I am sure there is something simple that I am overlooking.
assuming inetd and / or rc.firewall error
New install Slackware I have SSH working, apache working and allowing connects on both.
fired up vsftp which works fine locally:
root@WEBserver:/home/michael# ftp localhost
Connected to localhost.
220 Welcome to Red Coyote FTP service.
331 Please specify the password.
230 Login successful.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
but cannot connect from remote.