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We had a wonderful surprise last weekend as Eddie and Kathi and the two grandchildren-came down on Sunday and stayed overnight. It was so good to see them all as it had been five months and my how the children grow in all ways in that time. Then with Dana and Bob living close we all got together for a bit -and their little one got to meet his two cousins from Bangor. Father and Eddie went hunting a bit on Monday to renew memories of years gone by and every minute was enjoyed by all. I used to think it was only the years that seemed to fly but now every day goes so rapidly and I can't seem to drink in all the wonderful things fast enough. And Donnie, Keli and Tommie are in. such interesting times of life I treasure each day of my life so much more than I did years ago.

And I must quit this rambling on as we are getting into the Christmas season and I know all you folks are busy and looking towards exciting things at the Yuletide. We are, I know. Of course this is the Jan-Feb. issue but it comes out quite early and I can still therefore wish you all again a lovely and Blessed Holiday Season. And then we're into another New Year and I thought maybe this poem might give us something to think about. It's entitled 'Lifting and Leaning,' by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

There are two kinds of people on earth today, Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the good and the bad, for 'tis well understood The good are half bad and the bad are half good.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift-flying years Brings each man his laughter and each man his tears.

Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man's wealth You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life's busy span Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.

No! the two kinds of people on earth I mean Are the people who lift and the people who lean.

Wherever you go you will find the world's masses Are ever divided in just two classes.

And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I ween, There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?

Or are you a leaner who lets others bear Your portion of worry and labor and care?

And now I must get on to a few letters that have come in recently as I'm sure you like to hear from your fellow readers.

A letter from Harry R. Muckley, 5213 N; W. 28th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309, writes us: 'I have just reread a book The Thrasher by Herbert Krause, published by Bobbs Merrill Co. This story presents a true picture of thrashing as it was done in the wheat belt during the last part of the 1800's. My father who grew up in Kansas told me much of the same story.

'The thought came to me that someone should write an account of barn thrashing as it was done in the eastern states where heavy dews made shock thrashing impractical before 10 or 11 o'clock in the forenoone.

'Professor Lorin Bixler would be ideal as the author of the book. The subject could be a composite of men like Raymond Laizure, Harry Mumaw, Tilden Langell, Emmet Slutz, Albert Ohl, Dave McDonald, Al Fasnacht, Roy Conn etc. Stemgas Publishing Co. would be publisher.'

Well, now that sounds like a pretty big order Mr. Muckley, but maybe some of these men could write us articles on this subject to be printed in the Iron-Men Album how about it?

Then Norbert J. Lucht of Athens, Illinois had written us 'If any of the readers of this magazine have histories of the Northwest Thresher Company or the A. B. Farquhar Company, I would like to get in touch with them. I enjoy corresponding with people who actually worked in the factories where engines and threshers were made. Another group of men who had interesting experiences were men who were salesmen for the old thresher firms. It was my privilege to correspond with several of these men before they passed away.' there you are I'm sure there must be some of you out there could write to Rev. Lucht on these interests.

D. H. Walke, Elkader, Iowa 52043, suggests we should have more material on helps in building things boilers, engine hints etc. He also says he was glad to see the column for young engineers. Well, we're always open for suggestions Mr. Walke, and if anyone sends us items of this type, we'll try and oblige by putting them in.