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Page  4-6             Ronson


          7                 Evans


          8                 Collection #1


          9-13            Novelty and occupied Japan                             


14-17          Price guide


          18-41          Patents


          42-44          Manufacturers


          45               Ads


          46-50          Lighter repair


          51-56          Suggestions


This is a book about cigarette lighter collecting; there are also many pictures of lighters along with explanations of how to collect.  Patents, advertising, manufacturers and methods of restoring lighters are covered.

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Outline, annotation and synopsis for Donkey Slayer by Phi Draco


Dau Quay Slayer


Ferry ring

Tree ring

The blue bottle

Plebeus nonplus

The stories of Dragon Island

Image canoe

The stories of Demon Island

Pleasant Island

Cockatrice Rock

Beacon Rock

The Bema

The dog tongues

Big woods

The plumed serpent

Teseamos  by the don

Whistle punk




Donkey Slayer is a farce about logging in the Pacific Northwest about the time of the Lewis and Clark exposition in 1905.  The protagonist finds himself worshipping trees among a culture that could care less, and constantly tries to extricate him from his chosen profession of tree hugger.


Dau Quay Slayer is born deformed and comes to the west to find a new life for himself, in a place he hopes will accept him as is.  He arrives in Portland Oregon as the city is being formed on the banks of the Willamette River and searches out his cousin for whom he eventually goes to work building camp grounds for the public as a gesture of his good will toward the public he has raped the forest from.

The slayer meets the natives who accept him reluctantly and he gathers a band of misfit locals around him into a small army that sets out to save trees from the wood hungry monster envisioned by Dau from his miss understanding of many books he has read while in the employ and training of his cousin.

He takes the name of Donkey Slayer when he realizes one of the machines of the loggers is called a donkey that he thinks he must destroy in order to save the forest.  Several destructive logging practices are witnessed by the Don, which is the name his, band of men, have given to him.

The recorder of his story meets the Don In Portland as a one legged derelict living on Burnside Street supported by the street walkers he once disdained, but now depends on for his sustenance because of his present condition.  The Don still refers to his era in the sunshine as the good old days of the donkey engine.





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Outline Dearest Posterity


Chapter 1


A. Greeting and reason for the writing


B. The day dream


     1. First encounter with the mounds

          a. Dream in a day dream (Ape people)

          b. First dream in a dream in a day dream (The dump)

          c. First key-the dump


     2. Back to the first dream in a day dream

          a. Second dream in a dream in a day dream (Valley of clover)

          b. Second key (The clovers vision of reality)


     3. Back to the first dream in a day dream

          a. Syndyoceras

          b. Old man the house and mounds

          c. The girl Loga and the steel ball

          d. Third key-The house vision of reality


Chapter 2


A. Continuation of day dream

     1. Explanation of dreams and visions

          a. Day and night in a dream renders reality or vision

          b. Realities interpretation

              (A). Philosophy of eliminating dreams

                   (1). the land

                   (2). the people

                   (3). Ducks and goats

                   (4). Natives

                   (5). Mobs

                   (6). Machines

                   (7). Computers

                   (8). Environment

                   (9). Law


Chapter 3


A. Education

     1. T.J. Mugwart

          a. Prime mover

              (A). Shrouds

              (B). Functions

              (c). Announcements

              (d). Notice

          b. Sub-cultures

              (A). the john

              (b). G.I. Bill

              (c). Psyche

              (d). Tenure

          c. What did he say?

          d. Aircraft drafting translated directly into Shakespeare’s English with programmed learning.

     2. Fourth key (education)


Chapter 4


A. The big book

     1. Two beasts

          a. The world

          b. Technology

     2. Duck's house

          a. Steel ball

          B. Seventy weeks

     3. Ice man

     4. Judgment

     5. Sacrifice

B. Postulate

C. Keys


Chapter 5


A. Writing

     1. Time travel

          a. Gibson vision

              (A). Mound builders

              (B). Business of human sacrifice

          b. Duck's house returns

              (A). Earths delicate terrarium

              (b). Glacier

              (c). Ape + Angle = man

     2. Back to Gibson


Chapter 6


A. Rational application

     1. Everyone does something

     2. A plan

B. Unexpected results

C. Insanity

D. Recovery


Chapter 7


A. Begin again, again

     1. Back on track

          a. What

          b. Who

          c. Why

          d. How

     2. Brain autopsy

     3. Time travel

          a. Gibson revisited

          b. The great drift

     4. One thousand Into fifteen

     5. Human sacrifice and reason

          a. Star gazers

          b. Mound people connection

          c. The big gap

B. Modern connections

     1. French

     2. Funnel

     3. Natives

     4. Spanish

     5. Booty

     6. Myths

     7. Blackbird

C. The patent

D. Schematic

E. The map-begin


Annotation Dearest Posterity


     Dearest Posterity is a novel about Indian Mounds along the Missouri River in the mid nineteen forties.  These are seen through the eyes of a young boy who actually plays on the mounds and always wonders about them as possibly conveying a message to all generations.

