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(78 Yrs. young), Ash Grove, Missouri

1.  When you enter the engine room, spit on the floor. We have water, lye, soap, mops, and brushes, and we will clean up as soon as you leave.

2.  Rub your hands on all polished work. It will give some one work and use the surplus polish.

3.  Put your hands on engine's bright work. You will then know if it is smooth, hot or cold. Tell others to do the same.

4.  Stay in the engine room as long as you please. The engineer has nothing to do but entertain visitors.

5.  Be sure to tell the engineer if his engine is pounding or running right, as he will not know it unless you do. He will stop and make repairs while you wait.

6.  Don't tell the engineer who you are. He is a mind reader and already knows you. Go anywhere in the engine room and you will please him.

7.  Advise him what to do, as you know best. The engineer is only there every day, and does not have a chance to see as much as you will in an hour.

8.  If the engineer is busy making repairs, tell him a good story you heard the other day, and, if possible, get in his way.

9.  Be sure and tell all you know. It won't take long.

10.  Call again, and repeat as above.

March, 1896