My great-grandfather, Henry Leahy, the ultimate Irishman jokester.
j 10 sleep and they didn't give a lively drummer a chance. I like a piece I can get my feet into—something you can | toss a few sticks in the air over. Have you heard Duke j' Ellington go to town? Boy, he can bum up a set of drums. That's what I like. Q.—What about o!d age? Have you made any pro- vision—saved anything—for the time when- you won't be able to be a drummer in a taxi dance hall? I don't mean to sound preachy, but it is a question, that occurs. A.—Save? Why, I can't spend $40 every week, man. Nobody but a crazy fool could do that.. I have enough left over to make me very happy for the rest of my life. Cyclorama By C. E. CHIDESTER , , , , , . Locking over Wednesdays Independent, we read a K f rt f }i A iif f ai-if t-Viot' Th- TTillT •iolMi-i*' (All i»a f trvsji_ S. 1 to ; I of the high moguls of the city 'administration were sitting squib to the effect that Dr. Vilhjalmur (All ye typewriting typewriting students try this one for speed) Stefansson says that the Irish discovered America. As Emperor Maximilian of Mexico said when about to be executed, "Time rounds up all things," the writer of this piece is vindicated after 25 years of hopeful waiting. waiting. For he once said that the Irish discovered America. Now Dr. V. S. backs up his statement. If we erred at all, some 25 years ago, it was in writing a story' to the effect that the Irish explorer, in question, was Columbus. It was St. Patrick's day along in 1910 or so, and all around the fire in the old "city hall", second floor," Schworm building when yours truly, the village news- bandit entered and said, "City Engineer Howald, tell us a story." So Harold began. He spoke of the glories of St. Patrick's day. Others Joined in the conversation and a a I finally our o!d friend, Mr. Henry Leahy, then one of the directors of public service, presented what he said were proofs that Columbus was an Irishman. So convincing was the statement regarding the gene-1 ology of Christopher that your reporter carefully recorded recorded same within ^iis cranium .(there being plenty of room) and made it the head of the St. Patrick's day story, which all reporters at one time or another are expected to write. Here was something considered by the scribe to be quite original. • But it did not go so well at the service office. Mr. Leahy, whose name indicates that he might have natural respect and affection for the Irish, did not like it. He did not' damn with faint praise. He cut' out the praise altogether. But really, what annoyed him was the publication of the statement made by City Engineer Howald that, In celebration of., St. Patrick's day, the. city horses had been fed, excelsior dyed green. That was the last straw. For weeks afterward the reporter donned his bullet proof vest every time he entered the office. We hope Mr. Leahy still hale, hearty and friendly long since has forgiven us and that he will not take exception exception to. this bit of. ancient hisory.