By George Ramsey Clark; William Oliver Stevens; Carroll Storrs Alden; Herman F Krafft

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A flashbulb washed the walls with bluewhite; one of the inmates fell off his stool. A grim-looking old woman in stiff grays yanked him up and jerked him back in line. "Your institutions for these unfortunates are little more than zoos," Frokinil stated. "Those few capable of absorbing the skills of table waiting or fruit picking are released on society to make their own way, to breed freely, reinfecting the stock with their defective genes. " "Kind of tough on the free idiots of the world," Blondel noted.

The woman thumbed a bra strap back in place and yanked down a wall map. " She picked up a pointer and peered at the big colored map of the United States; her lips moved silently. The kids thumped books, flipped pages, fired a couple of fast paper wads. The lady turned and stabbed with the pointer. " A small girl with tight braids promptly chirped: "Muntgum, Reefeenix, L'il Rock ... " Frokinil's voice came out of the air by Blondel's right ear. " The schoolroom faded into a misty glow that changed shape like smoke cloud and congealed into a wide, airy stretch of green grass under big trees.

Puzzled, Blondel complied. "OK, it's gone. " Frokinil opened one eye. He sighed hugely and almost fell into a chair. " "Just ... " "Dizziness my left patella! " "Well, as a matter of fact --it was the ... the circle around the symbolic representation of ... " Frokinil managed a pale smile. " "I never knew you Bolsheviks considered yourselves supermoles," Blondel said. " Frokinil stood, still pale. "I'd appreciate it if you'd keep this little incident confidential. Rather embarrassing, you know -- " "And that's why more of the doors in this fancy jail don't close," Blondel said.

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