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Still, we have to remember that it's not always easy to tell which mountain-man tales are true, which are embellished, which are stretched far beyond the facts, and which had their origin entirely in the teller's imagination. Some mountain men loved to play tricks on their comrades, on greenhorns, and on Indians, and telling tall tales is, simply, a kind of trick. Moreover, looking back on incidents such as battles between trappers and Indians, what was "true" probably depended on the teller's point of view and what he heard from others at the scene.

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