     They are to him more like writing than anything else and he is repulsed that anyone would take them down for the mere dirt they contain.  Cameos are presented in the first, second and third persons in abrupt order as they happen rather than pristine logical narrative suggesting solutions as to why mounds. 

     Sometimes surreal and sometimes mystical but always with a pungent often comical look at administrations.  A story line of one traveling about in time keeps the reader guessing as to what might happen next.  The mounds become his writ and speak louder to him than any other document he has ever read, so those who also follow such are his true posterity.  This passing to another of what you hold most dear, possibly even to yourself in some future life emerges as his consuming passion.  He ends with the Lewis and Clark trail on maps near his Camel hump in Omaha.  The same mounds he played on not knowing anyone else would ever notice them or care.



Synopsis Dearest Posterity

Dearest Posterity is a novel about places where the author used to play along the Missouri River, near Omaha, Nebraska.  He is old now and thinking about what he will do with all his possessions and to whom he will leave them, most of which are intellectual rather than monetary.  He begins to remember the mounds on which he played as a child and wonders about such now that he has time to think about it, he also realizes they are unusual and maybe even significant in some odd way.  Although some pose that Indians built them he cannot reconcile the amount of work involved nor any reason for such an effort by those people, although they did use some for burial and as such groomed their tops.  Perhaps it is some force in nature or other phenomena that raised them from the sand and dirt they are, perhaps not.

     Things happen so fast in ones life they have not time to ponder them until late of time but the reenactment of those play time years is a source of great joy to him, now in his seclusion, as the real purpose of the mounds occurs to him while he beats down one theory after another, even those thought up by himself for the purpose of argument.  That purpose and the technology producing the writing on or rearranging of the terrain frightens him so that he can only stand in awe of the mound and plebe it as it were rather than reiterate the matter it conjures.  One must visit for ones self.  It is like human sacrifice, awesome in power.  It accomplishes, without witness, what was done there and without written words is easy to see but hard to read.  They, the mound, are like his house traveling through time testifying “I was here; I did this or that, and went that way."  It lives longer than the resident or the builder and others occupy it and it gives them comfort.  It is like the grave, for the living not the dead.  You must reject it or plebe it, you have no other choices.

     All the enactments of societies to him become mere facades over the real mound building going on underneath and few see what is really going on.  Some pass by and casually observe at times or wonder, others investigate but few ponder things like clover, the dump or mounds.  He builds a hypothetical society on the principle of the mound and puts all his energy into a thing like pilling up dirt.  He will recognize this work in some future life and perhaps already has, that is, he has lived before and now sees the message left for him and continues to posterity.  His writ for the future is even simpler and is in fact between the clouds rather than piles of dirt, and is the principle that controls the formation of the clouds.  They come together better than the mound so he numbers everything with this principle, even the clouds themselves.  As he practices this he gets better at it but knows it is very dangerous for his posterity and the mound first cause got around this by the shear effort required, thwarting the robber baron.

     To suggest that someone might communicate better than with marks on paper is not new but to remember who you were from odd shapes in the terrain might be.  But not only who, also what and when and what you left.  All of this being accomplished without witness and in an illiterate manner, that is, not the same way communication developed in societies in there literature.  Even art, architecture, music or crying cannot reiterate the plebe and as coma suggests don't kill me I'm dead already nothing can take the place of the mound.  The farces of temporal society are dealt with one at a time, education, work, family, law or the dump etc.

     You must go to the mounds yourself and commune with them in silence as no one could explain them in words any more than one might reveal the color blue to a blind person.  Like music they conjure a different part of ones brain than garble.  The mound also suggests that there is something far superior to yourself in the land you trespass that will eventually exact its will upon you if you continue ignorant.  In this they speak to a superstitious part of mankind's nature and fears that the observer is being observed.  It would be easier to cry with words than to answer the mounds writ, it can only be caught there in the presence, so why remove them?  If any still disagree, leave them in their ignorance.

     Technology, represented by a refrigerator that ancestor is buried in on an old dump is envisioned to be the thing that eventually destroys mankind and therefore posterity unless someone listens.  The mounds were undoubtedly fashioned by forces unseen and perhaps illiterate, but they say things in a better way than conventional wisdom.  The mound is his bible, his totem, his bliss and he now retreats to it for strength as posterity will doubtless do also and they will find themselves among them and play new games.  (Copyright-All rights reserved)


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Outline, annotation and synopsis for four corners of the moon by Phi Draco


The moon

Four corners of the earth by Phi Draco

Goodbye Atlantis

Velti disguised as Phi Draco

The foundations of heaven

Mt St Helens

Violet Green

How to make water

The ancient letters of Cuniculus




The moon’s surface is taken as an example of how the deep faults of the earth might reside, its fracture rays on the surface are still in-tact and easily visible.  This technology is dangerous as in the case of missing continents.  Four corners are suggested in a modal and each like a trigger that might set in motion things unstoppable.


