One Night on the Caribbean Queen

In the Beginning

Beginning Recap

Early Morning, August 28th, 1921
Grace Perry, Julius Coffin, and Smith awaken in a field, very cold. They find they are in a shallow pit next to which is a shovel and a wallet from a man named Alan Waybright. Footsteps lead off into the forest from an unknown 4th person. The field is a agricultural field and has been plowed into furrows. A scream comes from off in the woods. Julius, with a twisted ankle, Grace and Smith all head out into the forest away from the scream. There are loud noises like thunder that jump around the forest, accompanied by the sounds of breathing. They are found by a kind, older man by the name of Tom Wilson. Tom takes them back to his cabin and gets them warmed up by a fire and starts to make them some tea. Grace and Julius discover that they have been missing for nearly 7 days and have no memory of that time. Tom says they are just outside Marigold, Indiana. Changing clothes and cleaning up, everyone finds strange things. For the first, there is a star-shaped tattoo in the middle of all their backs. Grace’s hand is wrapped with dirty bandages, her hand having been pierced through by something. Julius has an incision across his abdomen and Smith has a bump on his head and is bleeding (and deaf) in his left ear. Heading back into the kitchen to check on the tea, the teakettle continues to whistle. Checking on Tom, Professor Smith finds him stiff and muscles twitching with blisters forming all over him. He seems to be dead where he stands. Another sound of slightly breaking glass and the stove ignites the wall above and the flames begin covering the walls and ceiling. Rushing out into the night, Grace, Julius and Smith all load into Tom’s pickup truck and drive off.

They decide to drive past Marigold to Chatterton, just to the North. There is a telegraph station and the train runs through there. After wiring off for some money and calling his family to let them know he is okay, Julius allows everyone to purchase some new clothes and they prepare to get a train back to Chicago. A Sheriff Sullivan begins questioning them on the platform while waiting for the train. The Sheriff seems intent on questioning them fully, but before he can do anything another man shoots the Sheriff and runs off into the woods with his family. Julius, Grace and Smith rapidly enter the train and head off toward Chicago.

On the train back to Chicago a very addled man (who introduces himself as Albert Walters) gives them a parcel and seems to babble almost incoherently. Another man enters the car and chases Walters off. Inside the parcel is a statuette of a Black Bird. The rest of the ride back to Chicago is mercifully normal.

August 29th, 1921
The group visits public records and finds the newspaper article that says the Caribbean Queen exploded killing all aboard. They begin researching the wallet they have found that belongs to Alan Waybright. Mary visits Grace and is overjoyed that she is alive. Smith invites himself over to Julius’ apartment (thankfully Charles the cat was taken well care of while Julius was away).

August 30th, 1921
Smith sees a light under the door and jumps up and throws the door to Julius’ bedroom open. Julius awakens standing in front of the black bird. The three visit the morgue but are turned away with the feeling that something strange is going on.

August 31st, 1921
Grace awakens in the early morning and heads out to her den. Turning around she is frightened by a vision of bodies floating in the air, which then suddenly fly violently toward the center of the room as the blue, underwater light flickers around her. A deep, booming voice speaks in an unearthly tongue, “Amna Suktai”. She awakens as if it was a dream. She calls Julius and Smith and they all convene at Grace’s apartment to decide their next move.

I believe this day Grace, Julius, and Smith also visit the widow of Alan Waybright. She is exhausted in her despair. She mentions that Alan had just started up his own business and was much happier for it. Her son stops them outside after they leave and tells them of a visit from an older man and a younger man dressed in a white scarf who came to speak with his dad. His dad was very upset from the visit but never spoke about it again.

They visit Holden Construction and speak with a chipper Englishman, Nigel Dickens who speaks very highly of Alan Waybright. He gives the three a letter that Waybright wrote complaining about the business practices of Calverston Construction where he worked on the renovation of the Caribbean Queen before starting up his own business. He also gives them a sheet of paper with a strange sigil on it that Waybright found on the back of one of the large, decorative columns found on board the Queen.

Grace, Julius and Smith bring the sigil to Edward Danvers at Chicago University, a professor of symbology. The sigil he thinks looks like an Asian character but is far more interested in the symbol that they draw for him. This symbol came off the ring of Wylie O’Bannon as he punched a drunken man that evening on the Caribbean Queen. It is a triangle with a wavy line drawn through it.

Julius then travels to Calverston Construction and is horrified by the abrasiveness of Mr. Lyle Calverston, and unfortunately does not get much information out of him. He overhears a conversation mentioning a boat named Abigail’s Wish that is coming in that evening. They check with the Port Authority and find it is coming in later that evening. Sneaking back into the warehouse, they find two dockworkers and a man with a white scarf going through some boxes of African artifacts. The white scarf man sifts through and finds a book that he seems very interested in and says that “Mr. Hollingsworth will be very pleased.”

Grace meets up with the dockworkers later that evening and tries to pry the name of the book out of the dockworkers but they are not very helpful. She does find out that the man in the white scarf’s name is Ricky Vanderhorn.

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A Midnight Darkly
Where Grace meets Vera Channing and O'Bannon and the Walters' Apartment is visited.

August 31st, 1921 (Wed)
After seeing the dockworkers involved in handing off crates to Mr. Ricky Vanderhorn (who works for a fellow named ), Grace meets Perkins at the Pickled Parrot, a speakeasy where she finds that it was a French book that came from Africa that Vanderhorn was after.

September 1st, 1921 (Thurs)
Stefan at the Dandy Lion tries to set Grace up with a meeting with Terrence Monaghan, head of the Monaghan family. He is unable to do that, but does get her an interview with Wylie O’Bannon. Julius calls his mother to check in and she tells him there is a gala that the family is putting on in a few weeks. Julius and Grace check in with Professor Danvers who is out but has left a letter that gives information about the signet ring that O’Bannon is wearing called the Ignotus Mantellum, a cult from medieval Venice. Grace has an interview with O’Bannon and she recognizes Vera Channing from the Caribbean Queen‘s deck on that fateful night that the strange event happened. O’Bannon tells Grace that he is opening a club and asks her to strip. Grace refuses and is immediately shown out the door. Insisting that Julius gets an abdominal x-ray, a quick visit to Dr. Seeber reveals a normal abdomen. On to Lynch’s Antiquities, the elder chain smoking man informs Julius that the bird looks Egyptian but is a forgery, made maybe 10-20 years ago. On to Vincent Prieto’s Bookstore, where the cackling old man picks up on Julius’ lie about doing thesis on the Codex of Assad Agassi. He mentions its connection to the Ignotus Mantellum, as it has been adopted as their bible. As his final task of the day, Julius writes away to the Chatterton newspaper for copies of all newspapers from the last week, looking for any word on Tom Wilson’s death and the shooting of the Police Officer.

