By Edward L. McKenna (1893-1953).
Illustrations by Raymond Sisley (1892-1963; HERE).
First appearance: Blue Book, March 1950.
Short short story (5 pages; 3 illos).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"A dramatic scene on that road to Hell that is paved with good intentions."
A tale of irony and woe . . .
"That's why I am in this jam."
"He don't think anybody can run a lawnmower in Central Park without he gets some
advice from Whitey and gives him a cut."~ Daisy Varden:
"Still and all, she's always Daisy Varden, and Daisy Varden was tops in the night-club business for my money."
~ Clara Purcelle:
"This dizzy tramp gets an awful crying jag."
~ "since Prohibition" (Wikipedia HERE); "long past repeal". (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "the Big Apple". (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "a gat" (Wikipedia HERE); "I don't pack no rod" (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "she tops for night-clubs". (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "on Pullmans". (Wikipedia HERE).
~ "a booster": a shoplifter (Merriam-Webster HERE) , "or a dip": a pickpocket (Merriam-Webster HERE), "or a pineapple" (from the context it could be a criminal of some sort).
~ "two yards and a half": One yard = $100. (Merriam-Webster HERE).
~ "the ice": diamonds, jewelry. (Merriam-Webster HERE).
~ "A Sullivan Act violation!" (Wikipedia HERE).
HERE), "Fay Templeton" (Wikipedia HERE), "Nora Bayes" (Wikipedia HERE), "Marie Lloyd" (Wikipedia HERE), and "Walter Donaldson" (Wikipedia HERE).
- The FictionMags Index thumbnail about Edward Lawrence McKenna: "Author, columnist, assistant professor of insurance at the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Brooklyn, New York; died in Baltimore, Pennsylvania."