SOOT IN THE FLUES

Soot In The Flues

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Well, I've been initiated, by golly I attended one day of the Kinzers Rough and Tumble Reunion, had a wonderful time, met a lot of you nice people, learned what the 'teeter-totter' is, saw a lot of the different makes of engines and had quite a thrilling experience driving a traction engine (well, at least they left me think I was doing it). Some nice Joe there had a Peerless engine and Elmer and I crawled up on it and took a ride with the owner's permission. Elmer said, 'Now push the lever forward' that was to put us in reverse. I said 'No, you do it.' But Elmer insisted, so I followed the boss's instructions. Next he said, 'Now, pull on the throttle.' I did, real gently you know, and nothing happened, so I give her a hard pull and we went just like rabbit gasoline in a car with a big jump. Some fell on the sidelines hollered 'Hey, lady, that arn't a car you're drivin' ' I soon found that out. Sure was a lot of fun though, and you know I can see how you people become enthused, even though I know very little about this hobby. Sort of makes you feel just like you imagine a little boy feels when he puts on his first cowboy suit. Well, as I said, I had a lot of fun, and that was my vacation for the summer can't say as I learned too much though, so I guess there'll still be a lot of Soot in the Flues.

Met some other nice people this summer back around the end of May Mr. Alf Eldon and his wife and three of his children stopped by just to see us for a little while, they were enroute to Norway for a three months vacation. They make their home in Oslo, Minnesota. We enjoyed speaking with them and hope their summer was a happy one.

Then a newcomer to the ALBUM family in the person of Frank J. Dilda, Columbus Road, Bedford, Ohio, stopped in July 9 and joined up with us. Hope you are enjoying the magazine Frank. It was nice meeting you.

And Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Lindsay of 9002 Rangely Ave., Los Angeles 48, California, dropped in to shake hands while passing through this way on vacation. Hope you all had happy times this summer and are looking forward to a busy winter.

Had several nice letters from Ralph Fuller, Minneapolis, Kansas don't give up hopes Ralph, I'll get them answered one of these days. Ralph flies an airplane besides being interested in traction engines and in one of his letters he told me he named his airplane after me (really had me up in the air). I was real pleased about that, and no kidding about it that's about as high as my name will ever get. (and that's a lot further than I ever anticipated).

And now before I sign off, a little poem that has so much truth:

They say the world is round,
And yet, it must be square;
So many little hurts we get
From corners here and there.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those we love the best.

Walker Log

And in closing may I wish each of you a Happy Hallowe'en, a Blessed Thanks giving and a Joyous Christmas