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Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your water iced.
By Jayne Barnard
A Guess-the-Murderer Mystery in Two Acts
Act I: The Headlines Thicken
The Foghorn Afloat
July 29, 1898
ROMANTIC AIRSHIP-BOARD WEDDING
Photo: Sir Ambrose Peacock and his beautiful bride
On his recent trip to Egypt, Sir Ambrose Peacock lost an uncle but gained a bride.
Meeting her on a stopover in Venice, the English knight lost no time in winning the fair lady’s hand. They were married aboard an airship en route back to London.
“Lady Peacock knew my uncle in Cairo,” said Sir Ambrose, when the pair disembarked from a small commercial airship at the Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, the closest regular stop to Boddy Manor.
“He spoke of me so frequently and warmly that she fell half in love with me before we ever met. No, he didn’t tell her where he was going.”
|Sir Ambrose’s uncle, Baron von Boddy, was on a quest for a fabled Nubian treasure when his airship was found adrift over the English Channel. |
In response to questions directed at his lovely new wife, Sir Ambrose replied for her. “Yes, I’m sure she will enjoy living in my uncle’s isolated manor in Cornwall. No, I’m sure she won’t find Bodmin Moor in the winter at all uncongenial. I hope my uncle gets declared dead soon so I can sell off a few things.”
As this reporter turned away, Sir Ambrose grasped my sleeve. “I don’t suppose you could lend me a fiver? My wife and I have excess baggage charges and the airship won’t unload our trunks until we pay
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