PUBLISHER'S LETTER

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We have a few pleas from our subscribers this month, on two subjects. The first has to do with a robbery. Harold Haskins of Auburn, New York, has long had a Case Eagle in the family, as his father had been a Case dealer. The 250 pound statue has the eagle perched on the globe with the CASE logo on the front. The 5-foot high cast iron emblem has long graced Hoskins' farm in Aurelius where it sat in front of a two-bay garage. A neighbor had painted the eagle in vivid lifelike colors about a year ago, and it was routinely brought inside during the winter. If YOU see it somewhere, please call Hoskins at 315-252-0043. He is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the eagle's recovery.

Other subscribers have written in search of additional stories. One fairly new subscriber tell us that although we may have covered all kinds of information in years gone by, 'it's time to start all over again for us new folks. Things like advice on freeing up a rusted stuck engine; what to do if you need new babbitt bearings; general magneto operation, theory and repair, how to build a buzz box ignition, and the list could go on and on.' Another reader says, 'what we want is more photos and questions regarding newly found equipment. Most of all we want to read of old equipment finds and restoration of same.'

This should be encouraging to those of you with expertise in the above areas, or those who have new finds you could share.

We should point out one more thing, which is that Donald Siefker's annual index of the previous year appears in this issue. Don always does a thorough and prompt job on the indexing, and we know that it is very helpful to our readers to have a 'built in resource' such as this each year in GEM. Thank you, Don!