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A Backwoods Home Anthology

easy for a crimped spot to develop a leak.

If you do use copper pipe, do not join it directly to iron or galvanized pipe. Copper touching iron in the pres- ence of water makes a sort of primi- tive electric battery, producing elec- trolysis, or electrical deterioration, of both metals. Brass will not react with either copper or iron, so make sure there is a brass fitting between any copper and iron pipe. Regardless of what they’re made of, all screwed connections should be sealed with pipe joint compound or pipe tape to prevent leaks.

If it’s ever necessary to use the stove when the water is off, shut off all the valves in the hot water system and dis- connect the union between the hot water riser and the tank. Running the stove with no water in the pipes is not really good for the pipes, but it proba- bly won’t damage them. You will get flame-hot air out the end of the pipe, though, so make sure it’s pointed somewhere safe. Check carefully for leaks when you reconnect.

Finally, hot-water pipes are hot. If they’re even remotely accessible to children or thumb-fingered adults, it’s a good idea to insulate them if only to prevent bums when someone grabs the wrong pipe. It might be me.

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to solem- nized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.

John Adams (July 3, 1776)

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An original song… They Never Got Johnny

Johnny Dillinger made robbin’ banks Look as easy as pie & He made the law look like Keystone cops Even Hoover and his FBI

Well Edgar the Hoov had to make a move He was fit to be tied Called Johnny Number One Public Rat & Swore that he would die…

They never got Johnny No, never got Johnny How do I know that’s true The man they got had brown eyes… Johnny’s eyes were blue

When Hoover’s boy Mel Purvis learned Where the gang had hid He traveled like hell to get there but Later wished he never did

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    the Hoov hit the fan when he found out

What happened that day Purvis gunned down two innocent men While the Dillinger gang got away

(chorus)

The Lade in Red saw a chance for some bread & she called the Feds “I know Johnny quite well,” she said, “What’s he worth to you dead?”

It was over a hundred that day in Chicago At the Biograph The Lady in Red nodded her head And bullets wrote his epitaph

(chorus)

Nervous Purvis would up on a cereal box The Post Toasties Fed But when the nightmares just wouldn’t stop He shot himself in the head

Mr. Edgar the Hoov hung a death mask Of Dillinger on the wall Those who knew the truth—what did they say? They said nothing at all

(chorus)

© 1991 Theodore D (Doc) Hall Hamden, CT

The Best of the First Two Years

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