September 2nd, 1921 (Fri)

Bringing the supposedly worthless Black Bird home with him from the bank, Julius goes to sleep. He dreams of a disagreement between two people, Cecelia Walters and Albert Walters. Albert is confronting Cecilia about what she is into, and how all this could have resulted in a man coming into their home and shooting up the place. He then shifts to another area with a pressed copper vaulted ceiling, he is laying in bed and drawing complex mathematical symbols in the air. Julius calls Grace in the morning and tells her of his strange dreams, whereupon they begin looking into the Walters, visiting their apartment. They find two Italian workers patching the plaster on the walls from bullet holes in the Walter’s vacated apartment. Grace and Julius interview the neighbors on either side and the consensus is that Cecelia was a cold, distant lady and Albert was quiet but very friendly when approached. The neighbors were a little old lady named Elsie Canela, and a middle-aged mouse of a man named Lester Woodman. Neither of them saw the face of the attacker, although Lester mentioned that the man had a white scarf and something tucked under his arm. This shooting happened on July 28th. Investigating the possessions of the Walters (being held by the tight fisted landlord Daniel Bailey), they find a photograph with Ceceilia in it as a child. Julius and Grace investigate Albert’s workplace and talk to a “friend” of Albert’s, Kyle Wallace. He mentions that Albert was a good worker but towards the end began babbling and not getting much work done until he just didn’t show up at all and was fired in the first week of August. He spent time with a woman down in the filing room, Theresa Tams. She informs him that Albert brought her flowers a few days after he was fired. When she reminded him that he was married, he told her he was a widower, then corrected himself and said it hadn’t happened yet.

September 3rd, 1921 (Sat)
A quick check on Cecelia Walters’ parents indicates they are both dead. Wilma Taggart, Cecelia’s mother has a death certificate indicating that she committed suicide by hanging. Her father, Chester Taggart, was killed in an automobile accident. The witness signature on the death certificate showed the name, Walker Hollingsworth.

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Recap #3, 6/1/2012

Mission recap for 6/1/12

September 4th, 1921 (Sun)
With the Hall of Records closed, Julius calls home, speaks momentarily with Remington, the family butler, who hands him off to his dad, John Taylor Coffin, for information about Walker Hollingsworth. He finds out that Mr. Hollingsworth made his fortune in the railroad business, going solo and developing his own steam engine.

September 5th, 1921 (Mon)
With a brief check in with Edward Danvers on the sigil found in the Waybright safe, Danvers hands them off to Professor Vernon Peterson, an expert in Asian languages also at Chicago University. Stumped, Peterson intends to look into the question. Julius ditches the last half of his day at school and has a look at the wreck of the Caribbean Queen. He finds, to his utter disgust, that pieces of the bodies seem to have fused with the floor (a cracking finger bone gives him the shivers). Attempts to penetrate the deck below where the bodies were found are fruitless as the water is cold, dark and unyielding. He drives to the Hall of Records where Julius and Grace check up on Ricky Vanderhorn, a troubled young man who finally decides to fly straight after around 1911. Calling it a day, Julius gets the articles from the Chatterton Observer and finds two articles of note. The first talks about the cabin fire and the police’s efforts to locate the “killers”. The next article talks about a reporter initially dispatched to cover the story disappearing. He goes to bed late.

September 6th, 1921 (Tues)
Grace writes a letter to her brother, John, telling him that she missed his last letter. Delivering the letter, Grace is picked up and taken to the police station along with Julius who phones his father who gets in touch with his family lawyer, John Linderman. Once at the police station, Grace and Julius are promptly let go with a veiled threat to leave the Monaghan family alone (there is some concocted story about Grace and Julius being belligerent). Inspector Jeffery Weigand, the inspector in charge of the Caribbean Queen case asks Julius if he was down on the docks yesterday, implying he knows more than he lets on. Some research at the Hall of Records shows a death certificate for Helen Hollingsworth in 1904. Her death certificate lists a very lengthy medical cause of death: “Brain prolapsed secondary to a bilateral ocular tumor invading the forebrain resulting in respiratory failure”.

September 7th, 1921 (Wed.)
Grace and Julius head to the Kingdom Cove Gentleman’s Club where they hope to find Walker Hollingsworth. They are met by an immaculately dressed Middle Eastern man named Shamil Nahas. He offers to show them both around, though because the Kingdom does not take women as members, there were some places that were off limits. Shamil Nahas takes Julius to the Tenet room and talks to him about the 6 Tenets:
1) Drive – A statue of a man throwing a javelin. A plaque reads, “To seek, to find, to overcome.”
2) Competition – A statue of two men wrestling, “To find the strength to pit oneself against another.”
3) Brotherhood – A statue of a man standing next to a sword driven into the ground, his right arm extended, a laurel dangles from his left hand, “Vision to seek company in its highest form.”
4) Ethics – A statue of a man holding a scale, on one side there is a dove, on the other is a stack of gold coins, “To weigh the truth in all matters.”
5) Grace – A statue of a man standing over another, his hand under the kneeling man’s chin. “To have Grace in victory and in defeat.”
6) Piety – A statue of a man praying, his eyes turned down, “To embrace the truth of God and all his wonder.”
While waiting in the hallway, Grace manages to meet Ricky Vanderhorn, the man with the white scarf who apparently intimidated Alan Waybright and also was seen leaving the scene of the shooting at the Walters’ apartment. He tells Grace that Walker Hollingsworth saved his life and now he works as a financial consultant for Hollingsworth. After some chit chat, he brings her out to the patio and introduces her to several well-dressed men sitting with Hollingsworth: 1) Robert Wiedman(there was a Neva Wiedman who died in the explosion), 2) Dr. Eugene Weiss, a prominent alienist, 3) Tony McGinnis, an importer. As Grace and Julius rise to leave, they are overtaken by darkness…

