| July/August 1984

Soot in the flues

Hi! Is everyone ready for summer? You had better believe it after the long, wintry months. And by the time you pull this issue from the mailbox, some of the shows will be underway as if you didn't know! I'll wager many of you are already packed and set up for the treks to the various shows while some of you are putting the finishing touches on the little or large beauties!

Another great little story comes from Wellsprings of Wisdom by Ralph L. Woods this one is called The Vital Link

A spider built his web in a barn, high up among the rafters, where he started by spinning a long, thin thread attached to the end of one of the beams. With this thread still attached to him, the spider jumped off the beam and spun out more thread on the way down, until he reached the place he planned as the center of his web. From the center he then spun out other threads like the spokes of a wheel, attaching each of them to the walls and other places. Finally he had an exquisitely made web, that helped him catch many fine fat flies. But he grew fat and lazy and vain.

One day he was admiring the web he had spun from the top beam and said, 'I wonder what that is for? I can't imagine why I ever put it there-it doesn't catch any flies.' And so, on a sudden impulse he broke it. But as a result the whole wonderful web collapsed. The spider had forgotten that the one thread the link to the strongest beam above supported the whole web. It is very much the same when a man breaks his link with God. (I don't know about you, but I get a lot of food for thought from these stories.)

Hearing from one of our regular contributors, this letter comes from EDWIN H. BREDEMEIER, RR#1 Box 13, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441: 'To the readers of Mar-Apr. 84 IMAA month ago I finished reading the book 'The Day of the Bonanza' by Hiram M. Drache and now on page 1, I read more about the Bonanza Farms. I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in history and especially the settlement of the Dakotas

'I'm too young at 75 to have had any experiences with steam, but one story or experience my uncle had was on Sunday P.M. he and the water boy cleaned out the boiler and refilled it and placed material in the firebox for the engineer the next morning. Uncle was separator tender. Next morning the engineer got to the engine and got a good fire started (it was dark) and he thought steam was coming up pretty fast as he heard the crown sheet buckle. He dropped the fire and turned the lantern around to water glass and found it low.