July 10th, 1920

A.P. Correspondence

"An Item of Local Interest: In Address to Certain Rumors Surrounding the So-Called 'Lady Knife Thrower' at the Tri-County Summer Carnival"

As of late, citizens have reported, with some enthusiasm, that certain workers at the traveling carnival visiting the outskirts of our town are of a "peculiar sort." Specifically, the people have bandied about gossip that the knife thrower at this carnival is in point of fact a lady.

Being a servant to the public interest, your correspondent took it upon himself to uncover the truth concerning this most titillating and intriguing bit of gossip; I arranged with the manager of the carnival to meet in conference with the knife thrower during the early hours yesterday, before any of the carnival workers had set to their usual employment, entertaining comers to their fête from the town.

I arrived at the carnival grounds just before the rising of the sun and was directed to a far side of the carnival operations, where I discovered the domicile of this knife thrower, whom I encountered waiting for me out-of-doors.

For as exciting as have been all the speculations surrounding the matter of this knife thrower's identity, being loyal to the truth, I must report to you that all of these fantastical rumors are unequivocally false.

I found a man well-read and genteel, of no especial physical distinctions. He welcomed me to his home and introduced me to his wife/assistant, a Mexican Indian. Though childless and of humble circumstances, neither the knife thrower nor his wife seemed to pity their own situation.

The couple offered me coffee and breakfast, a kindness which I was only too happy to accept from them, given the earliness of the day. They then most patiently answered my questions for the next two hours, demonstrating commendable good humor and forthrightness concerning their own circumstances. Their candor and fine nature carried our conversation until at last they had to excuse themselves to ready for the opening of the carnival.

As soon as they had sufficiently prepared and the carnival had opened for the day, I took the opportunity to observe the couple at their act, which they performed as consummate professionals, unerring in their skill.

Though it may disappoint the readership to hear it, your correspondent must be honest in his report.

Most passersby wouldn't spare the knife thrower and his wife a second glance, were it not for the announcer calling attention to them outside their act. In truth, they are unfailingly ordinary folk, unassuming in every wise.

For all the hearsay surrounding them, their only distinguishing characteristic is this: a deep and extraordinary trust in each other.