SOOT IN THE FLUES

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Well the New Year is upon us and I for one hope I'll be a better person in many ways this year than last - how about you?? When I start thinking of resolutions. I have myself pretty well torn apart and the list looks pretty long;, but I try and tackle some of the more prominent tasks to work on to better myself so I can help some brother along the way, but when the end of the veer comes around again -I really wonder if I've improved -well at least I'll keep trying and I guess that's something I think it was Andrew Mellon who said 'Wherever you find a mistake - there is evidence that someone was trying to do something' well like I said I'll keep trying.

Do hope you had as lovely a Christmas Season as we had - we could have had more leisure time to enjoy the Holidays but then I guess if things weren't going their hectic merry way around here all the time it wouldn't seem right! My hubby was home for Christmas to carve the turkey and our children's smiling faces and hungry tummies were all on time at the table and of course we were so happy our eldest son and our new daughter-in-law. Kathleen, could be with us - they spent Christmas Eve with her folks in Bangor and then they got up about 5 a.m. and I know that was hard to do and came down to Harrisburg - to spend Christmas with us and they wanted to be here for all the Christmas morning excitement and they arrived about 8 - they spent a few days with us (too few) but we're thankful for what time we do have together. Grandma was here too and we were sorry Kathi's parents couldn't be with us. but we all joined hands at the Christmas table as the blessing was said and you know - that's a wonderful thing to do - try it some time. Out of all the hurry scurry-crazy commercial, happy holiday and yes by all means the Blessed Season of our Saviour's Birth - this was one of our most cherished moments - we were all in one circle of love holding hands and my innermost prayer that we will recapture that moment many years with always room for another in our circle of love. These are the events that make our lives worth while and help us to face other moments not so happy. but here I am rambling on again about my clan-just can't help it folks-I love 'em. Little Tommie's face was aglow with the true shining light that seems to radiate from all children's faces when they behold the tree and the glitter - truly the angels smile through the faces of the little ones. Enough! next thing I'll have the column all tear-spotted and the ink will run. - Do have a wonderful year of 1966 - and it's my pleasure to help you if I am able to in any way.

I do have an excerpt from one letter this time from Frank J. Burris, Route 1. Box 1015, Yucaipa, California. Frank writes: 'I should like to comment on Mr. H. E. Clark's inquiry on page 17 of the Nov.-Dec. 1965 issue (One Californian can't let another down). Yes, at least one Corliss engine was fitted with a reverse gear. The Giant Nordberg Corliss double cross-compound steam engine on the original Ellison hoist of the Homestake Mining Company in Lead, South Dakota was reversed on every operation. A pair of cross-compound cylinders was mounted in a hugh 'V' with another set. each on a separate hoisting drum. These direct-connected drums and crankshafts were then side-rod connected like a locomotive. This engine stood about three stories high, and as I recollect was rated at approximately 2000 ho. This made it about the largest, or second largest Corliss in the world. I have ridden on her cage, and the descent to the 2000 foot level seemed to take only several seconds at 60 miles per hour. This wonderful engine was later replaced with an electric hoist. Yes. Mr. Clark. I was there. And it always stopped right on the dot!!'

Our Gas Engine Magazine is coming along better than we had thought, but we hope you will all be patient with us and give us a little time to grow -right now you know, it's an infant and it must learn to creep before it can walk and then run - you know what I mean - it's pretty small compared to Iron-Man but give it time. We see so many of your names coming into join in our new venture and we welcome you - your letters - stories and etc. and complaints - we do hope they're constructive though.

For the New Year Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving one to another-ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.

And be ye jolly! 'Laugh and the word laughs with you, Weep and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX