-Soot in the Flues-

| March/April 1958

HI! TO ALL YOU wonderful folks of the IRON-MEN ALBUM family I already feel as though I know some of you, by name, anyhow. And I want to tell you right now, it's been a pleasure working with the folks of the ALBUM and all you fine people who write to us, although I'm just a greenhorn yet for I only started working in September.

Most of you know or feel you know Elmer, and let me tell you he's just as fine a boss as he is in person. The only thing, when he asked me to write a column for the ALBUM, I sort of hesitated for when it comes to steam and the like, I must admit about all I know is how to spell it. Perhaps that's a start. Therefore, I chose the title for the column 'Soot in the Flues' for anything I'd try to say concerning the workings of this wonderful steam hobby would just be like cloggin' the flues with soot.--- However, if you're patient with me, I might get the hang of the vocabulary and educate myself in this field I do think I'll enjoy it.

I've already had the pleasure of meeting Jim Roberts from McLean, Illinois, who stopped over to visit Elmer and family while he was attending a stock show in Harrisburg. I also chatted with Prof. Eiffel Plasterer and wife Inez, of Huntington, Indiana, when they visited with the Ritzmans in December. Fine people, most interesting and the owners of 8 engines.

Also I was quite thrilled to receive a personal letter from Ralph Fuller of Minneapolis, Kansas, and now feel I know him as a friend. There's a fine picture of Ralph and his remarkable little engine in the Nov.-Dec. issue.

I do want to say to you people who have had trouble perhaps in receiving your magazine or problems of another sortforgive us or me but you must understand there has been a complete change-over in the office since Karl's death, even to a different town and it will take time to re-establish it here; there will be errors and there have been already. We will do everything in our power to correct any errors. Each of your letters is handled personally, and I'm sure the problems can be ironed out. Just don't get angrynothing good is ever accomplished through anger, and after all we certainly don't want to make mistakes or offend you good folks in any way.

Well, I guess I've rambled on enough for the first timeI might let you know, I like poetry and quotes and you may be seeing some of them, and may I leave you with this thought


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