They are in the back of a truck with several other people, Deirdre, Ian Unger (a banker who is rather loud), another unconscious man and an unconscious woman, both whose names are unknown. The doors of the truck open and a man tells them all to run and is quickly killed by gunfire. The people break for the car and hop in, Deirdre being cut down on the run over. Driving maybe a half mile as a bullet has damaged the engine Mr. Unger, Grace, and Julius all start out on foot. Eventually they arrive at a town called Tremont, Indiana. They find (with the help of a farmer’s almanac faithfully retrieved by Art) they have traveled back in time to 1860. Ollie, the bartender, fills them in on some news. The town is in the midst of a mayoral campaign (the two candidates are Roger Meade and Kurtis Freeman) and has been plagued by tough times and unexplained disappearances at night. Kurtis Freeman walks in and fastens suddenly upon the PC’s. He is travelling with his assistant, Jefferson Walby (another name on the list of people who died in the Caribbean Queen explosion), who recently had a son. Mayoral candidate Kurtis Freeman has a veiled conversation with Grace and Julius and implies that he knows they are from another time. He tells them they should stop by his house and talk privately. One by one everyone retires to their beds and sleeps. Julius begins to question whether or not he is alive but manages to stave off the creeping insanity of such thoughts.

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Recap #4, 6/29/2012
Back to 1860

Monday June 4th, 1860
Waking up the day after arriving in Tremont (the year being 1860), Grace and Julius walk downstairs and talk with Ollie. He talks about the mayoral race and that it has everyone pretty fired up. Tremont is in hard times and people want things to change. Ollie talks about the first Mayor of Tremont, Robert Freeman (Kurtis’ father), and how after things started going well for the town that he basically dropped out of sight until, in 1865, he tried to blow up the coal mine.

Walking outside on their way to the Freeman house they meet a woman named Ruby Ferguson. She tells Grace and Julius that they shouldn’t trust Kurtis Freeman, and that she has other information for them but can’t give it to them here. She recommends that they come to her house on the following morning.

Arriving at the Freeman house, there is a strange old man sweeping off the path up from the road. Knocking on the door, a butler with a severe respiratory problem answers the door, wheezing between words heavily. He shows them to the study and they sit. Examining the books on the shelves, Julius finds a book entitled Culte de Goules and flips through the blasphemous tome that describes horrific rites involving the cadavers of the dead in manners unfit for polite society. Searching the papers upon the desk, they find a report on the work force at the mine over the last few years. In addition, a letter written from Robert Freeman to Kurtis Freeman is found. While initially starting out relatively lucidly, it devolves quickly into insane rambling. It mentions a man by the name of Lareau and an intense desire to shut the mine down.

Natalie Vasilyeva enters the room and tells the PC’s that they are out of luck and that Kurtis Freeman is out doing a mine inspection but will be attending a campaign rally later that afternoon. She relays the message from Kurtis Freeman that if they bring him the black bird he will tell them what it does. They explore the bathroom attached to the study and find a female brush with multiple colors of hair in it. They find a storage room with rotted, old clothing. They head out shortly after, a feeling of relief coming over them when they exit the Freeman house. Grace makes herself useful to Ollie and helps to clean up in an effort to defray the cost of room and board. At the rally, both candidates speak. Freeman seems to have a better handle on campaigning. He greets them and tells them he will meet with them the following day in the afternoon.

Julius makes a side trip to the mine where he is greeted by a darkness daunting and terrifying. A small child’s cry is heard distantly and Julius retreats rapidly.

Grace and Julius sleep soundly, though Julius dreams of the mine again with a woman’s voice this time repeating over and over again, “It will be okay, everything is going to be okay…”

Tuesday, June 5th, 1860
They arise early and head over to Ruby Ferguson’s house. Knocking, they don’t get an answer so the enter the house. A bucket containing a foul substance and a ring with the inscription, “To my Darling Ruby, Love Hank”. Upstairs, they find no body but the mattress is stained with a large quantity of the foul-smelling brown liquid. Grace and Julius suspect that Ruby has met an unfortunate end. But as they walk back to the Inn, Grace catches a momentary sight of a woman who appears to be Ruby with her yellow flowered hat. Trying unsuccessfully to cut them off before they get back to the Freeman mansion (assuming they were heading there), they wait for their appointment. When the time comes, they come back to the Freeman house and the wheezing butler shows them again to the study. Sitting down a man suddenly stands in the doorway of the study…

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Recap #5, 7/13/2012
Back to the Present With New Acquaintances

Visitor Mission Recap for 7/13/12

You are waiting in Kurtis Freeman’s study on the afternoon of Tuesday June 5th, 1860. A stranger appears in the hallway of the house. After a brief introduction (his name is Professor Summerfield) and being mistaken for some of Freeman’shired help, Summerfield lets slip that he was in a mental asylum. He briefly flashes the codex from the Honduras dig and Grace and Julius recognize the symbols scribed in the document as similar to the ones inscribed on the backs of the pillars on the Caribbean Queen. Summerfield mentions an exchange that occurred in the Caribbean Queen before the explosion between Jefferson Walby and O’Bannon. O’Bannon asks him about how efforts go to put out “a certain fire”, that the Adherents are as “happy as pigs in shit” (beg pardon to the womenfolk!). O’Bannon goes on to mention that if they (the Adherents) knew about them (O’Bannon and Walby) it wouldn’t matter. Summerfield mentions that he was also in Florida briefly. Everyone becomes very interested in Freeman’s Library when a ripple of light washes over everyone and the wheezy butler lunges in at Julius from the darkened hallway. The butler appears to have a dark, ashy material over his nose and his mouth. After a brief chase through the house, a short melee in the garage (the butler seemed oddly resistant to physical damage, a cavalry saber merely scratches him!), the party flees into the night. The cracking of rifles and the thuds of musket balls finally bring the butler down. The riflemen are part of a group led by Roger Meade. Meade is the same man who lost the election in 1860 (he remarks that was about 4 years ago, likely placing the party in 1864). Tremont has been hijacked by Kurtis Freeman and his cult. Freemanis suspected of consorting in the dark arts. Meade and his men have come back to Tremont to kill Freemanand end his reign of evil. Strange dealings, disappearances of children and other dark tidings have steeled the men to do whatever is necessary to put an end to Freeman’speople. Figuring the safest place was to stick with Meade, they all set off to the coal mine.

