National Geographic : 1961 Jul
mightily and became red hot. The radiator cap blew off, and a column of steam shot ten feet high. Fortunately there was a spring near by. We wheezed to a stop, and my father walked around gingerly on his petrified leg while the radiator cooled. We watched in awe as our older brother approached with a bucket of water. In the manner of gentling a stubborn mule, he splashed a bit into the radiator and stepped back to avoid the geyser that erupted from the Ford's furnacelike innards. After a few more dousings the machine was ready to receive liquid refreshment-and then the cranking began. With the precision of circus aerialists, father and eldest son developed a routine: turn on ignition, advance gas, retard spark, crank engine until life stirs, advance spark, retard gas-dead silence-turn off ignition. They took turns, one cranking, one behind the wheel. Suddenly the motor started with a burst and a strong, even pulse. Above the din they shouted, "What did we do different that time?" Neither had the slightest idea. Six Helpers Get Lizzie to Top From here to the summit the grade was steeper. Father's leg paralysis came back after five minutes of unremitting pressure on the clutch pedal. The vehicle faltered until father suddenly ordered, "Everybody out and push!" Three doors flew open and six children added their strength to that of the engine. In this manner we reached the swank Mount Summit Hotel. We had come, that day in 1926, the grand distance of 43 miles. The entire trip from Missouri plains to Potomac tidewater consumed eight days - a journey I have gradually reduced in annual retracings to two and a half days. U. S. 40 was then in its birth throes. In 35 years of motoring on U. S. 40, I Unusual window sifts sunlight into Weaver Chapel at Wittenberg Univer sity, Springfield, Ohio. Ordinarily, stained glass itself, outlined in lead, forms the picture. Here glass gives color to a "stencil" cut in sheet lead. Chapel and library occupy a single building, symbolizing the partnership of religion and culture at the Lutheran institution. KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC 19 PHOTOGRAPHERDEAN CONGER© N.G .S .