In which the party travel to New York…
Session held on 23 September 2014
Whilst taking the relatively short train journey from Arkham to Boston the party decided to revisit what they had so far unearthed about the 1919 Carlyle Expedition. A wise and sage move for as Captain Howard pointed out – the Expedition’s timelines did not quite seem to fit.
Amelia Rivers also recalled some intersting information on the Kikuyu tribe. A tribe attributed for the deaths of the Carlyle party.
Boarding at Boston for the train journey to New York there were, unfortunately, no seperate compartments free so each party member sat apart amongst the crowded cabs. A few hours into the journey Aubrey Murray couldn’t help overhearing a convesation that a group of ‘gentlemen’ were having across the aisle. These sharply dressed yet thuggish looking men were discussing Mayer Lansky, a name unknown, and talk about ‘whacking him‘ also fell upon Murray’s startled ears. Unfortunately his curiosity got the better of him and Murray caught the eye of the main ‘gentleman’, refered to his friends a Gyp Rosetti. Gyp seemed the violent type, a fact Murray soon assertained and attempted to disentangle himself from the growing situation. Colorado Kane, sensing his friend’s predicament, made his way up to Murray and asked him ‘are you packing ?‘ to which Mrray replied ‘ I am but not for this situation’.
After a long, long journey New York finally hove into sight and the panorama of Grand Central Station and the already growing sky-line of sky-scrapers took everybody’s eye.
A nice little history of famous landmarks had been lovingly prepared by the Keeper to be uttered through the ficticious mouth of a cab driver, but he was quickly told to ‘shut the f**k up and get driving‘ by Kane so the wonders of Central Park and the Dakota Appartments were lost in the air. *
It was agreed that the best hotel in town, The Astoria, would make a great base for the party before meeting up with Jackson Elias on the 15th. As Murray was loaded the cost never crossed anyone’s minds although he was seen to go white at one point.
Miss Rivers aquired a pass to The Cotton Club from the cabbie by using her charm and social skills whilst Kans’s valises were thrown to the sidewalk by his disgruntled driver. It was then agreed that some leads should be followed up – Jonah Kensington at Prospero House was Jackson Elias’ publisher, the Telegraph Office was mooted and so was the Archaeological Soceity uptown.
Baptiste and Lowenstein then discussed improbable ways of treating Captain Howard’s bronchial disorder, a by-product of being gassed in the Great War. This unethical practise involved hypnotism, psychotherapy and drugs.
The party then split – a Keeper’s nightmare- Kane to the Archaeological Society and the rest to Prospero House.
Kane learned, after a long long time in the company of a stuttering Prof. Jackobi, that Elias had been here a few days prior and was looking for books on ancient Egypt and The Black Pharoah.
At Prospero House the others learned that Elias had also been here of late and had hurriedly dropped off some research notes. Notes that detailed his movements and mirrored those of the Carlyle Expedition’s. His last set of notes, however, were very unhinged and these Kensington was very reluctant to show the party. After some persuasion and with many promises he relented. The notes were from London and in them Elias rambled about dark things and how he was being followed. Jonah Kensington also supplied two names that Elias had been in contact with whilst in London – Mickey Mahoney editor of The Scoop and Inspector James Barrington of Scotland Yard.
At the Telegraph Office Murray managed to bribe some information from an assistant and found that the telegram received at Arkham had been booked in Jackson Elias’ name and that he had also signed for it. The date and time sent also matched the time and date the Arkham one was received.
Meeting back up for dinner that evening after an exhausting day the party then mused on how to gain an audience with Miss Erica Carlyle…
* Keeper’s note – The Dakota Building was one of the first apartment blocks to be built in New York – so there !