GOSSIP FROM THE BACK SHOP
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It was Ben Fleisher, a neighbor some six miles out, who was
quite perturbed. 'I bought this old B-P from that chap over in
Woodland last fall,' exclaimed Ben. 'And when he showed me
this engine he had put a brand new Pickering governor on it, as the
old one was badly worn out. But soon as the weather opened up and I
could get over to get her, I found that he had put the old governor
back on and tried to make me think it was the only one that had
ever been on this engine. I guess he must put that new governor on
any of his old engines that he tries to sell, like a goat leading
lambs to slaughter.'
'Well,' consoled Mel, 'I suppose being an old steam
man doesn't automatically ensure any of us a free passage into
Heaven. If there weren't a few gypsies amongst us too, life
would be pretty droll, wouldn't it?' 'Well, fortunately
no one became injured when those old gears lost mesh a few times,
but think what might have happened under the belt!' said Ben.
'I will mill you out a new set of bevel gears by tomorrow,'
Mel replied, and then prudently added, 'When a man buys
anything he had best take his wares right along with him.'
(Author's note: The experiences related in Gossip from the
Back shop are based upon incidents from true life, and are intended
to carry anecdotal bits of appreciable information. A more detailed
work is coming up in a symposium 'The Man on the Smokey
End,' under separate edition.)
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