The story begins with an opening shot on the exterior
of the executive mansion. It is a gala day. Soldiers are
lined up in front of the entrance; expensive cars and car-
riages are arriving and depositing distinguished notables
from the adjoining countries. Two trumpeters at the head of
the stairs announce the arrival of each notable.
In the large reception hall, Mrs. Teasdale, wife of
the late president, is greeting the newcomers. The room is
filled with distinguished guests. At the moment we see Mrs.
Teasdale, she is talking with a notable. In the near back-
ground is a group of distinguished men, members of her own
cabinet. Her words to the notable are not lost on them, and
as she begins to praise the new dictator, there is the ex-
change of disapproving glances.
It is so good of you to come.
An honor, Mrs. Teasdale.... You must indeed have great faith
in your new dictator to give him such a magnificent reception.
I feel that Rufus T. Firefly is the only logical successor to
my dear departed husband. He has the statesmanship of Glad-
stone, the humility of Lincoln, and the wisdom of Pericles.
The notable kisses her hand once more and leaves the
scene. As he does, the background group moves into Mrs.
Teasdale. Their spokesman addresses Mrs. Teasdale.
First Cabinet Member
Mrs. Teasdale, as members of Freedonia's cabinet, we do not
approve of your choice. Who is this Rufus T. Firefly?
Second Cabinet Member
(Waving aloft a paper)
A stranger in our midst, an agent for the Eureka Ammunition
Company. Think of it, Gentlemen, an ammunition salesman dic-
tating the policies of our peace-loving country.
Third Cabinet Member
Reconsider, Mrs. Teasdale, before it is too late. The citi-
zens of Freedonia want a President!
As the widow of your last president, I have the right to
choose -- and, Gentlemen, I refuse to discuss the matter any
Mrs Teasdale turns her back on them, leaving them to
mumble among themselves.
From off scene comes a servant's voice, announcing:
His Excellency, Ambassador Verdi Trentino of Amnesia!
Cut... to the archway. We see Trentino enter with a
beautiful brunette at his side. He is followed by two or
three of his fellowmen. He moves across the reception hall
to Mrs. Teasdale, bows most graciously and presses his lips
to the back of her hand, then introduces his companion.
Mrs. Teasdale..... my niece, Vera.
Mrs. Teasdale shakes the girl's hand warmly.
Your uncle has been such a friend to us in every crisis.
Without his country's financial aid --
What is money?
Mrs. Teasdale, for you -- I would do anything.
(Attempting to change the subject)
I am so anxious for you to meet our new dictator.
(Persistent in his flattery)
Mrs. Teasdale -- no matter who rules Freedonia, to me you
will always be the first lady of the land.
Trentino attempts to take her hand. The latter is a
bit confused, much to the amusement of Vera, who laughingly
Mrs. Teasdale, my uncle's hopeless -- you've been the only
topic of conversation ever since we left Amnesia.
Mrs. Teasdale's confusion is happily interrupted by
the announcement of a servant, off scene.
The Honorable Mohamed Pandooh of Mufhtan!
Oh, I must greet His Honor.
Mrs. Teasdale exits from the scene quickly. Vera and
Trentino look after her, then Vera laughs softly, as their