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The New York Times, May 27, 1926


Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in Bronze to Be Unveiled at Hannibal.

HANNIBAL, Mo., May 26 (AP). - Within sight of their favorite haunts on the Mississippi River, a bronze lifesize statue of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain's famous characters, will be unveiled here tomorrow afternoon.

The statue is at the foot of Cardiff Hill, which was the meeting place of Tom and his gang. Twain described the hill as "a delectable land, dreamy, reposeful and inviting."

The statue depicts Tom as leaving his boyhood paradise and Huck to engage in the more serious problems of life, while Huck, not so intelligent and ambitious, remains among his boyhood scenes.

The monument is within a block of Twain's boyhood home and only a few feet from the old stone city jail where Muff Potter of the Tom Sawyer story was confined. The statue also is within sight of Finn's home.

The statue will be presented to the city by George A. Mahan of Hannibal, President of the State Historical Society of Missouri, who with his wife and son, Dulany Mahan, are the donors.

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