Charles Montgomery Skinner (Aug 4, 1844 - Jun 30, 1928) was an American writer who published myths and legends collection books. His dream was to make American folklore heritage more glorious. Skinner’s writings were wide ranging. His career in literature and journalism included editorship of the Brooklyn Eagle. His study of the paper’s famed Walt Whitman appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. He also commented on turn-of-the-century America’s turbulent economy in Workers and the Trusts and American Communes.
The Devil and The Dalles is a short story by Charles M. Skinner, included in “Myths and Legends of Our Own Land; Volume 08: On the Pacific Slope". The story revolves around a volcano in state of eruption. Author draws us a picture of raging nature, effortlessly destroying whatever men build up. A short meditation on endless defiance of human and nature, what does the devil have to with it? Read, and, perhaps, you will find the answer.