Alternative History: Mojave, 1946

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Cowley, Robert (Berkley, September 2004, ISBN 9780425198186)

My contribution to the genre:

Mojave, 1946

1050: Fifty years after Leif Ericsson’s discovery of North America, Norse colonists build a permanent settlement on the island of Newfoundland.

 

1060: Exploring the mainland to their west, Norse explorers introduce European diseases into the Americas. By 1200, the native population has fallen from eighteen million to less than four million.

 

1082: Thorgil Ulfsson explores the North American coastline from Newfoundland to Delaware.

 

1133: Egill Haengsson founds the city of New Oslo in the region of Connecticut. In 1155, his nephew, Skapti Thorvaldsson, founds the city of Skaptibyggð in the region of Maryland.

 

1500: European conquest of the New World proceeds at a slower pace. Instead of societies soon decimated by disease, Europe discovers populous native cultures with iron tools and weapons.

The slower pace of conquest, in turn, leads to increased cultural exchange between Europe and Native America. Intermarriage between prominent European Americans and the Native American oligarchies becomes an important tool of diplomacy.

American Christianity adapts to local customs, evangelising in native languages and often building its churches on the sites of former native worship. Elements of native religions enter into American Christianity.

 

1775: The Norse state of Vinland now comprises the Northeastern region of the United States from Maine to Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania as well as the Canadian regions of Newfoundland, Labrador, Québec and eastern Ontario. England hold the territory to their west, from Ontario to Saskatchewan in the North and Virginia to Louisiana in the South. Spain hold most of South and Central America as far north as Honduras. The remainder of North America including Mexico, California and Texas remains under native control.

 

1775: A confederation of British colonies comprising Indiana, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Illinois rebel against British rule, beginning the American Revolutionary War. On July 4, 1776, they declare independence as the Federated States of America (FSA).

 

~1775: A nuclear explosion with a yield of at least forty kilotons takes place in Antarctica.

 

1823: Retaliating against an attack on an American merchantman, the Federated States Navy bombards the town of Quallah Battoo in Sumatra.

 

1851: A four-year war between the FSA and a league of Native American nations concludes with the Treaty of Essa-queta, which cedes California, Texas and New Mexico to the FSA.

 

1852: Tache becomes the first incorporated city in the FSA state of California. It serves as a temporary capital for the state until the legislature moves to Chemehuevi in 1855.

 

1854: After a clash over tariffs between the FSA and local townspeople, the F.S. Navy sloop Cyane bombards the town of San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua.

 

1859: Fifty-thousand F.S. settlers receive homesteads in the new state of California under the Federation Homestead Act.

 

1860: Vinland begins the world’s first commercial exploitation of petroleum. A well in the province of Mitrland, Vinland produces two-thousand barrels a year.

 

1863: F.S. entrepreneur Christopher Peacock contracts to build a Chilean railroad between Santiago and Valparaiso, but when the Chilean government advance him $400,000 to begin, he absconds with the money.

 

1865: French archaeologist Jasper Faille discovers four adult Neanderthal skeletons in a cave on the South Sandwich Islands that differ to a considerable extent from previous finds. Faille dates them to the Middle Palaeolithic period of 50,000 BC. Two-years later, the scientific community mourns when a museum fire in Paris destroys all four specimens.

 

1868: A cholera pandemic that began in 1866 comes to an unexplained end. From January to September, 99.8% of all suffers die, sometimes advancing from their initial infection to death in less than a fortnight, but after September, no new cases appear.

 

1869: Riots against Chinese coolies erupt on the streets of Ohlone, California.

 

1870: The first transcontinental railroad through the FSA links Virginia Beach in Virginia to the city of Mojave in California (counterpart to Homeline’s Los Angeles).

 

1872: The Vinland ferryboat S. S. Leifr Eiríksson explodes, killing all aboard. Vinland adopts rigorous steamboat maintenance and design codes.

 

1874: The Orphrey Railroad links the cities of Ohlone and Mojave in California.

 

1876: An outburst of typhoid fever in Vinland kills five-thousand before disappearing almost overnight. Within a span of days, all known suffers either die or make complete recoveries and no new cases occur.

 

1879: FSA President Samuel Tilden signs the Chinese Exclusion Act limiting immigration of Chinese labourers to the FSA.

 

1890: By 1890, California has become the largest oil producer in the Federated States. Oil wells dominate the Mojave Basin and Kern County west of the Antelope Valley. The trading floor of the Mojave Oil Exchange covers almost a hectare.

