Wait and See!

| September/October 1971

R. R. 2, Adams, Tennessee 37010

While reading the March-April 1971 issue of Iron-Men Album, I came across the article, 'I am Concerned!', written by Mr. Alva Hulbert. This was just what I had hoped for. I mean the time when this nonsense of air pollution is disputed. I guess that sentence was rather ill worded. I know air pollution is no nonsense, but when people get to the point where even trash burning or a little coal smoke can damage you for life, health-wise, it is ridiculous.

This really scared me when I read about it, because being only 16 years old, by the time I acquire a steam traction engine, as I hope to do, there may be so many laws of such a strict nature, concerning the smoke emitted by the steam engine, that it will be impossible to fire one up; even for a trip around the field. Steam engines are part of my life; an essential part, and I can't bear the thought of such laws.

It's hard to believe that there are such narrow-minded and dead-set against something people, in the areas around steam engine shows, etc., but there are. At our first show in Adams, Tennessee, held by the Tennessee and Kentucky Threshermen's Association, I heard several people remark about the smoke and the damage of it.

I can't understand how or why people would want to do something, like passing laws against the steam engine, but never the less the threat is rapidly becoming a reality. As important as the steam engine was and is, to the American people, I believe that it should and can be preserved, even if only by a faithful few. I also agree with Mr. Hulbert that steam engines are only a start.

When this radical aggregation gets through with the steamers, they will start on all the others: cars, tractors, etc.