THE ELUSIVE HAGEN ENGINE


| September/October 1979



1615 Brick Kiln Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40216

Well, here f am again! Doing what I like to do almost more than anything else in the world. It's 'seng' digging time and I aim to be right in the middle of it. Of course, the government has as usual put somewhat of a damper on the pasttime, but it has by no means put a stop to it.

'Seng' for the uninitiated, is short for ginseng; that all powerful elixer, rejuvenator, cure-all, etc., that so many people (especially the Chinese) swear by.

Any 'dyed in the wool' seng digger can hardly wait for late summer and fall to come around, and soon we're all heading for the woods with our digging tools, sometimes no more than a screwdriver, and big pockets to put the precious roots in.

Some of the more sophisticated diggers also carry a small 22 cal. pistol with them to ward off the dreaded snakes, both copperhead and rattlesnakes that they may encounter, but almost never see.

But enough of that. I have gone as far as I can go by road out here in the wilds of Kentucky and am headed into the woods on foot, sure to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.