Monday, August 22nd, 1921
Jeffery Weigand, police inspector, awakens from his slumber by a knock at the door. A uniformed police officer, Richard Debbins, has been sent to fetch and drive him to the dock. With a sleepy murmur from his slumbering wife and a quick change of clothes, Weigand and Debbins are on their way to the dock. Debbins doesn’t know much about what is going on, but that there was an explosion on a boat and that it may have been a speakeasy. Arriving at the docks, Weigand swaps a nip of liquor with Dr. Jasinski , a budding forensic pathologist. Dr. Jasinski has been down in the boat and it is not pretty. A brief and pointed exchange occurs with an Inspector Beuleau, a conniving ladder-climber that masquerades as a police inspector. (“Get me some coffee,” Weigand calmly tells him, leaving Beauleau slightly miffed, tossing his cigarette into the water and, with a small hiss, extinguishes.) Inside the boat there are more cops hit hard by the scene behind the curtain. Stepping into the boat’s interior Weigand sees a column of bodies fused together. Dr. Jasinski informs Weigand that the bodies appeared to have been burned after whatever caused them to fuse together. Sigils are found inlaid in a silver metal on the backs of the large, decorative columns. Upon the back of one column there is a sigil that has been scratched out but then carved in carefully below it. The rest of the day is consumed by removing the bodies piecemeal and keeping the crime scene out of the newspapers. The bodies are removed later that night under cover of darkness bound for the morgue for Dr. Jasinski to examine them in more detail. Casing of the shores revealed a few trucks unloading the contents of a motorboat. The truck tires left good impressions in the wet earth and plaster impressions were taken.

Tremont, Indiana, 1864

Heading with Meade’s men down to the mine, Grace and Julius ask Meade some questions about what happened in the interim. Darby, the man who owned the inn that you were staying at (seemingly earlier in the day but now 4 years back) was an informant for Meade and kept him informed of the news in town. His daughter disappeared and after that his wife left him. Darby himself disappeared without a trace a few months back. The men pause in the woods to investigate a mewling noise up ahead. A sudden screech and a rifle shot follow. The men found a skinned dear. When the dear jumps up and begins screaming in pain one of the men, mercifully, shoots it dead with a rifle. The deer drips a dark brown, foul smelling ichor. Onward to the mine, Meade’s men join up with another group led by a man named Dickens, who brought the dynamite. Dickins says that another man named Roger went into the mine and a rifle shot was heard and Roger has not been seen since. Making preparations for collapsing the mine entrance the men raise the alarm when Roger emerges from the tunnel, his hand on a small boy’s shoulders. He tells the men gathered there at the mine entrance that he saw Allaina down in the mine and he is not coming back out again. The boy tells Meade’s men that Mr. Freeman is a good man and that they should all be left alone. Returning to the bowels of the mine, a brief disagreement arises among Meade’s men about blowing up a mine with children in it. Grace steps in and tells the man raising the objection that they are all lost already. Meade lights the dynamite and rolls the barrel down the tunnel into the mine. A dull explosion indicates that the dynamite detonated and the mine entrance likely collapsed. Additional explosions begin occurring indicating, in all likelihood, a coal mine fire has been touched off by the dynamite. Heading back for the horses to make a quick getaway, an explosion occurs near our party and everyone is thrown for a loop. Grace and Julius awake to find themselves loaded back onto the truck they were trying to escape from.

Wednesday, September 7th, 1921

They then wake up in the sunshine, the kind face of Dr. Weiss, one of the men sitting at the table with the other men (Tony McGinnis, Robert Wiedman, Walker Hollingsworth, and Ricky Vanderhorn). Walker Hollingsworth comes over and wishes Grace a good day and says that she brought a bit of sunshine into the men’s club and he hoped she made a quick recovery. Vanderhorn escorts them out to their car.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1921
Weigand receives a telegram from Indiana concerning a shooting homicide involving trucks. The inspector Higgins in La Porte picked up a notice about the Caribbean Queen explosion and dropped the telegram on the off chance they were connected. Driving out to the crime scene (just NE of Tremont, Indiana on state road 295), it is investigated in two parts. The first part is a car riddled with bullet holes and a splatter of blood on the right rear side of the car (on the outside). The registration is for a man named Jacob Meaney. A footprint leading off the road indicates that someone likely made a getaway. The next part of the crime scene is up the road about ¼ mile. Clues from this part of the crime scene are as follows:
1) The body of Dierdre Rayburn, shot through the chest. Dragged into the ditch on the south side of the road.
2) The body of Ortensio Delluci, a bullet caught him in the left calf and also blew away the lower half of his face. Dragged into the ditch on the South side of the road.
3) The body of an unidentified man (an Adherent), burnt to a crisp (almost bones) and shriveled up into a fetal position. There are no burn marks on the ground around him.
4) Two pools of blood, one on the North rise, another on the South rise. There are bullet casings in these areas as well.
5) A pool of blood in the middle of the road.
6) Truck tire imprints; match the tires down by the shore in Chicago.
I will have a more detailed map of the crime scene for you before our next session, hopefully!

Wednesday, September 7th, 1921
Heading back to the University of Chicago, Julius and Grace look for Professor Summerfield. Leaving a note for him, an acquaintance informs them that he was having some “health problems” and was being held in Dunning Mental Asylum. He had come to the asylum approximately 11 days ago (August 28th) wandering the streets of Chicago. Once he was taken to the Asylum he was in a vegetative state. Momentarily digging for information on Tremont at the Chicago Library, Grace and Julius set out for Dunning. Posing as his niece, they are shown to his room. As if a lightning bolt hits him, Summerfield awakens from his stupor and, famished, consumes large quantities of hospital food.

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Recap #6, 10/12/2012

Saturday, September 10th, 1921
Early in the morning Grace, Julius and Summerfield get on a train bound for Arkham. Julius spots a man who appears to be taking a great interest in them. They wait to see if he gets on the train. Grace sees him on the train but does not approach him. Though they plan to confront him the next time they see him he vanishes for the rest of the trip. Once in Arkham, the three get rooms in the Trendecker Inn. After lounging in a warm tub, Grace comes out to find that someone has been through her things. Summerfield finds a similar ransacking of his room. Nothing is seen to be taken. Julius stays awake late into the evening to keep an eye on everything going on. He hears, just after midnight, of large clumping feet. He looks out into the hallway and finds an extremely large man. Briefly talking to him, the man turns to him and says in a deep, booming voice, “The suns die and we must flee!” Following the man for awhile, Julius finds that he just wanders the streets of Arkham beneath the hissing of the gaslights.

