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Author Topic: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs  (Read 2724 times)

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #200 on: April 10, 2019, 12:53:17 AM »
Dr Karparti takes a draw on his thin cigar, before answering.

"Simply zis. When you asked your previous question about ze officers acquiring any peculiar items vile abroad, it vas clear to me zat Mr Norton vas lying about his denial. Ze feigned innocence vas most transparent. Perhaps Mr Norton is at heart an honest man who is troubled by havingk to lie in zis fashion, yes?"

<puff puff>

 "Und zo, I contrived ze premise to elicit a response from him concerning vich of his fellow Buffs may haff been behind ze keeping of ze items. A simple ruse, Professor."

<puff puff puff>

"Unt, indeed Mr Norton reflexively offered up ze name of his superior, Major Gower."
« Last Edit: April 10, 2019, 12:57:55 AM by Usdrothek »
Look at me still talking when there's Science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me glad I'm not you.
I've experiments to run, there is research to be done
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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #201 on: April 10, 2019, 02:16:38 AM »
Curruthers finishes any tidying after the luncheon.


"Shall you be needing me to arrange transport to Soho for this afternoon Sir? For what time?"


to the reticent Sir Reginald


"Will you be accompanying the master and Professor Braithwaite?"

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #202 on: April 11, 2019, 04:54:49 AM »
Dr Karparti takes a draw on his thin cigar, before answering. ...

The professor smiled. "Very cunning Doctor Kárpáti."
He then made ready to depart.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #203 on: April 11, 2019, 10:33:17 AM »
A growler is summoned by the ever attentive Carruthers and the gentlemen all make the journey to the Charing Cross. To their dismay however, when they alight outside the bookseller’s shop, they find it closed for the day, with no sign at all of the proprietor, Mr Alan Paice.

It is now half past three in the afternoon. The clouds have rolled in and a light snow begins to fall.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #204 on: April 13, 2019, 01:26:38 AM »
Professor Braithwaite adjusted his long woolen coat and scarf against the cold. "Perhaps inquiring at the adjacent businesses may provide some useful information. When Mr Paice was last seen, for example."

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #205 on: April 15, 2019, 12:25:15 AM »
Curruthers addresses Dr Kaparti.

"Excuse me a moment sir."


And crosses over to the opposite corner of the street.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #206 on: April 16, 2019, 01:43:06 AM »
Dr K Nods and leans on his cane before taking a few steps up to the shop window to peer inside the establishment.
Look at me still talking when there's Science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me glad I'm not you.
I've experiments to run, there is research to be done
.....................on the people who are still alive.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #207 on: April 16, 2019, 07:49:53 AM »
The blinds at the window are drawn -- unsurprisingly, as the shop appears to be closed for the day. By chance there is a narrow gap through which Dr Kárpáti can see some of the darkened contents of the room beyond, all apparently in order.

Across the road, Carruthers can be seen talking to a paper boy. The valet produces a penny and buys an issue of the Daily News.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #208 on: April 17, 2019, 01:19:30 AM »
Curruthers rejoins the party.


"Newpaper?" Curruthers offers the rag to the group



"According to the lad,  Mr. Paice shut up shop around midday as he typically does on a Saturday."


If no takers for the paper he will scan the headlines for any article even remotely pertaining to murders, disappearances or any strange goings on.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #209 on: April 17, 2019, 05:23:46 AM »
The valet finds nothing out of the ordinary in the paper. It's business as usual in London Town.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #210 on: April 18, 2019, 01:22:50 AM »
Curruthers, finished with the paper, looks up to see what the gentlemen intend to do next. And offers in  his usual phlegmatic way-


"As Mr Paice has shut up for the weekend might I suggest a return visit Monday morning when the shop is open?"


Curruthers contemplates how bold he should be in trying to assist the gentlemen in their aims without seeming impertinent


"If you have no further business here may I also suggest the following"


Curruthers pulls his coat tighter against the bitter cold

"It has been 24 hours since you left message with Captain Lascelles regarding an audience with Major Gower . The Army and Navy Club is likely to be one of the few places to be open at this hour on a Saturday and is less than a mile from here. Might I suggest revisiting the the club to follow up on your wish to see the major. And who knows, if this Mr Paice and the one Mr. Norton referred to are one and the same he may very well be there at this moment.

Furthermore, even if the ex-soldiers are still not to be found at the club it may be an opportunity to find out  from someone else, specifically what location the regiment was stationed in Egypt, since Mr Norton was not forthcoming when asked at lunch".


Curruthers typically composed demeanor gives the slightest hint of a shiver

" At the very least, a visit to the club will be a respite from the cold."
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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #211 on: April 19, 2019, 01:32:10 AM »
"An excellent idea Curruthers! Normally I would suggest walking the relatively short distance, but I am sure Dr. Doctor Kárpáti would prefer a cab. Would you be so kind as to arrange one." said the professor.

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #212 on: Yesterday at 02:06:51 AM »
Curruthers looks to his master, knowing even with his gammy leg he is not averse to a relatively short walk if the pace permits.
"Sir?"
Curruthers continues, riding his luck presuming to advise his "betters"

"It is a pity no one is a member of the club able to enter in their own right. We must rely on the Major's good will to invite you in as guests to engage in conversation. Based on Mr Norton's reluctance to give details of their time in Egypt I suspect Major Gower or this Paice, if they are there, will not be forthcoming either.
To that end you must devise a good ploy to make him want to talk to you and finesse the information you desire.  Perhaps a scholar such as you professor Braithwaite or an ex-military man such as yourself Sir Reginald can couch your interest in the Buff''s movements in Egypt in seemingly innocuous terms, such as you are researching for a treatise on the subject. Alternatively, should neither be there or be willing to talk to you, perhaps another person who has served with the Buffs during their time in Egypt but unrelated to this intrigue can be found to at least provide information on the regiment movement in general, albeit not the specific exploits of Hollingsworth, Gower, Crouch, Paice, Summers, Sangster and Norton. If a specific location in Egypt can be identified, perhaps that may provide another avenue of investigation"


"Please stop me if I am overstepping my station."

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Re: NotJ - Chapter 2 - The Buffs
« Reply #213 on: Yesterday at 02:29:26 PM »
The gentlemen and the valet make their way to the Army and Club as proposed, wherein Captain Lascelles looks down his long nose at them in the manner of military men dealing with those who have not served, and informs the party that the Major was indeed in earlier, but has left for the afternoon. However, he did receive Professor Braithwaite’s card from yesternight and said he would be pleased to receive him and his companions at 9 o’clock tonight, here at the Club. 
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« Reply #214 on: Today at 03:37:40 AM »
Curruthers presumes to act on behalf of what he understands the interest of the group.

"Thank you Captain Lascelles. Might one also inquire if one Lieutenant Paice is also a member here  and if so is he in at the moment? The gentlemen would be most keen to meet him also."

 

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