New Orleans 1913 (by Joel Kaye)

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-NEW ORLEANS 1913 by Joel Kaye-

 

THE EDITOR’S OFFICE AT A NEW ORLEANS NEWSPAPER JANUARY 1913. EDITOR IS SEATED.

REPORTER STANDS.

  • EDITOR        Shooting a .38 revolver you say?
  •  REPORTER      Yes, Mr Editor, sir!
  •  EDITOR        On the corner of Rampart and Perdido Street on New Year’s Eve. That’s a disgrace! Anyone hurt?
  •  REPORTER      No.
  •  EDITOR        Never mind. (PAUSE) At whom was he discharging said weapon?
  •  REPORTER      Another child.
  •  EDITOR        Also armed?
  •  REPORTER      The boy said the other party was shooting at him and his companions with a cap pistol.

EDITOR SPREADS HIS ARMS WIDE TO MIME A HEADLINE

  •  EDITOR        ‘Colored pistol gang rampages thru Storyville Section!’
  •  REPORTER      He said they were a singing quartet.
  •  EDITOR        Looking to rob sailors!
  •  REPORTER      He was the only one convicted.
  •  EDITOR        Well, just the one child shooting off a pistol will have to do. I’m not an unjust man.But you see how these negroes are. Armed and dangerous at twelve years old. Whatever will he turn into? What was his name?
  •  REPORTER      Louis Armstrong.

EDITOR STANDS UP

  •  EDITOR        I’ve got a meeting with the mayor. Set the story up right away.
  •  REPORTER      Yes sir!
  •  EDITOR        ‘Louis Armstrong!’ No King Louis he!

 

THEY EXIT.