National Geographic : 1958 Jun
how you have to run a child all over, catch it, and yank out a tooth with a string. Well, here was just the ticket-an up-to-date nickelplate forceps and little round things you stick in to see where to get a good holt. Our children needed a lot of tooth-pullin'. Grown-ups found out about it, and I hated seeing neighbors go through misery and sufferin' when I could do it so easy and for nuthin'. I never failed to get a tooth out-if they could stand it. Used a lot of cam phor, asafetida, and whisky, according to taste." "Still do it?" I asked. "Pulled a feller's tooth 10 days ago. Let's go see the print shop." This is a split-level structure to end all such. At dirt floor level is a forge, a 1921 Overland (retired), and the steam engine. "I fire her up to 80 pounds pressure, start the Campbell press, and can get a run of 500 copies before it drops to 40 pounds. Then I run back and stoke her up again." His outsize whistle Lusk installed mainly, I suspect, because he likes its sound. It also calls his helpers to work and lets neighbors know when his gristmill is in operation. Railroader Floyd Wheeler: "I like a steam whistle. Hain't like that penny poop on a diesel." Life centered in the small community, A maze of wheels, belts, shafts, and levers gears the steam engine to presses of considerable antiquity. Lusk took a long heave on a belt to start a small press for the job of turning out some Yancey County tax blanks. "Do all their work," he said. "Some times some salesman feller tries to sell the county a printing job, but I just go up there to the courthouse and cuss 'em out."