Sunday, September 11th, 1921
The three investigators awaken in the morning and decide to report the odd man who was wandering the halls of the Trendecker Inn and also the very streets of Arkham. Reporting the man to Inspector Gainsborough he tells them that the man was Victor Maitlin, a man who lost his wife a little while ago and has not been a normal man since. The police officer assures them that Victor is not violent and is not a threat. Heading on to the Miskatonic University Library, Summerfield makes fast friends with Elton Bernard, assistant to Dr. Henry Armitage. Heading up to the third floor where the Special Collections are kept, Summerfield begins sifting through the erratic text. Julius and Grace take a short walk and return to find a bomb of some kind having detonated on the ground floor of the library. People are running from the front doors. Upstairs, Mr. Barnard has a young student usher Summerfield out of the library. Once out in front, Julius notices the man from the train with the leather satchels containing Peaslee’s manuscripts. After a brief chase the man pulls a gun and begins shooting. He misses his first shot but is squarely hit by Summerfield, and Grace’s next shot drops him completely. Rushing over to him he exhales the words, “Porta et Clava” (I am the Gate and the Key). Peaslee’s manuscript begins fluttering in the breeze and Summerfield orders the students milling about to begin gathering the papers. Summerfield, also helping to gather up the irreplaceable pages, finds one that draws his attention to it. It describes another world with creatures Great and terrifying. They call themselves the Yith. The page stuns Summerfield and he falls unconscious as the words bore into his brain. Julius searches the man and sees a chain tattoo that disappears in a flash of burned flesh. Grace (reeling from the knowledge that she has just killed a man), Summerfield (awake but seemingly comatose), and Julius all are taken to theInfirmary where they are treated by Dr. Cross and his medicinal scotch. Recovering their wits slightly, Julius and Grace return to the Inn where they take succor in each other’s company. Summerfield heads over to the Archaeology department and begins digging for any remaining information concerning the Lassiter Expedition. He finds an empty file sleeve that directs all inquiries to Dr. E.G. Weiss, Consultant for Chicago University, Department of Psychology. Everyone fades to uneasy sleep.

Monday, September 12th, 1921
The investigators get out of Arkham the first chance they can get. Julius pulls away from Grace. They arrive back to the bustle of Chicago late this night. A note from Vincent Prieto awaits Summerfield at his residence saying that he has something in for him.

Tuesday, September 13th, 1921
Summerfield and Julius go to visit Prieto while Grace goes in to work some. Grace finds the Dandy Lion eerily empty and searches through the entire building. Going back up front a thick gray fog pours through the door like gel. Reaching out to close the door a cold, dead hand shoots out of the fog and grabs her wrist. Grace awakens in her bed, obviously shaken. Summerfield and Julius go to Prieto’s bookstore and finds the place similarly empty. Spotting a rare book on the counter Summerfield opens it to find that all the pages are blank. A spot of blood spreads out into a pool of blood that pours over the edges of the book and counter. The blood boils up out of the book and a skeletal body with dripping strips of putrescent flesh clinging to it. It screams horribly and Julius and Summerfield wake up in their beds. Everyone, shaken again, head over to see Prieto again (it is later in the morning). They find the bookstore empty but find a horribly burned body behind the counter. Strangely, nothing else around the body is burned, not even the clothes. The body is obviously Mr. Prieto. A copy of the Cultes de Goules translated into English that Prieto found for Professor Summerfield. Additionally, a handwritten note of Prieto’s comments thst he may have found a copy of the Codex of Assad Agassi being sold by a German nobleman Klaus von Hangristan. Reeling from so much death, the players decide to summon Inspector Wiegand.

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The Fall of Grace
Where a mad librarian is consulted and Grace is pitched over the precipice into madness.

Visitor Recap for 10/25/12

Tuesday, September 13th, 1921

Still early in the morning, the players are huddled around the body of who they assume to be Vincent Prieto, owner of Prieto’s Rare Books and Finds. They call Inspector Weigand who looks the scene over and calls in his pathologist friend, Dr. Jasinski, to examine the scene. When he arrives, Dr. Jasinski brings him a letter (that had been opened) that was on his desk. It was from an unknown person who wanted to meet at Kathy Gess’s apartment. Gess was one of the people that perished in the explosion on the Caribbean Queen and was an avowed, violent communist. After wrapping up at Prieto’s, Weigand releases Grace and Julius who head over to the Dandy Lion to make sure everyone there is doing okay. After being reassured that everything is normal, Julius heads to school. Grace heads home and climbs into bed, pulling the sheets over her head. During a break in his classes, Julius heads down to the Hall of Public Records and looks into Clay Rampton. He finds a few facts about him, including an address, 3991 Union Ave, just one block south of the Stockyards. He was born in 1874 and his mother, Amber, was killed by a serial killer by the name of Janek Kucharski, a serial killer in 1886 when Clay was 12. He enrolled in St. Vincent’s Seminary in 1896 but left in 1898. He was arrested and served 2 weeks in jail for creating a public disturbance in 1911. He was arrested for assault in 1917 and was institutionalized at the Arkham Sanitorium for approximately one year. Weigand and Julius link up and head over to Clay Rampton’s apartment. It is difficult to find the right apartment but after a small bribe, they arrive at the door. Heading in to Rampton’s disheveled apartment they find bookshelves filled with handwritten journals. A toothless vagrant, later found to be “Toothless Tom” (he loses one of his few remaining teeth in the scuffle between Weigand and Julius) jumps out of a pile of furniture in the corner of the room and is beaten into submission. Tom is, apparently, the archiver for Rampton who had been traveling all over the world in search of “The Truth”. Though obviously insane and a drunk, Tom has some grasp on where things are located in the immense handwritten library of Clay Rampton. He recovers a page about The Adherents which he plucks from a notebook.

The page describes in rambling, almost incoherent prose, about the men he suspects of leading the Adherents. In his note he mentions several things: he things Walker Hollingsworth, Tony McGinnis or Dr. Eugene Weiss is the leader of the Adherents; he mentions something called the Academy; there are a lot of nursing staff to care for Lionel at the Wiedman place; the Hollingsworth Foundation helps train nurses too; he saw “stars” in the eyes of Kucharski, the man who killed his mother; something called an Adenour Imprinter that hears screams around the Wiedman place; that McGinnis and Weiss were orphans raised by the Foundation; admission documents were changed for Hollingsworth at New York University and for Wiedman (likely he refers to Lionel) at the University of Chicago in 1868.