The moon’s surface is viewed by the writer as to show stress fractures too large to have been caused by impact of some heavy object forming the crater and the stress lines emanating out from them.  These observable lines are also too symmetrical and long for small impact but rather suggest possible internal forces or an outside force capable of frequency associated in such an even and repetitive nature, as to produce the lines.  The lines also suggest a tetrahedron within the structure as in the modal shown in four corners of the earth.  If gravity or some other force forms planets into spheres, that is, free falling matter in space goes into a ball, those lines and the four corners of the earth show striking similarities.

The modal also illustrates how 90 East might be next to fracture and the Pacific and Atlantic ridges suggest massive huge earthquakes are eminent if it does.  How to attenuate these is not presented in clear form, but what causes an increase is, although nothing is said as to how to stop it.  



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Uncle Albert's Kitchen


Outline, annotation and synopsis for Uncle Albert’s kitchen


Chapter 1-The farm

Chapter 2-Uncle Albert

Chapter 3-The what-not-shelf

Chapter 4-The magic trunk

Chapter 5-The trucker

Chapter 6-The well

Chapter 7-Songs at twilight

Chapter 8-The Rivers

Chapter 9-The animals

Chapter 10-Sheds

Chapter 11-Feeding time

Chapter 12-The tack-room

Chapter 13-Back in the kitchen

Chapter 14-I quit

Chapter 15-A new beginning

Chapter 16-The sacker


Uncle Albert’s kitchen is a short story about a young boy visiting his uncle’s farm in south eastern Nebraska in the 1950’s.  He is taken by the fact that his uncle does his own cooking and chores about the farm.  He gets into trouble several times with his cousin Fred and many illustrations of farm life and its tools of the trade are faithfully depicted in the story.  Some magical stuff is included in which his imagination takes over and runs wild, but the story ends with him applying many of the things learned from his uncle in his own occupation he has been forced into, and he suffers greatly when he hears Albert has died and was not his blood uncle.  Never the less he still considers him his own and never forgets his lessons about life and work.


Ever remembering uncle Albert’s farm near Falls City Nebraska, the stores, streets, and mud, along with the people and relatives, an old man now describes in great detail the farm.  Its house, the corn fields amid the Nebraska plains.  The implements of both kitchen and farm are reproduced in faithful descriptions, the smells, colors, and uses come to life in a memory.  Vivid pictures of his uncle’s kitchen come also as he reminisces of its picturesque antique, even then, objects and decor.  Smells of supper as they call it, and breakfast are impossible to forget, the red checkered table cloth, the milk churn, Albert’s shucking gloves and the orange crate on the back porch made into a chair are all remembered and much more.  The well, the yellow of everything in the kitchen, the curtains, the walls and even its trim, cause a yearning, to be there again, where he finally feels safe.

Uncle Albert’s lessons in life, like him looking for signs of his missing dog in animal sign, keeping an ear in the air while shucking corn, the grasshoppers coming up between the cracks on the porch when anyone runs too fast there, and great grandpa’s wooden leg.  The time great grandma fell down the well, and Albert himself who considers he is the smartest man on the planet.  His amazing what-not-shelf containing all the artifacts of the old folks of a hundred years or so, and why he buries cars are incomprehensible to the young boy as is also how he can spit ten feet.  The magic trunk explained, and how to get your wishes also are remembered and the songs at twilight often say something about life and practical things like the animals and the outhouse.  Feeding time, the tack-room, and methods of farm work and work in general are also covered.  But most of all, a sense of, we are all in this together permeate the story.  Of course then there is fat lovable cousin Fred.

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False Summit by Phi Draco  a book about Mt St Helens

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False summit is a short story about Mt St Helens before the erruption, the author visited the mountain on several occasions before 1966 and surveyed it for a ski lift.  He took pictures in all directions in the blow out area and includes several of those in the work.  Some of these are of Harry Truman's place and the work also suggests things of a small nature that might have far reaching effects on our planet.

Public secrets

Mythical Islands and magic of the Columbia

Lewis and Clark game and maps

Rebuilding the Bain by Phi Draco

We go into great detail in this work as to what to do and what not to do after you decide to refirbish an old wagon.

Stay away from things in bad condition but some of its parts may still be usuable but wood about gone must be replaced.

With many pictures and illustrations of a usuable original Bain wagon we go into great detail as to how the work was originally done and seek to restore our wagon to original condition as much as possible.

A retired teacher of many years Phi will take you step by step into the world of old farm wagons from the mid 1800's so get ready for some hands on fun. 



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