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The Littlest Client #29


And so I found myself in an apartment building in Encino looking for a Ricky Rucksack to see if he could point me in the direction of Max Dolan that a little nine-year-old girl paid me a whole dollar to find. Sometimes I really don't understand my life.

There was a Negro in blue overalls mopping the marble floor in the lobby. He looked up at me when I opened the door to the building.

"Excuse me," I said, "do you know what apartment Ricky Rucksack lives in?"

I knew but I wanted to see what he said...

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    Christopher almost 4 years ago

    This is one of the drabbles with one of those non-PC words, but that was considered a polite term in 1952. The word "black" wasn't widely used to describe African Americans until the 1960s, and even then Negro was still widely used.

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