonymous

Although brandy is customarily drunk in elaborately small amounts, distillers (with a realistic appraisal of the demand) store it in vats often 32 ft. high and 39 ft. in diameter. A certain amount of evaporation occurs in these reservoirs, but not to the extent of 2,000 gallons a month or so, thought the owners of the Hazebrouck distillery in northern France. Yet their vats were guarded by special police, surrounded by high walls, and there seemed no opportunity for theft. Was there a leak? The Hazebrouck distillers drained off their largest vat....

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