This one seems impossible, but here goes anyway:

Is there ANY FREE Mime reader for Native Mac System X,
to open attached MS Word .doc files from the Apple Mailer?
This got easy for the rest of us with PCs that downloaded Sun's Open Office and assigned it as the Mime Application.
And I know you can run (X11) and use Open Office.

But there doesn't seem to be ANY easy solution for
Apple Mail (OS X) to open one of these.

The solver will be deemed a hero and a minor god
to Mac users the world over.

Edit: I may have answered my own impossible question.
Has anyone tried Abiword 2.4.1?