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A Gallery of American Myths

Elmer S. Hader. "A Gallery of American Myths."
Century Magazine April 1924: 894.

Illustrated by Elmer S. Hader
Illustrated by Elmer S. Hader

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A Gallery of American Myths

Paul Bunyan

If Paul Bunyan is descended, as is possible, from some legendary giant of European forests, he is purely American now. From the Yankee love of a "yarn" he came forth, and through the same love he has grown to mighty manhood. Where two or three loggers are gathered together, there is Paul in the midst of them, and no exaggeration is too broad or too high to hold him. An old logger buys ten cents worth of ink. Holding the tiny bottle in his big horny hand, he drawls with twinkling eyes, "Paul he buys his'n by the barrel." It is the stuff that myths and fairy-tales are made of. Did n't Paul, once when he was "kind o' tired," drag his pick along the ground and scoop out the Grand CaƱon accidently? He inspires his followers with incomparable mendacity, and then puts on new cubits from the lies they tell. Like all true folk-heroes, Paul has companions, his blue ox, Babe, his dog, Elmer, his Seven Axmen, to multiply his achievements, but he does not need them. In his own person he fulfils the wildest dreams of all loggers.

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