AUGUST 1, 2003
WILL PAUL BUNYAN RETURN?
It has been 100 years since Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox last visited and worked in Beartown's once numerous logging camps. If they were to return it would take months to establish an adequate food supply for the two guests. Tank trucks of Flapjack Batter, dump truck loads of Instant Coffee, Hay Wagons, and log trucks loaded with Link Sausages would form the largest caravan ever to enter Beartown.
Many of Beartown's farms were created when Paul Bunyan went to work to clear land for his camp. He cut a tree going and coming with one stroke of his BIG AX. Babe the Blue Ox had an insatiable appetite and helped Paul by eating off all of the limbs of the trees as fast as they fell. Then Paul invented the Rope Handle for his BIG AX. He would swing the AX in a circle like a lasso and cut all the trees within reach. That was a wasteful way to cut timber, but in those days Paul thought there would never be an end to the great Beartown Timber.
When the timber
He made a machine with a long handle of ironwood attached to it.
Then he fastened a chain to the spool with a canthook at the end of it.
to the handle and flung the chain around an acre or so of stumps and
yanked them all out at once.
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