It is well known that Al Rose’s book “Storyville, New Orleans,” published in 1974, is the premier book on Storyville. It’s the book that started it all. It contains some amazing interviews, and a plethora of photographs and advertisements from that era.
And I know this will probably bite me in the ass when I make my first mistake but… this one is kind of a biggie. At least to me.
Rose stated that the Mascot was founded by Joseph Livesy and Billy Mack. Not true.
First off, Joseph’s name is spelled Livesey.
Second, it was founded by Livesey as well as George Osmond and J.S. Bossier. W.M. “Billy” Mack did not join the paper until 1886 – four years after the paper’s debut. In fact, January 16, 1886 was the first time Mack was listed as a proprietor in the newspaper and it was also the same year that he was listed in the City Directory as one of the owners.
Rose also stated that Livesey died in the winter of 1884. Wrong; he died in March of 1884. When Livesey died, Adolphe Zenneck bought an interest in the paper.
It also states that “the shock-proof citizens of the Crescent City were in no way astonished by the paper’s exposes but relished its gossipy quality and its occasional behind-the-scenes peeks at municipal graft and vice.”
Wrong again – I would say that multiple libel suits, three murders, jail time, as well as the Mascot making headlines in newspapers across the county was, in fact, astonishing! Rose doesn’t mention any of this.
However, Rose did have this to say about the Mascot, which I do agree with: “As time went on its political exposures did begin to have an astringent effect on the public, and there is no doubt that certain beneficial social changes were attributable, at least in part, to the influence of the paper.”
Rose uses illustrations, articles, and quotes from the Mascot MANY times. The least he could do was check some basic facts.
Come on, Al… Really!