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J.A. Fletcher

The Boston Herald was started in 1846, making it one of the first newspapers in the United States.

10/31/2010 #1
J.A. Fletcher

Arnold entered his new office. Working on the Boston Bulge had swell, but he needed to expand his readership. Everyone read the Herald. And he had jumped at the chance when a writing position was open, and he had plenty of sensational stories in his portfolio. He saw a fresh morning paper on his desk. He sat down, swung his legs pompously onto the top of the desk, and opened the paper to see his glaring article on the front page:

SON OF RICH HOLLYWOOD MOGUL KIDNAPPED! POLICE BAFFLED!

__________

ADOPTED SON OF JACK AND LILAH MAYER KIDNAPPED FROM

HOTEL ROOM. SEARCH REVEALS NO CLUES.

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BOSTON. - Adopted son of the recently married Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mayer has

been kidnapped from the Avalon Hotel, where they have been staying since

their honeymoon in Egypt. Mr. Mayer's business in Boston has not yet been

confirmed, though sources reveal he may be in the middle of an upcoming

screen project.

It was unknown that the Mayers adopted a son while honeymooning in

Egypt, and the child's name is yet to be known. If there is any information

about the child or his whereabouts, please write to the Boston Herald, or

contact the police.

Jack Mayer married Lilah Farrell in April of this year in Boston. At the time, she

was an up-and-coming actress, now she is an expecting mother, worried sick

about her missing son.

Mr. Mayer is also the first cousin of Louis B. Mayer, Hollywood producer and

studio executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

-Arnold Lancer

10/31/2010 #2
J.A. Fletcher

Arnold Lancer walked into the telegraph room with his cup of coffee. The radioman was on duty, scribbling down information that came in over the wireless.

"Morning." Arnold said.

"Morning." The wireless operator "Sparks" replied.

"What's in the news?"

"Oh, some sports scores."

"Pretty boring stuff, huh?"

"Yeah." Sparks pressed his headphone closer to his ear and scribbled down some numbers. "Yanks, three-to-zip. Brooklyn, zero-to-seven. Jesus Christ."

"Say," Arnold said, extending his index finger away from the cup of joe and toward the telegraph machine. "Mind if I listen in for a while?"

"Hell no." Sparks said, throwing off the headphones and standing up. "Be my guest."

"Thanks." Arnold put his coffee down and sat at the macine. "Like to have a try at it. Improve my skills a bit."

12/13/2010 #3
J.A. Fletcher

"I'm gonna go get some coffee." Sparks said. "I'll be right...back. Don't foul anything up."

"Don't worry." Arnold replied, pulling the headphones over his ears. He listened in on the Associated Press. He started copying the code down onto Spark's pad of paper.

TUES 31 STOP ELEVEN TRENTY TWO AM STOP GUNFURE HEARD STOP SORTH FRAIN STATION SUMNER STREET STOP

FIVE REPURTED DEAD STOP OFFICERS KILLEWD STOP TGOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUNS USED STOP HOLD UP IF STATION

STOP CLERK SHOT MUGGER STOP

"Sparks!" Arnold threw off the headphones and hurried out into the break room. "Sparks!"

"What?" Sparks slammed down his coffee. "Don't tell me you messed something up."

"No!" Arnold cried. "The train station's been shot up! It's on the AP."

Sparks' eyes widened and he ran back to the wireless room. He put the headphones on and waited for the message to finish, then started copying down when it was re-sent.

TUES 31 STOP ELEVEN TWENTY TWO AM STOP GUNFIRE HEARD STOP SOUTH TRAIN STATION SUMMER STREET STOP

FIVE REPORTED DEAD STOP OFFICERS KILLED STOP THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUNS USED STOP HOLD UP IN STATION

STOP CLERK SHOT MUGGER STOP WOMAN USED HOSTAGE STOP FREE STOP

"Christ, I've got to get over there." Arnold said. He hurried out of the room.

12/17/2010 #4
J.A. Fletcher

Arnold entered his office and sat down in front of his typewriter.

"Okay..." He sighed. He started typing slowly.

BATTLE IN CHINATOWN

Column by A. Lancer

--

While Boston slept in the late evening, in Chinatown gunfire spoke, and

its words said: "Boston overrun by hooligan gangs".

This reporter witnessed this colossal battle of the underworld, including

members of the Tong family from New York City, and the Mancini Family,

a gang of thugs led by the elusive Tony Moreno. Moreno was recently

crowned king of the underworld after the bombing that took the life of

mobster Amadeo Mancini, unfortunately for the dead left in its wake.

Since Moreno's "coronation" a wave of crime has swept Boston,

including further bombings, gunfights anddrive-by shootings. To add

a further reason to rid these rats they call "mobsters", a large battle

was waged in Chinatown between the Tongs and the Mancini family,

started over one of the last honest law enforcement officers in this

city, Mr. Joe Whalen of the Whalen Detective Agency.

This reporter insists that the readers do their part in convincing the

city of Boston to "turn up the heat" and make our city safe once more.

Men like Mr. Whalen are doing their part in order to ensure that

safety, and it is men of that sterling breed that make this reporter

proud to be American.

9/9/2011 . Edited 9/9/2011 #5
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