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March-April issue coming up and I can hardly believe it Middle of March it will be one year already that the magazine is with its new owner and we still have problems in many areas and we ask that you folks bear with us but we really feel things are perkin' along better than those first few months.

The Show Reports are really coming in and we're trying to get them all in the magazines as fast as possible. This goes for the stories also had a few letters inquiring why a story wasn't in Nov. Dec. or Jan. Feb. issue when it had been sent in around October - have patience, please we'll do the best we can, but we cannot put more in than goes in the ordered number of pages for each issue.

And don't forget Fellows, please if you take both magazines - and have been sent an extra September-October Gas Engine Magazine -we'll be most happy to get it back as we are in dire need of them.

I hope you all had a Blessed and Happy Holiday Season and are thriving on the New Year - our Holidays were not so pleasant this year as my Hubby had a heart attack December 17 and was hospitalized for three weeks - he is home now and progressing nicely, but it surely threw everything into a tailspin - and I know many of you will be able to understand how harried our Vacation Days were this year. Ed had been shoveling snow quite awhile, as he has done in all years past, but something went wrong - but we'll not dwell on that now as we are looking forward eagerly to his complete recovery and we are very grateful that it  wasn't much worse. We believe that 'all things work together for good to those that believe in God, and obey his commandments'. So we are truly seeking the Blessing that comes from all adversities. We have much to be thankful for and look ahead to each new day.

We have a lot of Reports in this issue, and a few letters so I'm going on to them as I know you folks are always interested in hearing from fellow readers.

From Fred Gertje, Orofino, Idaho comes the following letter:

'On page 34 of Sept. Oct. Iron Men Album is a picture of a Reeves C-C steam engine pulling 10 grain binders. I am wondering if this is a Paul Bunyan setup. I have run grain binders a lot in my time, and I therefore have some comments to make.

A grain binder is a machine that must cut square corners to prevent running over standing grain, and this can only be done with one binder pulled by horses or small tractor. To use such a large outfit, it would be necessary to take one binder and cut a path up and down each corner of a large field so the outfit could turn the corner in round fashion. Having bound out the corners, it would be necessary to haul those sheaves off the field so they would not be run over.

Another matter that puzzles me is how did a binder operator signal the helmsman to stop when necessary if he were very far back from the engine. As every veteran binder operator knows, it is necessary to stop now and then to re-thread the twine or tighten a draper or for other reasons. I do not believe it would be practical to run such an outfit, as no two binders would need attention at the same moment. I noticed that these binders were all right hand. In my lifetime I only saw one binder in use that was right hand, as the operators here wanted to go around the field the same way the plows went. Here in the West we used push binders some, but they were not too popular as they were much rougher on the sheaves than the pull binders, shelling out grain if it was too ripe.'

GLENN HALL, 1620 Sunset, Apt. 226, Waukegan, Illinois 60085 is in the process of restoring an 18 HP Buffalo Pitts steam engine. He would be most happy to hear from any of the readers as to what were the original colors of this engine.

From R. W. SHAW, 179 Trafalgar Street, Goderich, Ontario, Canada comes this most interesting bit of information and it is entitled:

'BIGGEST LITTLE CHURCH IN THE WORLD' IS IN CANADA

Alongside the famed Dinosaur Trail, four miles west of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada stands the 'biggest little church in the world'.

The tiny shrine measures only 12 x 7 feet, yet it is complete in every detail, from 17-foot steeple to miniature stained-glass windows.

The quaint little chapel claims to be 'the biggest', since it can hold 20,000 people a year six at a time! Best of all, travellers are provided with their own self-service sermons. Just push a button, and representatives of 10 different religious denominations automatically deliver a three-minute sermon.