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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

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Tabloidia

Alex Weber, '37

The Magpie, January 1936, v. 37, n. 1, p 13.

Have you ever been a member of a crowd staring of a man hanging from a window thirty stories above? The crowd mills about like a group of frightened sheep knowing not what to do. A woman faints, the crowd is hushed as a man shouts, "His grip's weakening." The police arrive and force their way up. The crowd grows tense with anxiety and nervousness, women scream, and strong men turn away. The rescue is effected. The crowd remains and then starts to disperse. Stenographers go back to work and talk of nothing else. Men shudder to think of the drop. People rush up asking, "What's the matter?" They are told by some "fortunate" witness. They look up, but see only the bleak sky and the open window overlooking the deep abyss below. A youth nearby announces that it was an attempted suicide . . ? The man lost his nerve at the last minute; another member of the crowd says it was an accident. Horns honk, blocked traffic is impatient; an officer comes, the crowd leaves. A little article on the back page fourth column is the monument to this gathering.


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