|TIME:||Wednesday – June 25, 1879 – 08:00 AM|
|LOCATION:||St. Louis, MO|
Sterling Simms (a.k.a. Jack Johnson)
The murder trial of Lucius Jones and Tobias Rogers was scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 25th. Having time available during the morning, Allen decided to visit Richard Barney. On the way to the St. Louis Railyard, he bumped into Sterling who was on his way to the telegraph office. They chatted briefly, with Allen intentionally not mentioning the meeting with Mr. Barney (he felt Sterling would only cause problems) and with Sterling explaining that he was now known by the name, Jack Johnson, and was staying at the Freemantle Hotel.
When Allen arrived at the offices of the Kansas City & Little Rock Rail, he was quickly shown in to see Mr. Barney by his secretary. Mr. Barney explained that through various circles, he had heard about how Allen and his associates had defeated the Burning Man, and he would like to hire the group. However, he would require the group’s discretion with the matter. Apparently, over the past week, several railyard night watchmen had been found the next morning dead, their bodies withered and dried into mere husks. So far, Mr. Barney had managed to keep the deaths quiet, but he needed the killings to stop… and soon! After a bit of negotiation, Mr. Barney agreed to pay the posse $250 to stop the killings. Officially, they would be night watchmen for the railyard and would start on Thursday night, June 26th.
In the meantime, Sterling sent a telegram to his patron which read:
|MASTERED AERS MACHINE. NOW MASTERED AETHERIC PLANE. FIRE PEOPLE AFTER ME. RED LADY LOOKING FOR ME. HAVE CHANGED HOTEL, NAME, SHAVED MOUSTACHE.|
After the trial, Allen informed the reunited posse that they had been hired by Richard Barney of the Kansas City & Little Rock Rail to discretely look into the deaths of several night watchmen at the railyard. The posse (minus Tobias who wanted nothing to do with Mr. King) then followed Lucius to his new lodgings and then left with him, Joe, and his new friend, Dr. Jonah Westin. (This outing was arranged by offering to buy Joe a free dinner.) The group decided to visit Alexander’s Saloon, a place they had not entered since their first night in St. Louis. They enjoyed their meal and attempted to get Joe drunk, but he was too much of a professional to overly indulge. Sterling did manage to have a private conversation with Jonah, learning of his never-ending debt with Mr. King (i.e., the various expenses for lodging, food, and interest insured that Jonah would never pay back his debt) and how Lucius was in the same situation.
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