The Flying Engineer, 436 N. Library, Waterloo, Illinois 62298.
I, E. R. Dugan of Waterloo, Illinois, returned home safely after my flight North to the Dakotas including thirteen days at the greatest steam show on earth at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa for the 22nd time.
I have a pet bull. I call him Roughhouse. A friend of mine was going to Mt. Pleasant in his truck, so I had him haul old Roughhouse along. Roughhouse has quite a record. He has never lost a demolition derby. He is quite playful. We kept him in the stable at McMillan Park at night. Charlie Brown and Snoopy stayed with him. They are great pals. The C. Ber's Patrol at Mt. Pleasant also watched him at night. When old Roughhouse saw his pictures on those Russell Engines, that got him worked up. He didn't like his picture on those engines and tried to upset them but failed, as they were too heavy. Old Roughhouse says, 'I am a Bull, and full of it.' He says he sure had a great time exchanging stories with all of the old engineers from all over. He says they talk his kind of language. Old Roughhouse says some of those fellows from Pa., Kansas City, and Missouri gave him some stiff competition, but he still believes his Master Dugan has them bested. Old Roughhouse likes to mulch corn very much and heard about the large corn a fellow grew up at Wellman, Iowa. He wanted to go up there and eat some of that corn, but I was afraid to take him, for fear he would see that Russell Steam Engine Mail Box and get one of his demolition fits, and that wouldn't be nice. Oh, he's got it bad about Russell Engines. The last night we were at Mt. Pleasant, Old Roughhouse put on a demonstration and insisted he be put in the cavalcade of power, so Stanley Mouser had to give him a number. He insisted he be between Bill Sater's two Averys. When his turn came up to pass, the announcer, Glen Holquist, looked as though he didn't know what he was seeing. 'Oh,' Glen cried out, 'That's a lot of Bull!!' Jim Miller of Mt. Pleasant wanted to trade his Mini Bike for old Roughhouse. I couldn't hear him. Old Roughhouse and Warren Conrad would have a tug of war every day, but Warren's Reeves wasn't able to out pull Roughhouse. Herbert Hult wanted to trade his button for Roughhouse. I and Oliver Rhea took old Roughhouse up to Van's Lunch one morning. Everybody came out to play with old Rough-house including Bill. He wanted to curry him. La Von said, 'Dugan, take your bull back to the park or I won't have any business today.' The two news ladies, Helen and Billie, wanted to get Rough house's picture, but he wouldn't let them. He would charge every time they tried to get his picture.
Anyway . . . when Oliver and I got back to the park with Roughhouse, he got one of those demolition fits and turned Oliver's station wagon over. It caused him to get home a day late to Pa.
I will close so much for the Roughhouse, Snoopy, and Charlie Brown story. I could go on and on and fill this magazine, so I better quit.
I want to wish the Iron Men Album, it's staff and all my old steam buddies from the four corners everybody at Mt. Pleasant, a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.