Fall 1992 • Vol. XIV No. 4 Fiction |

Civilwarland in Bad Decline

When a potential big investor comes for the tour the first thing I always do is take them out to the transplanted Erie Canal Lock. We've got a good ninety feet of actual working canal out there and a well-researched dioramic of a coolie campsite. Inside the little bunkhouse there's this device that gives off the approximate aroma of an Oriental meal. Were our faces ever red when we found out it was actually the Irish who built the canal. We've got no budget to correct, so every fifteen minutes or so a screen comes down on the porch and we show a video of how hundreds of Chinese died to build the Canal and how we took the Lock apart cobble by cobble and numbered each piece and shipped them all back in padded containers for reassembly. Today my possible Historical Reconstruction Associate is Mr. Haberstrom, founder of Burn'n'Learn. Burn'n'Learn is international. Their gimmick is a fully stocked library on the premises and as you tan you call out the name of any book you want to th

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