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Thirdand most seriousthe Page 126 rate of descent was so steep that the friction heated the grain to the point that by the time it reached river level it was charred black. When one wag suggested that the charcoal-colored wheat be sacked and exported to countries that baked black bread, Sewell Truax was not amused. Doggedly, he went back to his drawing board. For several weeks following the first failure, he spent long hours in his river-level warehouse office sketching changes aimed at solving the grain-chute problems.
Soon after the engine stopped, its engineer, whom Bunky knew as Mac, and its fireman, Pat, climbed down out of the cab and headed up the hill toward the Wallula Palace Bar where, Bunky guessed, they would have a few cold beers. Which struck Bunky as a sensible thing to do, for the day had been very hot, firing the engine must have raised a tremendous thirst, and their day's work was done. Having already consumed half a dozen beers himself, with a fresh one in his hand, Bunky was content to remain seated on a stack of railroad ties fifty feet away from the panting Pony engine, which to Bunky looked like it could use a few cold beers itself.
66 to spend a month writing twenty-six songs in praise of the development of government water and power projects. The ballad "Roll On, Columbia" was one of the songs he composed. Used as background music to the twenty-minute documentary movie on the building of Grand Coulee Dam, it has been heard by millions of visitors to the site since that time, so it has proved to be a real bargain as a musical score. Though I never met Woody Guthrie, I long have been an admirer of his songs. As I researched and wrote this book, I came to realize that we had a number of things in common.
Into the desert by Bill Gulick