 

1895: Mobster “Diamond Jim” Colosimo immigrates to Chicago. He dresses in flashy white suits with diamond pins and rings. By 1910, he owns a share in more than two-hundred brothels and gambling dens in the FSA.

 

1896: Oil prospectors drill through piers off the shore of Summerland, California, constructing the world’s first offshore oil wells.

 

1901: A reputable study into the efficacy of Old Professor Hostetter’s Stomach Sarsaparilla, which contains forty percent alcohol, flabbergasts FSA’s medical establishment when it finds the nostrum effective against dysentery, dyspepsia, colic and bilious complaints. Sales skyrocket.

 

1903: Anthracite coal miners begin a six-month strike that cripples the Federated States. Dexter Chamberlain of the Federated Iron & Coal Company replies that, “The rights and interest of the labouring man will not find protection under the auspices of labour agitators, but only under the aegis of the Christian men to whom God in His infinite wisdom has given the control of the property interests of this country”.

 

1905: Universal Studios, MGM and Warner Brothers all purchase land in Hollywood on the outskirts of Mojave.

 

1906: An earthquake and the ensuing fires destroy two-thirds of the city of Ohlone, California, leaving a quarter million Californians homeless.

 

1907: Clement Wheelwright founds the Asiatic Debarment Coalition in Konomihu, California, which seeks to ban Japanese immigration to the FSA.

 

1909: The Industrial Workers of the World begin the publication of two newspapers: the English-language Industrialist published out of Ahwahnechee, California in the FSA and the Vinlandic-language Waulk published out of Liripipe, Meginland in Vinland.

 

1910: Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition ends in disaster. Going off course near the Axel Heiberg Glacier, the crew perishes in December from hunger and exhaustion.

 

1911: William Mulholland completes the Mojave Aqueduct connecting Mojave in southern California to creeks of the Oowekeno mountain range in the north.

 

1912: The Industrial Workers of the World add a Finnish-language newspaper, Tie Vapauteen, to their publications.

 

1913: The Lincoln Highway links Ohlone, California to Plymouth, North Carolina.

 

1914: Shipping millionaire Cornell Burroughs builds his mansion in Hollywood, Mojave in the shape of an Iroquois longhouse, starting a fad that lasts until WWII.

 

1915: The Californian city of Kumeyaay hosts the Panama-California World’s Fair. Kumeyaay Zoo, constructed for the event, remains the largest zoo in California to the present day.

 

1916: The FSA invades the nation of Quisqueya in the Antilles archipelago to protect routes through the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean to the Panama Canal.

 

1917: The Mescalero Confederation nationalizes its oilfields.

 

1918: Annual lynchings in North America fall to an all-time low of 31.

 

January, 1919: The states of the FSA ratify the Eighteenth Amendment to the Federated States Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture, sale and transportation of ‘intoxicating liquors’ within the FSA. The ratification, which requires three-quarters of the thirty-five states, completes on the sixteenth of January, with North Dakota and Nebraska the only states against the amendment.

 

February, 1919: “Diamond Jim” Colosimo opens a brothel named ‘The Four Deuces’ at 2222 South Wabash in Chicago with his nephew Johnny Torrio. Torrio brings in a young lieutenant named Al Capone to work as its bartender, introducing him to Chicago. When an unknown party murders Colosimo a year later, first Torrio and then Capone gains control of his gang, later known as the ‘Chicago Outfit’. Between 1925 and 1930, the Federated States Treasury estimates that Capone rakes in half a billion dollars in illegal income.

 

September, 1919: In the case Schenck v. Federated States, the Supreme Court of the FSA rules that clauses of the Espionage Act that restrict citizens’ freedom to discourage participation in the war effort during wartime violate the right to free speech guaranteed under the First Amendment.

 

November, 1919: Airmail service begins between Chicago, Illinois and Skapti, New Finnmark. By the end of the year, flight time falls to ten hours.

 

February, 1920: Mafioso Albert Anastasia (born Umberto Anastasio) emigrates from Calabria, Italy to Virginia, FSA. He soon rises to a position of prominence in the International Longshoremen’s Association.

 

September, 1920: Marcus Garvey opens the first international convention of the Universal Negro Improvement Association at Liberty Hall in Red Bluff, California. Twenty-five thousand delegates attend.

 

1921: Senator Warren Gamaliel Harding defeats Iowa Governor Thaddeus Drake to become President of the FSA. After Harding’s death from an aneurism in 1923, Vice President Montgomery Glover becomes President of the FSA.