Julius asked for information on O’Bannon from Toothless Tom. Tom said it would take him some time and that he needed more brew. There are two notes of interest seen on the desk amidst a large number of train and boat tickets. The first was a quick scrawl saying, “Cecelia Walters, room 708, Blackstone Hotel.” The other note, slightly more cryptic, is a note that says, “Walby fits in here somewhere given his interest in Tremont. Who is the burnt man he goes so often to visit?” Tom confirms that Cecelia Walters and Clay Rampton were “close”, as in having an affair. Tom mutters a reference to the burning man out in some glittering lake place. Weigand remembers there is a Shimmering Lakes Home for the Infirm North of Chicago. Tom also mentions that Rampton was going to meet a man named McQuaid at the Caribbean Queen the night of August 21st.

Grace hears a knock at the door and gets out of bed to go and answer it.

Julius heads home after Rampton’s apartment and Weigand meets with the unknown writer of the note after having made arrangements with his police chief who forbids Weigand from dying. At Gess’s apartment there is a large amount of communist propaganda (poorly bound books, pamphlets, flyers, etc.). Upon the wall is a man’s portrait, the name on the frame is Joseph Dejacque. Photographs of the Queen and people associated with it, including Vera Channing, are plastered up all over the wall. There is a picture of a beach house there. A man across the street flashes his flashlight into the window and signals for Weigand to come over. Arriving, the man had found a way across to the roof the next building over. He tells him (amidst frequent denigrations of capitalism and the American way of life) that Vera has a tattoo chain on her thigh and that she spoke sadly about her husband not being able to go to a party at their beach house once.

Wednesday, September 14th, 1921

Julius awakens to the sound of the phone ringing in his living room. Entering his living room he is shaken to see his father sitting there, stroking Charles calmly. In a very curt, aggressive manner, John Coffin tells Julius that he is not to see Grace Perry any more. He is not to seek any more information about her. He tells Julius that he is aware of his lack of attendance and that John Linderman, the family lawyer, told him that he had been taken to the police department and released but that he had been with Grace Perry. After a brief and heroic attempt to defend Grace’s honor, John Coffin leaves. Julius calls back Inspector Weigand and asks him to check in on Grace. They agree to meet for lunch afterward. Weigand goes to Grace’s apartment and finds moving men emptying out the apartment. The lease in in John Linderman’s name. Grace apparently had a psychotic breakdown and was committed by Dr. Eugene Weiss. Calls to Linderman were unhelpful.

Not knowing exactly where Grace is located, Julius and Weigand set out to follow up on the address to the Blackstone Hotel where the Walters’ were hiding after they abandoned their previous apartment after Ricky Vanderhorn (the man with the white scarf) shot at them. Entering the room there is a strange hum. Weigand investigates and it appears to be coming from the center of the room. The room itself looks neat and tidy, as if people were just arriving or ready to leave. The hum crescendos and Weigand and Julius see a vision of ghostly figures who apparently are Albert and Cecelia Walters:

Albert: “I just don’t understand, Cecelia, please just talk to me.”
Cecelia: “Oh Albert, I do pity you. The whole reason I married you was so I wouldn’t have to talk to you. And children. Although you have failed at that too, haven’t you?”
Albert: “But there was a man in our apartment who was shooting at us! I think I need to put my foot down about this and…”
Cecelia: “Oh Albert, you are cute when you are mad. I may be out all night. Don’t wait up. And please don’t call anyone as we are in hiding, remember?”

He rises to stop her but halts. She sets something down behind the credenza under the window and then walks through Weigand as she exits the room. Albert, sitting on the bed, suddenly and violently begins pummeling the pillow next to him. Something begins glowing on the credenza by the window and Albert stands up and moves toward it. It is a glowing white statue of a bird and Walter asks if there is someone there. Suddenly he clenches every muscle in his body, his hands turning into talons. As Julius approaches him, Albert whirls around, his eyes shining bright white and a voice of infinite evil pours forth from his mouth, “I see you, shells through the veil of time you come seeking answers. One of us is lost to our sight and we will peel back the layers of your precious world until we find us. I am Tarim Naz’gut and I am here to pronounce your doom!”

They wake up, slightly stunned in the hotel room. They retrieve the journal of Cecelia Walters and leave quickly.

Speaking with Dr. Eugene Weiss, Weigand gets a transcript of all the drugs given to Grace. Dr. Jasinski says they are all sedatives and should not cause psychosis. Weiss says that Grace has been committed to Durning Mental Asylum in Durning. Traveling south, they go to visit her and meet Dr. Franklin, her doctor there. He gives updated medical notes to Weigand. Grace is in a drug-induced coma and, as Julius approaches her and mentions the purple flame (Dr. Franklin mentioned that she was talking about a purple flame), she starts screaming, “THEY ARE LEAVING US HERE TO DIE! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE! WE’VE KILLED EVERYONE!” As they leave the room, Grace’s tortured scream repeats, “WE’VE KILLED EVERYONE! WE’VE KILLED EVERYONE!”

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A Journal and The Burnt Man
Where the journal of a madwoman is read and a mute burn victim is questioned.

Mission Recap for last time

Wednesday September 14th,
Just after visiting Grace, Julius heads back to Chicago and begins going through Cecelia Walter’s Journal. He finds several entries that are interesting:

1) Cecelia mentions that her mother was likely taken over by a creature known as Ashari’Vok (likely a member of this so-called “Great Race of Yith”) and that when her mother came back from this experience she was never the same. She is concerned about Mr. Walker Hollingsworth
2) Her brother, Henry Taggart, was also taken by the same intelligence but disappears a few months later and is never heard from again.
3) She has stolen something called the Antenna. Ricky (you assume Ricky Vanderhorn) discovered this and confronted them in their apartment. A firefight ensued and Cecelia Walters and Albert Walters both fled, living at the Blackstone Hotel.
4) She knew Clay Rampton and apparently was having an affair with him. Cecelia also knew Neva, another person who died in the explosion aboard the Caribbean Queen.
5) On August 1st, 1921, Cecelia returned home and found Albert profoundly changed after the Antenna “awoke” and showed him great mysteries. She was jealous that he was chosen and she was not.
6) Cecelia mentions that Albert is different from the other members of her family who were “taken”. She mentions his behavior became very strange, including her mentioning Albert stopping by the Speakeasy and “re-trapping the columns”. He quoted something very strange, “The tendrils of our Great Masters are long indeed, penetrating through the corners of time and space that drive the brightest, fledgling minds of our world to madness. So many strings the Great Race of Yith perceive that it sometimes happens one Master puppeteer knows not what the other puppeteer is doing. So we shall be the end of all. It is Tarum Naz’gut’s desire made form.”
7) The final entry, from August 21st, shows an almost manic Cecelia babbling. Hoping that answers would be coming soon.

