Spring cleaning can be dangerous. You might just find something you can't believe you did without for so long. Metro's Cody Pfanstiehl proved the rule the other day when he found a gem of a letter in his files dated Aug. 8, 1949.

The author was a resident of the U.S. Soldiers' Home. The addressee was the president of the Capital Transit Company, which then ran the city's buses and trolleys. Anyone who thinks bus drivers didn't walk extra miles 33 years ago is invited to feast his eyes:

"I rode buses troley cars trams and rickshaws all over the world but I ain't never seen anybody so good as that little feller that was running the H4 bus Saturday nite about 1 a clock.

"I was asleep in the drug store winder at Gergie Ave. and felt somebody shake me. I looked up and dam if he didn't say come on pop time to go home. It will be 4 ours till the next bus.

"I don't know his name and can't see his number. He wares glasses. I been riding his bus a couple years tho. We old soldiers think he is tops of them all.

"He oughto be learning some of them other punks how to run a bus. He don't brake your back when he stops and don't jerk your hat off when he starts like a lot of them do. An he always gets into the curb. Hope you never take him away from us."

(Signed) An Old Soldier, Sgt. S.A.E.