SOOT IN THE FLUES


| March/April 1985



Soot in the Flues

I know it's winter now, but you know the old saying if winter comes, can spring be far behind? And I'm sure many of you are spending the cold winter nights preparing for the good hot days of reunion time. New ideas, new restoration jobs, new stories to make in the upcoming months. So keep busy and get your mind in gear to send in many articles for the ALBUM. I'll surely be waiting to hear from you. We haven't been having much input for this column and I sure would like to be getting more mail.

For those who dig poetry, here's one by Emily Dickinson called

ROBIN

The robin is the one
That interrupts the morn
With hurried, few, express reports
When March is scarcely on.
The robin is the one
That overflows the noon
With her cherubic quantify,
An April but begun.
The robin is the one
That speechless from her nest
Submits that home and certainty
And sanctify are best.

VIRGIL MARTELL, 20205 43rd Avenue S.E., Bothell, Washington 98012 writes: 'You were wondering how we felt about steam power other than farm traction engines, in Soot in the Flues column. Well, I for one, enjoy them all very, very much. And I sure do enjoy all the IMA and GEM and your comments are all warm and refreshing. So thanks to all for the great magazine.' (And thank you, Virgil for the kind comments).

BRUCE MCCOURTNEY, Syracuse, Nebraska 68446 sends in his subscription renewal and comments; 'Sure would be hard to do without it. Wish it came every day. I am one of the charter subscribers and I have all copies to date. I have a few of the old American Thresherman magazines, too. I was 79 on January 13, 1985, so I was around when steam was used. I ran my first steam engine the summer I was 9 years old. My Dad had three steam rigs when I was born. Through the years my father and I together had 42 steam engines, 23 at one time. I have two engines now, a Case and a Russell. We used them for threshing, trading and a lot of house moving. We covered a big territory in the house moving business. I put four engines through bridges in my time no fun in that! For hurt, had broken bones, etc. I have experienced leaking flues, cold winds, snow, ice, mud, sand hills and sand holes, slipped valves in cold nights and etc. but still love steam engines. I always wanted everything on a steam engine to work except the engineer.