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EN GARDE UNDER THE DUELING OAKS

Sept. 20, 1954
Sept. 20, 1954

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Sept. 20, 1954

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

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  • Casey Stengel's proud Yankees, playing at a clip that has won them five World Championships, went into Cleveland this week and met a better team—the 1954 Cleveland Indians, who did not "choke up"

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  • In one mighty, man-high lunge a wild bronco throws his rider to the ground and menaces him with pawing hooves

The Wonderful World Of Sport
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Fisherman's Calendar
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19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Last Laugh

EN GARDE UNDER THE DUELING OAKS

New Orleans teaches swordplay to its youngsters

A hundred years ago the ground beneath a clump of oak trees in what is now New Orleans' city park was often watered with the blood of hot-tempered young Creoles who went there to settle their differences with swords. Today Dueling Oaks again hears the clash of steel. The New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) has revived the art of fencing, and 170 children from 7 to 18 are being schooled by maître d'armes Clement (Frenchy) J. Ledet Jr.

This is an article from the Sept. 20, 1954 issue Original Layout

Pupils who prove adept at skewering opponents in the NORD program graduate into the adult fencing clubs of New Orleans where they may continue their swordplay and become experts. Meanwhile the current class of young bloods, male and female, are busy at their sport with the cry of touché only occasionally replaced by a triumphant "Gotcha!"

PHOTOBRADLEY SMITHYOUNG FENCERS in foil class take guard position on command of Instructor Frenchy Ledet.PHOTOBRADLEY SMITHSABER DUEL BEGINS WITH LUNGEPHOTOBRADLEY SMITHFOIL EXPERTS FROM NEW ORLEANS FENCING CLUB GIVE SUNDAY EXHIBITION BEFORE THE MOSS-HUNG DUELING OAKS. THE PAIR AT LEFT ARE EN GARDE, WHILE AT RIGHT THE LUNGE IS EXECUTEDPHOTOBRADLEY SMITHDEFENDER TRIES EVASIVE ACTIONPHOTOBRADLEY SMITHTHE COUNTERATTACK IS LAUNCHEDPHOTOBRADLEY SMITHAFTER THE LUNGE, FENCER RECOVERS