Covet not the chariots of Stanley for they are not
sound. Though fleet of foot, they will not carry thee far as will thy
Worship not the chariots of gasoline. For verily, they
are but insects beneath the wheels of thy White, lest they be named
Pierce-Arrow or other nobles of royal birth.
See always that thy well of water be full and bright
lest thee be reduced to wading in brooks and streams with cup in hand, as
a beggar in the marketplace.
Fill always thy flask of slippery oil, lest thy fiery
chariot screech to a halt on the path and thou be left standing alone,
with thumb extended.
Attend always the little sacred flame beneath thy seat,
that it burneth blue and bright. Verily should it sputter and die, thy
chariot will halt on the path and thou be commanded to mess with sooty
metals whilst muttering curses to the gods and applying strong ointments
to they singed fingers.
Drain always the odorous water which standeth in thy
crankcase, lest the little balls therein take flight, scattering to the
winds as the locusts before the storm.
Gaze often at thy pyrometer that thy vapor be always
hot and thy wondrous power always potent. For lo, should thy steam became
damp, they White shall suffer grievously and thou shalt be passed by
Race not with other chariots nor speed mightily thy
White. Verily, I say unto thee, if treated with care it will, like the
camel, carry thee far to wondrous lands.
Revere always the teachings in thy owner’s handbook
and thy Edmundson’s manual. Forsooth, for they are the true words of the
prophets. Listen not to those of other faiths, for verily they have not
the true word nor the power to see clearly.
Alter not thy heavenly White nor its inner workings.
For the wrath of Rollin White shall surely smite thee and thy fiery
chariot shall go no more. Thou thenst shall be standing desolate rending
thy garments. Thou wilt be driven from the temple and thy friends, who are
true believers, will shun thee until thou makest great sacrifices and
restoreth thy White to wholeness. Thy purse will then be much lighter from
dealing with greedy traders from foreign lands.
Harken ye to these words of the ancient prophets:
"Thy White be robust and strong; but if it has sickened, look unto
thine own faults. For surely thou hast not ministered unto it
properly." Thou needest study more to understand thy marvelous
chariot. For lo, thy White was created by wondrous minds, exceeded only by
those men called Doble.
Yea verily! Thy White will sorely test thee over and
over again, oft wrenching tears of rage from thine eyes. If thou must have
temper tantrums, do so behind the veils of thine own temple and not in the
streets where thy fearful oaths shall frighten the horses and cause the
barking of many dogs.
Forsooth, I say unto thee, never, never, profane unto
thy White, for it has the memory of elephants and will recall they
blasphemy. Truly it shall take heed of thy wrath and shall balk as the
mule on the path, leak water as a timorous maiden and otherwise cause thee
great anguish before thy friends, as on a national tour.
If thou must be parted from thy White, thou are charged
to see that it is received into friendly hands. For verily, thou hast a
rare and precious gem such is seldom found throughout the kingdom.
Shouldst thou peddle it to a knave of devious origin because his purse is
large, then the ghosts of White shall haunt thee forevermore.