 

January, 1922: The Mojave Ambassador Hotel opens at 532 Oak St. in South Sowee. It has six-hundred rooms and occupies twenty-five acres.

 

November, 1922: The Shrine Auditorium, future venue of the Academy Awards, opens in Mojave. It features domed cupolas overlaid with tan and pink stones in a Hopi Indian basket-weave pattern.

 

1923: FSA president Warren Harding fulfils an electoral promise to end the occupation of Quisqueya. In 1925, Quisqueya hold their first elections.

 

January, 1924: The state of Georgia convicts Albert Anastasia for the homicide of a fellow longshoreman. They incarcerate him in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where he meets Jimmy “The Shiv” Destefano.

 

August, 1924: Mojave begins an ambitious infrastructure project to remodel the financial district around Pioneer Avenue in South Naahleeka as a grid of identical blocks. Delayed by the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1942, the project completes in November of 1945.

 

June, 1925: Vinlandic prizefighter Sigurd Kyrre defeats American Jack Dempsey in Oregon, becoming World Heavyweight Champion. By the end of the fight, Kyrre cannot see because of his own blood.

 

September, 1925: In the case Carroll v. Federated States, the Supreme Court of the Federated States rules warrantless search of an automobile unconstitutional.

 

March, 1926: On Al Capone’s orders, enforcer Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo assassinates Northside racketeer Hymie Weiss outside the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

 

November, 1926: A Vinlandic-language radio play about a workers revolution causes a panic in New Oslo.

 

January, 1927: Route 66 links Mojave, California to Chicago, Illinois.

 

October, 1927: FSA president Montgomery Glover announces that he won’t contest the 1928 elections.

 

December, 1927: In the case Olmstead v. Federated States, the Supreme Court of the Federated States rules that FBI wiretapping, used throughout the previous decade to catch bootleggers, breaches the Fourth Amendment to the Federated States Constitution as a form of unlawful search.

 

September, 1928: Mojave completes construction of its city hall, at that point the tallest building in Mojave. It uses a façade of alternating pink and yellow stones to reproduce an Inca zigzag pattern. City officials brag that it can withstand any earthquake California chooses to throw at it.

 

November, 1928: Republican Herbert Hoover defeats democrat Spencer Bowling by a landslide, becoming president of the FSA from 1929 to 1933.

 

1929: The USSR expels Leon Trotsky. In 1930, Trotsky settles in Chile.

 

February, 1930: American boxer Marshall Weir knocks out Vinlander Sigurd Kyrre in Ohio to become World Heavyweight Champion. In 1932, he loses the title to Nakai Mahpeeya of the Republic of Yucatán.

 

August, 1930: A hurricane hits the Eastern shore of Vinland, killing 112 people.

 

February, 1931: The FSA convicts Al Capone for income tax evasion. Frank Nitti becomes figurehead boss of the Chicago Outfit. Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo becomes caporegime of an Outfit crew in Mojave, specialising in loansharking.

 

April, 1931: During the so-called ‘Castellammarese War’, Gangsters Albert Anastasia, Bugsy Siegel and Jimmy “The Shiv” Destefano execute Salvatore Maranzano and “Joe The Boss” Masseria on the streets of Detroit. Lucky Luciano becomes the preeminent gangster in the FSA.

Luciano appoints Anastasia and labour racketeer Louis “Lepke” Buchalter as heads of his enforcement subdivision, soon known as ‘Murder Inc.’. By 1940, they’ve committed over five-hundred murders, operating from the back of a candy store in Indianapolis.

 

September, 1931: The Mojave Central Library opens at the corner of Pierce Road and Main Street. Terracotta reliefs around the building create a Cherokee herringbone pattern in cream, grey and red.

 

November, 1931: The Australian submarine Nautilus sinks when it collides with the edge of an undersea trench at a latitude of 61 degrees south.

 

January, 1932: Unemployment in the Federated States rises to thirty percent.

 

July, 1932: Three-thousand participants compete in the Mojave Olympics.

 

February, 1933: Prohibition ends in the FSA when the states ratify the Twenty-First Amendment to the Federated States Constitution (which repeals the Eighteenth Amendment).

 

March, 1933: David Sigmundson (counterpart to homeline Hollywood producer David O. Selznick) emigrates from New Oslo in Vinland to Mojave, California.

 

November, 1933: Missouri Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover to become president of the FSA. He will remain in office until his death in 1945.

