International: Clay's Pigeons

Americans had done jobs as marvelous as the Berlin air lift before. Take the time Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox dug the St. Lawrence River in three weeks. When Billy Pilgrim tried to make it tough for Babe by wetting and stretching the buckskin ropes attached to the scoop shovel, Babe just sat down until the sun came out and dried the ropes. As they dried they shrank, and pulled that scoop for miles & miles up to Babe. And there was the St. Lawrence, practically dug.

The air lift was not that easy, but it had the genuine...

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