the gas tractor trophy winner

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Burns

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254 Pond Point Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 06460.

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who scratched about the barnyard until she uncovered some grains of wheat. She called her neighbors and said, 'If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?'

'Not I,' said the cow.

'Not I,' said the duck.

'Not I,' said the pig.

'Not I,' said the goose.

'Then I will,' said the little red hen. And she did.

The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. 'Who will help me reap my wheat?' asked the little red hen.

'Not I,' said the duck.

'Out of my classification,' said the pig.

'I 'd lose my seniority,' said the cow.

'I 'd lose my unemployment compensation,' said the goose.

'Then I will,' said the little red hen, and she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. 'Who will help me bake the bread?' asked the little red hen.

'That would be overtime for me,' said the cow.

'I'd lose my welfare benefits,' said the duck.

'I'm a dropout and never learned how,' said the pig.

'If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination,' said the goose.

'Then I will,' said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for her neighbors to see.

They all wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, 'No, I can eat the five loaves myself.'

'Excess profits,' cried the cow.

'Capitalist leech!' screamed the duck.

'I demand equal rights!' yelled the goose.

And the pig just grunted. And they painted 'unfair' picket signs and marched around and round the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen, 'You must not be greedy.'

'But I earned the bread,' said the little red hen.

'Exactly,' said the agent. 'That is the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations the productive workers must divide their produce with the idle.'

And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, 'I am grateful. I am grateful.'

But her neighbors wondered why she never again baked bread.

Enclosed is a picture of the gas tractor trophy winner in the annual 1975 Georgian Bay Steam, Automotive, Gas and Antique Inc. Club Show at Cooks town, Ontario. George Parr, of Nobelton, discovered his Model H - 20-40 Eagle Tractor in a pile of scrap iron headed for the cutter's torch about two years ago. The tractor was patented by a company in Ohio around 1921. It was assembled in Waterloo, Ontario by the Waterloo Manufacturing Company, well known in our area for their Waterloo Traction Engine and Separators. The motor is a twin cylinder, horizontal, valve in head, bore 8' with a 10' stroke. It has Pickering Governors with a speed of 425 to 450 RPM. The ignition is by a Dixie magneto. The carburetor is a Schebler. Transmission speeds were High-3 and Low-2 with Rev. - 1? per hour.

Ebert-Duryea TWO wheel tractor, weight 2200 pounds, 16-20 HP. Pulling 2-14' plows 9' deep, long grass sod, speed 2.32 miles per hour.