EN GARDE UNDER THE DUELING OAKS

New Orleans teaches swordplay to its youngsters
September 19, 1954

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.

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 LUNGE
PHOTOBRADLEY 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 EXECUTED PHOTOBRADLEY SMITHDEFENDER TRIES EVASIVE ACTION PHOTOBRADLEY SMITHTHE COUNTERATTACK IS LAUNCHED PHOTOBRADLEY SMITHAFTER THE LUNGE, FENCER RECOVERS
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)