 

1934: In a controversial split decision, American boxer Sterling Roach defeats Yucatecan Nakai Mahpeeya to become World Heavyweight Champion. In 1937, he loses the title to American Joe Louis.

 

1935: After a five-year campaign to curtail the agency’s power, Federated States Congress and President Roosevelt disband the FBI.

 

1936: Teletypewriters see use in the FSA.

 

1937: Lucky Luciano sends Bugsy Siegel to California to take over Mojave’s gambling rackets. Soon, competition from the Chicago Outfit leads to escalating violence on the streets of Mojave. In 1940, Californian Attorney General Earl Warren describes Siegel as the ‘Al Capone of Mojave’.

 

1938: Vigilantes drive three hundred striking agricultural workers from their homes in Grass Valley, California.

 

1939: Merchants National Trust and Savings opens in Mojave. Its building on Paramount Boulevard in Monterey Park uses an ornamented French style decorated with pink and yellow stones in a Navajo chequerboard pattern.

 

August, 1940: Leon Trostky survives an assassination attempt by Stalinist agents in Chile. Though bedridden by 1945, he remains alive to the present day.

 

September, 1940: The Supreme Court of the FSA upholds the right, on grounds of free speech, of FSA citizens to advocate the violent overthrow of the FSA government, her subordinate governments or institutions.

 

October, 1940: Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires (undefeated) after contracting tuberculosis. He dies in 1942 at a sanatorium in Billings, Montana. In 1941, the National Boxing Association recognises American Garland Cartwright as World Heavyweight Champion.

 

January, 1941: At Good Samaritan Hospital in Glendale, Mojave, Willie Sue Vliet gives birth to Don Glen Vliet (counterpart to homeline musician and painter Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart).

 

February, 1941: Radio station W47NV begin broadcasting in Jackson, Mississippi, becoming the first FM radio station in the FSA.

 

September, 1941: Bugsy Siegel’s “Murder Inc.” defenestrate criminal informant Abe “Kid Twist” Reles in the presence of an eight-man police bodyguard in Mojave.

 

October, 1941: KECA Radio open studios on Pacific Avenue in Huntington Park, Mojave. Their building uses a Cree Indian pattern of dark crosses over an ivory-coloured background. By 1946, they have become the most profitable radio station in Mojave.

 

February, 1942: John H. Johnson begins publishing Negro Digest in Mojave. In 1945, he will introduce Ebony magazine.

 

June, 1942: Reform candidate Acid Chandler defeats incumbent Fletcher Bowron to become Major of Mojave.

 

August, 1942: Pronto Siete, a Chilean food company founded by soviet exile Leon Trotsky, unveils the ‘Slurpee’ ice beverage at a tradeshow in Punta Arenas.

 

September, 1942: Federated States Courthouse opens on Woodland Street in Maywood, Mojave. Its building features an Algonquian pattern of red and white zigzags over a black background.

 

October, 1942: Open war breaks out between Bugsy Siegel’s gang and the Chicago Outfit in Mojave. It ends four months later when the state of California indicts several high-ranking members of the Outfit for extortion.

 

January, 1943: Despite a notorious record of corruption, former Mayor of Mojave, Frank L. Shaw, defeats Justice Earl Warren to become Governor of California.

 

February, 1943: The state of California indicts Frank Nitti and other members of the Chicago Outfit for attempting to extort money from Hollywood film studios through their control of labour unions. In March, Nitti commits suicide by the rail tracks near Mojave’s Union Station by shooting himself through the head. Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo becomes head of the Outfit in California.

 

June, 1943: American boxer Junior Tahachee outpoints fellow countryman Garland Cartwright in Wisconsin to become World Heavyweight Champion. Sportswriters describe it as the, “fight of the aeon”. In September, Tahachee enlists as a private in the Federated States Army. He travels with the Special Services Division giving exhibition matches throughout Europe. In June, 1945 he returns to live in Mojave, California.

 

December, 1944: In the case Korematsu v. Federated States, the Supreme Court of the FSA rules that Executive Order 9066, which allowed the federal government to inter Americans of Japanese descent during WWII, violates the constitution.

 

February, 1945: Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound, staring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck, opens in the FSA.

 

April, 1945: FSA President Franklin Roosevelt dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of sixty-three. Harry S. Truman becomes president of the FSA.

