| January/February 1987

Hi! Out there to all my long time friends and the many new ones we acquired down through the years did you realize, we're almost through another year??? But it's true, the slower we get, the faster the time flies by I just came upon this missal in my Tapestries of Life book I think I will try very hard to follow this in the New Year and that will keep me more than busy May I be no man's enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me; and if I do, may I never devise evil against any man; if any devise evil against me, may I escape uninjured and without the need of hurting him. May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all men's happiness and envy none. May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me. When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends. . .May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent... May I reconcile friends who are wroth with one another. May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and to all who are in want. May I never fail a friend in danger. When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain... May I respect myself... May I always keep tame that which rages within me.. .May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps.

And now, let's turn to the letters that are so enjoyable STEWARD ESPLEN, RR 2, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada asks: Did you ever hear of a Haggert steam engine? I have one and a Sawyer Massey dated 1893.' (Help him out Fellas).

Steward, you mentioned some articles and pictures you have, but no dates on them. Please do send them along and just sit down and write about them. We will really appreciate it. Maybe through that, we might discover the date from some knowledgeable steam buff.

As I stated last month I would have one of Frog Smith's columns reprinted this month as he had sent it to us. Frog's address is 99 East Mariaba Avenue, North Fort Myers, Florida 33903. His column is entitled Cracker Crumbs.

This particular time it was titled 'Higher Alcohol Tax Stirs Tea Party Interest': 'It is a good thing that pencils are cheap, plentiful and easily erased. The government has to buy them for successful politicians who make it to Congress. Just think how many they wear out trying to figure out new taxes and what they come up with isn't worth the pencil or the paper.

'Now somebody is trying to raise taxes on what some old folks take to make them rest better, cure their colds or to use orally and externally when they get snakebite.