SOOT IN THE FLUES

Soot in the Flues

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Judging from the announcements and ads blowing in with the March winds, I'm sure the 'good ole summertime' is not too far away. At least, it is a good thought, isn't it? J. F. Komarek of Bavaria, Kansas is one of our newer subscribers and he wrote us and tells us he is from a family of threshers, among them his father and uncles, and we quote, 'My uncles were threshers in this part of the county from about 1903 until 1913 and they owned the only Huber double cylinder steam engine I ever knew of-one cylinder was upright along side the boiler and the other was horizontal on top of the boiler. They were good engines and I would like to know if there are any of them left?-CAN YOU ANSWER MR. KOMAREK?

And from Archibald Snare, Jr. of Kamefield, R. D. 2, Hillsdale, N.Y. a letter of criticism, meant to be friendly and constructive I'm sure. He writes, ' I find a considerable number of what I suppose are typographical errors. Oddly enough, many of these turn out to be legitimate words, but change or make a puzzle of the sentence or paragraph. In this same field, fall the letters from readers which could stand a little correction in grammar, etc. (Am I way off base?)'. Well, Archie, we feel that to change the letters and articles that are being sent in, would be to lose a lot of the character of our magazine. True, the grammar is not always correct, and by far the spelling is not always perfect (you should try and read some of the hand-writing!) And believe me, I don't mean this unkindly, for we welcome all letters. Some of these folks are of many different descents and it is hard for them to master our English. We feel, by letting the material as nearly as it is when we receive it, is much more interesting-however. we do try and correct some of the spelling and punctuation, but many times the spelling they use is acceptable to them and is used quite often, for instance, some people spell NABER and some spell it NEIGHBOR. Depending on the story we are apt to use either one. Just thought I'd mention this, for probably many of you folks would like to ask the same question.

We had a nice letter from Richard Heaven, 860 N. LaMay Ave., Ypsilanti, Michigan. He tells us that between Christmas and New Years, he had a vacation and he and the Mrs. and two children took a trip to Greenfield Museum, about 20 miles from their home. He and David thoroughly enjoyed the steam traction engines, steam pumps that had been used to pump water out of mines in England and all the steam locomotives from the first train that ran in the U.S. (replica) to the big C & O 4-6-6-4 that hauled coal in our country. His wife and daughter looked at all the dishes, doll collection, old dress shops and hundreds of other things. They spent 4 hours and some things only viewed from a distance. So if you live near this Museum, why not visit it? It sounds like fun! Dick says the family is all interested in scouting, and they have a son in E. M. U. also. Nice letter from a nice family.

Well, that's about it for this time except for a few quotes. Find happiness in your work or you will never know what true happiness is. The sweetest music is not in oratorios, but in kind words. Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.- Kindness is one thing you can't give away it always comes back.