 

June, 1945: Fifty nations, including the FSA and Vinland, sign the United Nations charter at the War Memorial Opera House in Ohlone, California. Other signatories of note include, Cōzcatlān, France, the Canadian Confederacy, the Paiute League, Czechoslovakia, the Mescalero Confederation, the Republic of China, Zuma Union, the Philippine Commonwealth, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom, Yugoslavia and the League of Twelve Nations.

 

December, 1945: Fire comes out of the brambles and devours Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Mojave.

 

1946: Heavyweight boxing champion Junior Tahachee drowns while swimming near Long Beach in Mojave. In February, the National Boxing Association recognises fellow Mojave resident Jimmy Barlow as World Heavyweight Champion.

 

Mojave Aviation Bureau
512 Newport Dr. South, Long Beach
• Controller Mr. Fabian Maunders, 47
• Aide Mrs. Silva Pike, 40
Weatherman Center for Neuropsychiatric Hygiene
Building 2, psychiatric ward, Good Samaritan Hospital, 410 – 440 Eesweeha St., Glendale
• Psychoanalyst Dr. Foster Weatherman, 51
• Secretary Mrs. Doris Bunt, 38
• Orderlies Mack, Troy

Telegraph office of the Industrialist
711 Cedar Rd., floor 3, Solotka Grove
• Office administrator Mrs. Cassandra Fry, 28
• Telegrapher Mr. Leo Greenwood, 19 (nicknamed ‘Blinker’ because of a nervous tick in one eye)

Embassy of Vinland
255 Vine Cello St., Maywood
• Ambassador His Excellency Thorvald Sigmundsson, 52
• Deputy chief Mr. Ingvar Egillsson, 40
• Secretary Anna
• Guards Ulf, Eric, Segued

Heron house
16 Huntington Boulevard, Long Beach
• Mr. Sandy Heron, 55
• Mrs. Charlotte Heron, 50
• Ms. Ruth Heron, 26

Sunset Room
3610 Harbor Ave., Huntington Park
• Barman Rocky
• Valets Jay, Alexander, Garth

Chinese-American Anti-Defamation League
665 Dalton Rd., Solotka Grove
• Director Dr. Dan Chang, 43
• Consul Ms. Ruthy Tu, 35
• Consul Mr. Cleveland Wong, 35

Peccavi Construction
414 Chumash St., Hoyoopa
• CEO Mr. Ben Peccavi, 46
• Foreman Mr. Dusty Wellington, 38
• Secretary Ms. Veronica Nightingale, 27
• Builder Mr. Joey Bridges, 35

Midwinter and Sons
cnr. of Seal Beach Ave. and Huntington Blvd., Long Beach
• Owner Mr. Brock Midwinter, 50
• Senior broker Mr. Bogart Wickers, 40
• Secretary Mrs. Jill Den, 28
• Sailor Mr. Clarence Den, 30

Walleye Casting
2832 56th St., floor 1, Hollywood
• President Mr. Bogart Wickers, 40
• Castings agent Mrs. Alma Halfpenny, 27
• Office negro Maxwell, 32
• Actor Pat Whitehead, 35 (scar)
• Actor Dieter Bussing, 45 (Goebbels lookalike)
• Actor Solomon Roe, 25 (gold teeth, one eye)
• Actor Benny Hartshorn, 23 (apparent albino)

Prancing Chinaman Motors
1194 Eastwood Ave., Hawthorn
• Franchisee Mr. Scottie Bean, 45
• Sales rep Mr. Cliff Fink, 33
• Typist Mrs. Gertrude Fink, 33

Jiffy Plant Rentals
417 39th St., Griffith Park
• CEO Mr. Charlie Cox, 45
• Secretary Ms. Jane Peppercorn, 25

Jiffy Laundry
2100 Eucalyptus St., Glendale
• CEO Mr. Charlie Cox, 45
• Laundry supervisor Mr. Chambers M. Holliday, 25
• Head washerwoman Mrs. Colleen Alabaster, 47
• Other washerwomen Jenny, Gale, Esther, Ruby

Knights of Pythias
59 Highland Ave., Bellflower
• Knight-protector Mr. Peela Huarache, 40
• Knight Mr. Lenin Smiley, 30
• Squires Mr. Norman Crowfoot, 19
Mr. Isaiah Birch, 22

MS Almirante
Shrimp boat
• Captain Rodriguez Apeesa, 32
• Sailor Taala Escamillo, 23
• Sailor Martinez Waakanee, 18