Weigand begins looking into property holdings that are held by Vera Channing and the Monaghan family. Grace is set to be lobotomized on September 17th.

Thursday September 15th,
Summerfield calls Weiss for an appointment to speak about Grace. Weigand talks to Roger, his brother who is a compulsive gambler and an alcoholic. He phones the Michigan Hall of Records for any additional property inquiries for the Channing Family. He feels that the clerk there blows him off. The police bring in Vanderhorn for questioning in the shooting that occurred at the Walters’ apartment.

Friday, September 16th,
Summerfield is shooed from Weiss’s office. Everyone goes to visit Lukas Neudorf out at Shimmering Lakes Home for the Infirm. Neudorf is severely burnt and cannot speak, but raps once for no, twice for yes. Neudorf says that he did not know Jefferson Walby was going to die, and Walby didn’t know either. He says he is unaware of any connection between the Lassiter expedition and the Ignotus. He says that the Kingdom Cove Country Club is the headquarters of the Adherents. He says that the Ignotus know how to burn a man without burning the clothes. They use it as a form of execution. He taps out, “Bring the Blackbird”, and says that Julius burned him. He tells you that the Blackbird is the antenna spoken of in Cecelia Walter’s journal.

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Stranded in Tremont
Where the investigators set out to retrieve a dark tome from the mansion of Kurtis Freeman.

Visitor Mission Recap for 12/13/12

Friday, September 16th, 1921

Having an afternoon free prior to heading out to Tremont to retrieve the Codex of Assad Agassi, Julius contacts the lawyer he had placed on retainer in an effort to get Grace transferred to a nicer mental institution. Christopher Dunn, the lawyers in question, replies that there will likely be nothing he can do until after her “procedure” (the lobotomy). Summerfield spends the afternoon in dark places reading even darker text taking a break to put in a phone call to Eva Jackson a librarian and one-time assistant to Professor Armstrong translating and validating Latin texts. Eva agrees to journey with the investigators to Tremont to validate the text. The Codex of Assad Agassi is only written in Latin and there are a large number of forgeries (so many, in fact, that it is widely thought to not truly exist). Weigand spends the day with his wife and daughter, tying up some things at work.

Saturday, September 17th, 1921
Starting out slightly late at 10am, the investigators drive to Tremont. Heading straight to the mansion Weigand begins cutting into the safe (it is slow going). Julius explores the rest of the house finding many rooms with interesting (and some disconcerting) items. He finds a foul-smellng talisman in one room filled with maggots. He finds a room with literally thousands of suspended glass orbs that tinkle maddeningly as the breeze wafts through them. Eva is most affected by the noise. While exploring the house at approximately 1:45pm both Julius and Summerfield both have a piercing, stabbing pain into their heads. Julius finds a mechanic’s pit in the garage that has a secret passage that leads down into a small office room. It also has a tunnel that heads approximately Northeast from the house. Following it down a ways, it begins to get extremely hot but just before turning back he finds odd pictographs that Summerfield recognizes from the Cultes Des Goules. He things they are a degenerate form of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Finally cutting through the safe, Weigand reaches in to retrieve the book and feels a click as he lifts and a bit of tension as if the book is held down by something. Removing the rest of the paneling under the safe Weigand finds a wire that goes down through the floor. Finally, after much debate, they cut the wire and remove the book. Eva, looking at the book, realizes that she will likely need her library at home. Outside it has begun raining and a n eerie mist has arisen near the ground where the heat of the underground fire causes the water to evaporate. A sound of rending metal draws Julius and Weigand outside. Julius, examining the car, sees that the rear axle has been severely damaged, as if something ripped through it. Hearing a noise behind him he turns and feels a prick on his right ankle. Both Julius and Weigand see a small trail of flame. They follow it and find that it dives into a hole approximately the size of a man’s head. Julius shines his light down the hole and sees something terrifying, something that looked like an eyeless worm with a great, slavering maw. In a panic, Julius pulls out his .45 automatic and fires the entire magazine into the hole. Weigand, calmly examining the scene afterward, shoots his shotgun down the hole as well just to be sure.

Not wanting to spend the night in the slightly disconcerting town of Tremont, the group splits up with Julius and Weigand heading to the Diner in town in the hopes of finding a way to communicate with the outside world. They find the town apparently empty. The diner is also closed with no one there. Feeling that they need to get ahold of someone the two men break into the diner and use the phone to call the inspector (Inspector Michael Higgons) at La Pont, Indiana who happily dispatches a police unit to pick up our stranded investigators. Weigand also calls his chief back in Chicago telling him he is likely not back until Monday. The two head back to the Freeman Mansion and find that Eva and Summerfield have found someone else in the house…

While Julius and Weigand are out at the diner, Eva and Summerfield spot a very attractive (and very disheveled) woman who looks exactly like Natalie Vasilyeva, the attractive secretary to Kurtis Freeman back in 1864 (this would make her approximately 90 years old, which she is obviously not). The woman has oddly childish behavior, and says that her real name is Marla, and that her father was Martin. She tells Eva some history of her town, and that there was a French man who “saved the town”, but refuses to tell her the name until they play hide and seek with her. She runs down and hides in the garage. Disconcerted, Eva and Summerfield wait until the others come back to “find” Marla. Tracking her down in the mechanic’s pit in the garage, Marla tells them the man’s name was Lareau. Talking to her about the book and the wire, Marla tells them the wire is there to prevent people from stealing the book. When they ask her what happens to people who steal the book she replies that they are punished.

Since the swelling on Julius’ right ankle is getting worse, Summerfield decides to lance the leg. A combination of serum and hemolyzed blood stain the material slightly brown. They bind Julius’ leg and settle in until they can be rescued. Meanwhile, the sun begins setting on Tremont, leaving our investigators in darkness.

