SOOT IN THE FLUES

Soot in the flues

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Well, I hate to be the one to say it, but the Steam Engine season is drawing to a close for another year. Of course, this gives one a lot of time to ponder over the shows just past and dream of the Reunions of 1964-which of course will be bigger and better. And then, of course, some of you folks that have your own engines and the room to fire them up and run them can still enjoy them for a long time, but for those folks who must get the thrills of 'steam' from attending the shows the show is about over for 1963, they will have to rely on their memories for enjoyment of their favorite hobby and we hope, the ALBUM helps out in this respect.

Had a letter from Melvin Kestler of 10104 Comanche Road N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87111 and he says, 'Have been associated with the Antique Engine & Threshers Association of Bird City, Kansas from its inception. Sure hated to move and leave behind my antique engine friends. They are the finest group of men and women that I ever have had the pleasure to associate with. Left my complete Case outfit at Bird City. It is on the farms of Mrs. Roy Kite and Chester Sawyer. Have a late 65 Case engine which is completely restored and also a restored Case water wagon. The Case 40' Separator is partially restored. Would like to make the acquaintance of any antique engine fans in the Albuquerque area with the idea of moving my outfit to Albuquerque.' We hope someone will see this and get acquainted with Melvin and they can discuss this hobby to their hearts content.

And from our old friend 'Casey' Jones (S. C. Jones, Box 21, Wichita 1, Kansas) comes this request: 'For sometime, we have wanted to have someone tell what caused Compound Engines to go out; Compound boomed-even on the railroad from 1892 to 1910 then fizzled out. WHY?? that is the great question?? Leroy Blaker and Lucille, still believe the sun rises and should have never set on compound. Several good men of engineering mind could come out with the plain facts why the idea flopped' so let's hear from you if you care to comment on this question.

And now that summer is over (and where did it go so fast you can tell I'm aging with that kind of remark) the children are all back in school and more or less into a system again but oddly enough I don't seem to have any more time than I did when they were all home there is always some thing to be preparing for clothes for school outfits for Halloween coming up PTA activities, sports, clubs, house cleaning Christmas who said that already well this is the Nov. Dec. issue and I had to mention it.

I don't know about you, but I miss the children when the school bells ring not only mine but all around the neighborhood has an awful silence, the backyards look like a football field after the game just the remains of a happy time are there the swings are still and the toys remain in place sort of sad, but we would not want it any other way. Something else sad this year is the fact of no more Bible reading in school I think it's sad oh, I know the child should get his religious training at home and at church, but it seems like such an old American custom, one of the nicer ones, and our country was founded on the basis of freedom of religion and I guess by taking it out of the schools that is what the courts still think they are doing giving the people 'freedom of religion' but I can't quite see it that way. I just wonder if this 'ban the Bible reading' is a wedge which will open the door for more of our beautiful customs and beliefs to go out of existence. It seems terrible this is one of the things that must be tramped down in our march of progress or could it be regress?

Well, I guess I've rambled on enough for now, so until the next time I'll leave with a few thoughts Respect is what we owe, love is what we give It is not your ability as much as your availability that counts with God. Minds are like parachutes not much good unless they are open We would all be successful if we followed the advice we gave to other Make friends before you need them. Bye Bye and May you have a Blessed Thanks giving we still do have many things for which to be thankful.

Sincerely, Anna Mae