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Hank got here working out, waving a telegram. “This simply got here for you. ” Teeheezal tore open the Western Union envelope. TO: ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, ALL towns, u . s . a . FROM: workplace OF THE lawyer common 1. VOLSTEAD ACT (PROHIBITION) IS NOW legislations cease ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS anticipated TO implement COMPLIANCE cease 2. around UP the entire REDS cease PALMER Teeheezal and the sergeant raced to punch the large crimson button at the sergeant’s table close to the 3 telephones. Bells went off within the squad room within the tower atop the station. Sgt. Fatty’s lunch basket used to be at the sidewalk out entrance once they bought again open air. He reappeared from round again, riding the black field of a truck marked Police Patrol, using with one hand. And cranking the hand siren with the opposite, until eventually Sgt. Hank jumped in beside him and commenced operating the siren at the passenger aspect. Patrolmen got here from all over the place, the squad room, the storage, operating down the streets, their nightsticks of their hands—Al, Mack, Buster, Chester, Billy, and Rube—and jumped onto the again of the truck, a few lacking, grabbing the again fender and being dragged till they righted themselves and climbed up with their fellows. Teeheezal stood at the working board, approximately falling off as they hit the reduce on the park around the highway, the place the benches had a No Petting signal above them. “Head for the dago a part of town,” acknowledged Teeheezal, taking his belt and holster throughout the window from Sgt. Hank. “Here,” he stated to the sergeant, knocking his hand clear of the siren crank. “Lemme do this! ” The global used to be a excessive screaming whine, and a blur of velocity and nightsticks in movement whilst there has been a role to be performed. AFTERWORD When I regarded, at my tale log for this, I couldn’t think my eyes. I’d constantly remembered this out-of-chronology, as being written after plenty of different tales, I labored on a part of it in the summertime of 1994, simply because I learn a part of it whereas instructing on the Clarion SF Writers’ Workshop (then in East Lansing, MI). i ended the whole lot and browse the long-hand replica at Armadillocon on October nine, 1994. I typed it up on October l0 and eleven and despatched it off to Gardner Dozois at Asimov’s, like a few Columbus of the mind's eye, on October 12. Gardner despatched again a Wandering Angus put up card, taking it, on October 20, I acquired the contracts a couple of days later, then the money, and it used to be released in Asimov’s in Feb. 1996. It used to be incorporated in my first book of all my motion picture- and radio- and tv-based tales Dream-Factories and Radio-Pictures through Electricstory. com (2001) and reprinted via Wheatland Press in 2005, either one of that are nonetheless to be had. This tale got here from areas. i used to be studying concerning the Palmer (US Attorney-General) raids on suspected Bolsheviks, anarchists and foreigners of 1920. humans obtained rounded up and deported on basic ideas. (One a part of this turned the distinguished Sacco and Vanzetti case which dragged on until 1927. ) at some point soon i noticed that if the raids had taken position within the Hollywood of our imaginations, it should were the Keystone Kops of Mack Sennett who carried them out.

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