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Readers Letters: A Letter To Christopher Hargreaves

 
 

Master Hargreaves,

Much as I have enjoyed our little bouts in the Fog veiled streets of the Borough, I feel it is about time we stopped dancing around each other and behaved. For one, there are only too many windows one can replace before losing patience. Secondly, events in the Commons have accelerated the return of the Clockwork Project and brought the state of our relationship to a head; I fear I may have to forego the gavottes, the moonlight and roses and make fast with my proposals, so to speak.

Having placed me under scrutiny, and I know you have, you will have learned that I have the resources and the influence to have had you shut down by now and are no doubt questioning my intentions. I wish to make it perfectly clear that I harbour no desire to eradicate nor subjugate you at all. You are an interesting man, Mr Hargreaves with far more potential than your current operation truly allows you; therefore, I would like to offer you an opportunity. Think of it as a merger of sorts or at least, a partnership of convenience.

Very soon this country will go to war with itself; it will pitch rich against poor, clock against man, masters against servants and republicans against The Crown. In such chaos, as I’m sure you are aware, conditions are ripe for profit but they are also ripe for so much more. In these troubling times why victimize the forgotten of Whitechapel at all when more promising and lucrative marks lie in Westminster or the Fairfax Industrial Estates? In these troubling times it would be churlish not come to some arrangement.

It is my intention that we declare the East End a mutual protectorate and in exchange my senior Mayhems will guide you to newer and larger avenues of profit. You would also have limited access to The Network and be assisted with the political means to expand your operation further afield, out-with Sanctuary boundaries, of course. This is not an offer I make lightly; however it has become apparent that our respective areas of expertise compliment each other well and I hope that you might wish to participate in Mayhem projects in the future.

It is my pleasure to invite you to take tea with me at the site of our last confrontation. I thought you may appreciate the poetry of forging a treaty on a former battleground. While this is a peaceful business meeting, I would not dream of insisting that all sidearms be left behind: I never leave home without a concealed blade or pistol and would consider it foolish of you not to follow suit.

Should you or your party have any special dietary requirements I would advise you to let Mrs O’Neill at the Red Lion know as soon as possible, she does so hate learning such things at the last minute.

Wednesday afternoon, 4 o’clock for half past. I look forward to meeting you at last.

Mistress E Mayhem

 

Illegality Thrives In Clockwork Underworld

 
 

Illegality thrives in what has been named the "Clockwork Underworld" - one of the No-Go zones in London's East End, according to a special investigation by the London Gazette.

In one area, an unlicensed establishment called The Den dedicates itself to providing services deemed  'alternative and different'. The venue, owned by a known local criminal - Christopher Hargreaves, and one Ella Mayhem, serves up illicit cocktails with Absinthe, while people are entertained by bands and burlesque performers.

Some establishments are known to  provide Clockwork-Only services to automata freed from its basic programming. The First Oasis, set up by a group called the Machine Liberation Front  wants an end to what it calls "Clockwork slavery". Posters claiming that "Clocks Are People" and "Salvation Is Coming" hang on the walls, as a reminder that conflic may not be far away.

While not much is known about the number of Clockworks now operating in the country, the fact that many are "jailbroken" - free from all restrictions, will come as a rallying call to those asking for a public inquiry into Clockwork ownership.

This latest revelation is a result of the dusk till dawn curfew imposed by the government, and the inability of the police to enforce law and order.

 

Police Widen Search For Missing Mother and Child

 
 

The Police have widened their search for a missing mother and her two-year old daughter, from a family estate in Buckinghamshire.

They have started questioning members of the household, and would like to talk to a peers son, who is currently is out of the country on family business. It is believed he could be father of the missing child.

Special teams have continued to search the 20-acre estate, in Beaconsfield, while a second team are at the family house talking to staff. The operation has been hampered by the dusk till dawn curfew imposed as a result of public unrest and the weather.

Around 50 officers are believed to be working on the investigation, which is being coordinated by the Metropolitan Police.

A man arrested last week on suspicion of abduction, was this morning released on police bail.

 

Letter From Abroad: From Mistress to Master

 
 

Sir,

I trust that you are well and hope that your journey with the delegation’s first wave was not too dull nor perilous. Your personal Mayhems have been updating Father and I with regular telegraphs concerning what we can only deduce has become somewhat of a holiday for you.

The Old Boy proclaimed that you should “take less interest in the hot nights, exotic food and dusky maidens and concentrate on generating some bloody capital like the Beer Baron”. He sends his warmest of regards, naturally.

News of the delegation’s success has reached us back home; I must say Father has been less than impressed that you chose to part company with the main party, and head north on a royal charm offensive to the court of.. Padishah... What was his name again? But then I suppose the nature of wares you are inclined to trade are somewhat more esoteric and, some would say, downright immoral.

I can certainly say that if the Foreign Secretary knew you were bartering for land, labour and influence with what I can only refer to as sensitive material, he and the big boys on the Clean Air Committee would be screaming bloody murder. At least the Government and our esteemed former colleagues are too tied up courting the return of The Clockwork Project, licking Ranbir’s

boots and easing civil disquiet to pay much heed. That is, at least, something. You never know, perhaps a round of tit-for-tat will reveal something damning concerning our much lauded engineering messiah.

It may interest you to learn that in the light of home events the Harvest Initiative has been brought forward. The Germans have consented to undertake crucial parts of The Reaper’s build though I have endeavored to keep them in the dark as to what their contract is exactly for.

I had hoped that by now you would have found a suitable textile source - but perhaps I do not understand how business operates on the other side of the world. Or is the weather just too pleasant for business?

One last question before I sign off. I have learned that you are now the proud owner of a five year old bull elephant: what, in the name of all that is good and holy, do you want with an elephant, Uncle?

Fondly

E

 

Trade Delegation Turns Ale To Gold in India

 
 

The unlikely hero of the government's trade delegation to Asia is a small company that produces a British  Ale highly popular in tropics. The drink is made by the Hodgson's Brewery in London.

The popularity of the drink has led to it being nicknamed Indian Pale Ale, because of its pale appearance, and the fact that it was brewed for export to India.

It is hoped that the drink will boost trade between our two countries, as well as bring good fortune to the family owned business at a time when many companies are finding it hard in the current economic climate.

Several months ago, Hodgson's Brewery replaced its human workers with Clockwork labour, hoping that the change woulld benefit the business, but a   downturn in local sales led to speculation that the brewery was having financial difficultes.

George Hodgson, owner of the brewery, was not available for comment, but it is thought this makes him one of the leading exporters in the country.

A convoy of ships heavily laden with Hodgson's IPA is en-route to India, Pakistan, and Singapore, where the trade delegation has had success.