ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 23-5:45 A.M.
A thirteen-year-old at 883 Post Oak Road
(who wishes to remain anonymous) began
bagging The Daily News for delivery when
he read the "somewhat disturbing" headline:
ESCAPED INMATE ELUDES POLICE.
Striking out on his 2-vi-mile paper route,
the youth was quoted as thinking "the word
murderer has never been lethal before,"
but whether the mug shot on the front page
would leave his mind for a single minute
remained to be seen.
The trees, still dripping from the storm
[see WEATHER, page A2], the empty yards
and few windows waking here and there
appeared to him with "an air of caution"
and, sources say, the local colors seemed
unseasonably gray for autumn.
He knew no convict would strangle him,
choke him with a shoelace or cut his throat
with a spoon sharpened in his grimy cell;
nonetheless he stuck to the curbs and hurried,
flinging the paper only in the vicinity of
each dark porch that pays for it.
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