At Derr's confectionery store on Baltimore's Milton Avenue, the Hucklebuckers gathered in indignation. As self-respecting drapes, they were fed up with persecution. "A drape is a human, like anybody else," said 18-year-old John Michael defiantly.

The trouble was the dances at the city's Cahill Recreation Center, where the doorman was refusing admittance to anyone whose pants cuffs measured less than 17 inches. What was a drape without his narrow cuffs? Nothing at all. Complained Roy Fosler: "There's too much discrimination against guys with pegs on." Added Tom Fales: "The squares are afraid we'll take their girls away from them."

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