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Weigand's Introduction
Inspector Weigand Becomes Entangled in the Story

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1921
Weigand gets in early and heads over to the morgue where Dr. Jasinski has been working all night on the autopsies of the bodies recovered from the ship. Because the bodies had to be moved in sections, the good doctor has them divided up into “blocks”. He tells Weigand that there were a total of 21 bodies recovered from the ship, but that the grand total weight of all the bodies recovered from the ship made the average weight per body approximately 80 pounds, well below what it should be. He also shows Weigand a cluster of all the metal objects pulled to the center of the mass of bodies (watches, glasses, rings, jewelry, fillings from teeth, etc.). There is, obviously, no evidence of an explosion. Jasinski thinks it is almost the opposite.

Heading into the police station, Jasinski has a few updates for him on his desk. The tires on the trucks at the crime scene in Indiana just outside Tremont are an exact match. The burnt body at the crime scene was doused with a mixture of vinegar and sarsaparilla, an ingredient in root beer. The Caribbean Queen is owned by McAllister Shipping Co. The owner is a man named Walter Jacob. The name on the registration in the car that Julius, Smith, and Grace all made their getaway in, Jacob Meany has an apartment in Chicago. Weigand decides to start there.

Mr. Meany’s apartment is a studio affair with a single room. The walls are plastered with boxing posters, some of them featuring Jacob Meany. A single picture on the wall shows Meany in front of a wood cabin standing next to an older man. Officer Debbins, investigating the scene with Weigand, accidentally knocks the picture off the wall and sees a small snippet written on the back of the picture, “Tom Wilson, Marigold, Indiana”. A book lies open to page 10 on the dining room table. The first ten pages appear to have been read over and over again while the rest of the book’s pages appear crisp. The book is entitled, “The Idea of Success” by Sebastian Dufrane.

Wednesday, August 24th, 1921
Paper pushing and updating charts.

Thursday, August 25th, 191
Weigand’s daughter wakes up early with a cough. His wife assures him that all is well and she will call if they need anything. Weigand gets into the office and, again, updates on the case await him. Dennis Buckwalter, a bartender who was scheduled to work the night of the explosion but called in sick, has been picked up for questioning by the police. Weigand enters the interrogation room and expertly picks out truths from lies, beginning by giving Buckwalter a cup of coffee. Buckwalter reports that Wylie O’Bannon and Vera Channing (“there’s something wrong with that woman”) were there regularly, but then amends that statement by saying that O’Bannon ran the place. He confides that Alan Waybright, one of the contractors who converted the ship to a speakeasy, was a good friend. Weigand gets the impression that Buckwalter is holding out on something, but Buckwalter digs his heels in and refuses to say. The rest of the day is consumed by paperwork.

Friday, August 26th, 1921
Weigand sets up an afternoon appointment with the Monaghan family, of which Vera is the older daughter and O’Bannon is thought to be a hitman. They pull up in front of the opulent house and are greeted by an armed guard by the name of Wallace McGillan. Shown in, they are brought in to meet Terence Monaghan who is working on putting together a radio from a kit. He does not have much to say, aside from saying that the explosion was not caused by a still exploding. He thinks someone is trying to muscle in on his territory. Talking with O’Bannon and Vera, they are all rather tight lipped, but Weigand doesn’t press them as the Monaghan family is very well connected downtown. O’Bannon says he was around the place. Vera mentions that she saw a “mousy little lady named Grace” on the top deck when she went up for a cigarette.

Saturday, August 27th, 1921
Weigand’s daughter is worse, it might be pneumonia. He takes off work to be with his wife and his daughter at the hospital. She has a speedy recovery and released on Sunday evening.

Monday, August 29th,
The trucks that were used in the getaway from the shoreline in Chicago and were also involved in the shooting on the road just outside Tremont are found. Weigand investigates the truck and finds the inside of the trucks have been covered with the same runes that appeared to be on the backs of the columns at the Caribbean Queen. Additionally, he finds a pile of vomit at the back of the truck that glows a pale blue color. Checking under the truck there are the remnants of some leather straps that apparently were used to hold something underneath.

Tuesday, August 30th,
An odd man named Professor William Smith enters the police station and demands to see the case files on the Caribbean Queen. Weigand politely and firmly tells him “no”, and then has him followed.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are uneventful.

Saturday, September 3rd,
Weigand is awoken by a phone call from the police station from Dr. Jasinski saying that there something he needs to show him at the boat. Weigand and Debbins pick him up at the morgue (he falls asleep on the drive out to the docks). As they pull up they see a man skulking around the ship. Investigating further, Weigand and Debbins enter into a gunfight with the intruder. Debbins is shot and Weigand attempts to subdue the man as he is climbing over the far side of the boat to escape. The man is knocked unconscious when he hits his head on the side of the boat. He is unable to be awakened but is taken to the hospital in police custody. From here on out, the police post another policeman who observes the scene from afar and is instructed to call for backup if anything else occurs.

Monday, September 5th,
Weigand receives a call that there is a man who apparently bribes the guard down at the entrance and enters the boat. He is a very finely dressed gentleman. Instead of engaging, Weigand has him followed.

Tuesday, September 6th,
Weigand is informed that there are two people picked up for causing a disturbance at the Monaghan Estate. One of the police officers following the well-dressed man from the boat says that those are the two people that he has been following. Their names are Grace Perry and Julius Coffin. The captain informs Weigand that he needs to go in and release them without questioning. Weigand enters the interrogation room and apologizes for wasting their time. He also casually asks the man if he was down by the docks yesterday.

Wednesday, September 7th,
Weigand’s Captain informs him that Inspector Beauleau had made some independent inquiries and had found that one of the victims in the explosion at the Queen, Katherine Gess, was an avowed member of the communist party. Not only that, she was affiliated with a violent, revolutionary sect of the communist party. He recommends that Weigand follow up on that lead, implying he would like the case closed.

Thursday, September 8th,
Weigand sees a newspaper article in the morning blaming the explosion on communists. The captain summons Weigand into his office and tells him that the case has been transferred to Inspector Beauleau. Weigand is off the case. Sighing and then deciding to head out for the rest of the day with his family, Weigand gets a last minute tip on a body that was discovered at the University. It is a man named Professor William Smith. He has killed himself by hanging, but no note was found. The office is a mess of papers. Questioning a fellow professor, he finds that Smith spent a lot of time with Julius and Grace.

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