The Pied Piper of Gotham

by Grant Carrington

    "The Pied Piper of Gotham" was published in the November 9th 1964 issue of Plume & Sword, edited by students at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

    The inspiration for "The Pied Piper of Gotham" was watching three "beats" playing in the Washington Square fountain when I was a student at NYU.



    "And furthermore they cause some kind of disease," Al asserted.
    "How do you know?" I asked.
    "It was in the paper."
    "Since when have you started reading the paper?"
    "Bede told me about it."
    I looked at Bede to see if it was true. She was busy floating one of her sandals in the fountain. Her dirty blonde hair nodded affirmation without looking up.
    "Why, those damn pigeons are walking around in filth all day. They say several people have died already and I bet if they really look into it, they'll find out pigeons cause all kinds of disease."
    "Al, I think you're going just a little bit off the deep end."
    "What do you mean? Just look at the crap they wallow in."
    "So what? You walk in it all day; so do dogs and cats , and you don't scream your off about them."



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