Mojave Police Department
cnr. of Devonshire and Gaffer Avenues, South Naahleeka
• Commissioner Johnnie Woods, 55
• Assistant Commissioner Gilbert Dory, 50
• Stenographer Mrs. Freestone, 22
• Other officers Colonel Emery Parkinson, 48
Lieutenant Luke Grayling, 40
Sergeant Booker N. Griffin, 35
Detective Rex Valentine, 31
Detective Graham Lambert, 35

California Dairy Transit
407 Wakkachee Rd., Compton
• President Mr. Tabor Lazar, 41 (Hungarian)
• Secretary Mrs. Pauline Lynch, 24
• Driver Mr. Marlin Lynch, 26
• Driver Mr. Murphy Parsonage, 29

Crowfoots Cigar Emporium
100 Palm St., floor 1, Mojave
• Proprietor Mr. Samuel Crowfoot, 59
• Salesclerk Mr. Norman Crowfoot, 19 (proprietor’s nephew)

Chateau Compton
310 Westminster Dr. North, Compton
41 apartments
• Superintendent Mr. Victor Partridge, 41
• Doorman Mr. Mickey Davenport, 35
• Erstwhile resident Mr. Junior Tahachee, 27 (penthouse apartment)

Crystal Palace Apartments
1201 Lemon Rd., Mojave
40 apartments
• Doorman Mr. Daniel Wainscot, 60
• Erstwhile resident Mr. Hitoshi Yamamoto, 39 (apartment 31)

Hotel Cecil
1099 Lapalee Rd., Mojave
• Concierge Mr. Morris Fielding, 45
• Doorman Mr. Roscoe Billings, 30
• Maid Mrs. Myrtle Billings, 29
• Bellhop Josh, 17

Eddy’s Barbershop
498 Pine Blvd., Haatanatteeche
• Barber Mr. Eddy Campanile, 47
• Capo Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo, 50
• Goons Jake Bonito, Sal Bonito, Sammy Franca, Gino Regalia (“Ginny”), Victor Apollo (“Little Vic”), Dominick Amoroso (“Twitchy”), Frank Allegro (“Fingers”), Vinnie Palazzo, Giuseppe Belvedere (“Chee-Chee”), Joseph Corona (“Skinny Joe”), Nicky Fresco, Galileo Volante (“Sock Puppet”), Richie Medico, Tommy Piazza, Mercury Cicerone (“Gas Pipe”), Michelangelo Grazioso (“Sunny Mike”), Bobby Novella, Willie Cacciatore, Tino Garibaldi, Napoleon Vigilante (“Hooks”), Anthony Angelica (“Buzzy”), Primo Patella (“Gyp”), Paul Cappella (“Skids”)

Castle Flophouse and Grill
Cnr of Mottakeechee Dr. Center & Doyle St., Inglewood
Transients welcome
• Overseer Mr. Ira Pentecost, 80
• Grill master Mr. Frances Nix, 39

Hotel Bryson
497 Booth Dr., Brentwood Heights
condominiums also available
• Concierges Mr. Gene Grimes, 46
Mr. Burton Peters, 48
• Doorkeeper Sgt. Heath Chapman, 31
• Maids Tiffany, Heather, Jess
• Bellhops Wheeler, Rickey, Morgan

Anishinaabe Motel Inn
104 110th St., Culver City
• Innkeeper Cpt. Marcel Chevalier, 37
• Doorperson Mr. Jordan Foresight, 22
• Chambermaid Mrs. Sheila Foresight, 20

Margrave Hotel
696 88th St., West Mojave
• Concierge Mr. Andre Quintain, 43
• Night Auditor Mr. Erin Wane, 35
• Doorman Mr. Beau Schilling, 26
• Porter Mr. Oscar Seaborne, 27
• Chambermaids Laura, Bertha, Bonnie

Shawnee Hotel
355 171st St., Torrance
Limit: 5 persons per single-occupancy room
• Hotelier Mr. Noel Slaughter, 35

Long Beach Roadhouse
Cnr of Long Beach Highway and Wilmington Road, Long Beach
• Steward Mr. Jerry Cornfield, 40
• Janitor Mr. Brant Brooking, 24
• Gatekeeper Mr. Ralph Mackintosh, 64

unnamed bunkhouse on 143rd St.
86 143rd St., Laana in Chinatown
(Chinatown encompasses the streets north of 163rd St., east of Henry Ford Ave., west of Sun Fish Ave. and south of 135th St.)
• Landlady Mrs. Wang Shuo, 54
• Watchman Mr. Woodrow Wang, 25
• Kuomintang “Cousin” Mr. Dong Tse-ven, 35

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