Midsummer Thaw

Anonymous. "Paul Bunion and Swede Charlie Have Awful Experience With Midsummer Thaw."
Four L Bulletin September 1919: 30.

Artist Unknown

Paul Bunion and Swede Charlie Have Awful Experience With Midsummer Thaw

One Fourth of July, when it was 90° in the shade, Paul Bunion and Swede Charlie were out hunting the wiskerwoo bird so that Paul could give the feathers to the head dish-manicurist of the camp cook-shack.

It was a cloudy day and suddenly, without warning, it began to snow. The flakes-each as big as a dinner-plate-came down so fast that they piled up at the rate of 2 feet a minute.

They were in danger of being buried alive, but the quick wit of Paul saved them. Telling Charlie to follow him, Paul swiftly climbed up from one flake to the next.

They went up at such speed that they soon lost sight of the ground. But suddenly they discovered that they could go no higher - it had stopped snowing - so they had to float down on the snow.

After floating down for a half hour they reached the earth again. But they could see nothing but snow-even the highest trees had been buried.

While they were wondering what to do the sun suddenly came out again and the snow began to melt.

It melted so swiftly that the first thing they knew, Paul found himself standing on the ground at the foot of a dead spruce, while Charlie was left hanging to its topmost branch.

Charlie was caught in the branch and could not climb down so Paul pulled over the tree so that Charlie could step off.

Just then Paul saw a fine specimen of the wiskerwoo bird that had been hiding under the roots of the spruce. They caught the beautiful bird and gave the feathers to the dish-manicurist.

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