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The Origin of the Hatchet Story

"The Origin of the Hatchet Story"
Puck, April 24, 1889, p.132.
(Reprinted in Short Fiction, 1974, pp. 83-84.)

One of nine one-page stories that appeared in Puck between 1887 and 1891,"The Origin of the Hatchet Story" retells the myth of Washington and the cherry tree as a Roman story of an emperor's son who confesses to killing his father's favorite Hebrew slave because, as the young boy says, "I can not tell a lie."

The text was scanned from the original magazine copy in the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro or from a copy secured through interlibrary loan from other libraries across the country. The scanning was done in the Jackson Library computer laboratory by John M. Freiermuth as a part of his Senior Thesis Project (completed November 1999). The OCR scanning was done through the Caere Omnipage Professional 9.0. Proof reading was performed by John M. Freiermuth.

Additional proofreading was performed by Stephanie P. Browner in 2006. The digital text makes some attempt to reproduce features of magazine publication such as headline formatting for titles of works. The digital text presents the original without change. Obvious typographical errors are indicated with [sic], but expressive and irregular spelling, punctuation and capitalization are neither altered nor noted with an editorial comment.

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