London Gazette

 

Reader’s Letter: My Night With Saccadius

September 23, 1906 ·

Dearest Sasha,

You will never guess who I met last night in town? Saccadius Cartwright, the government scientist who presented the first clock parts back some ten years ago, at the Department for the Advancement of Science’s exposition Tomorrow’s World Today.

I’m afraid Canada has not been kind to him. He seemed to be drinking heavily and was ranting and raving to anyone who would listen about this and that. He seemed most upset about how things are turning out with the clocks, the Clockwork Watch and all that.

He also warned me away from a fellow scientist, a sinister man. I have seen him around before. He wanders the docks looking for ladies of negotiable affection as far as I can tell. The queer thing is that I have seen him go away with several such ladies but I can’t think that I have seen them since.

I think Mr Cartwright was quite right to warn me away from him. Poor man, I wish I had been able to think of something to do for him. He seemed full of melancholy, I don’t think he regrets helping bring clockwork automata to the world but I think his sorrow is tied up with it.

Seeing him had me thinking back to the Tomorrow’s World Today exposition. Did I ever tell you that I was there when a chracter known as the alchemist was arrested? Dragged away by plain clothes police officers he was, to chants of “long live the alchemist” from the crowd.

To this day I know not either what he was arrested for nor why the crowd supported him and I have not heard his name since. I wonder whatever became of him? Perhaps he was packed of to Canada also and was not lucky enough to be allowed to return like Mr Cartwright.

Another Rumour doing the rounds, and you will think this either quite scandalous or quite ludicrous, is that Her Majesty, our beloved and esteemed Queen Victoria, is no longer on the throne. That she has been replaced by an automata in her likelness. Can you imagine such a thing?

I could not at first countenance it, but on consideration it is true that Her Majesty must be quite a prodigous age. The question is how would one exchange the queen for an automaton and leave the country none the wiser? Moreover what would be the benefit of doing such a thing? I rather think that the presence of clocks in our midst has made us paranoid.

I hope this letter reaches you well.

Give my love to father.

Elizabeth

In category:
Newer Post

Reader's Letter: " ... and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

To be truthful, I sympathise with the Clockwork Twins, I do. Had I been subject to Zachary’s perpetual torment then I would have most likely found a much messier and nastier way to end him than dragging him to The…
Read
Older Post

Life in The Den: Business as Usual?

While on most given days I would be as inclined to trust that spiv, Hargreaves about as far as I could throw him; it does appear he has a rather apt imagination well suited to the world of hospitality and…
Read
Random Post

New By-Law Makes Fog Signals Compulsory in London

Under London's new Conservancy By-laws relating to every steam vessel, when the steam is up, and vessel is under way, shall in all cases of fog use as a signal a steam whistle, which shall be sounded at least every…
Read
Random Post

New Laws To Control Clockworks

The government has won a battle to introduce new laws controlling the use of Clockwork labour. It comes after Ministers finally admitted that there's no record of how many of the devices have been imported and are working in factories…
Read
Random Post

Union For The Casual Labourer Publishes Manifesto

Read
Random Post

Exiled Govt Scientist Found In Canada

The British Government is developing an air purifcation system, according to exiled scientist, Saccadeus Cartwright. In a recorded address to a Canadian audience, he suggests that work on the Clockwork Project has continued with the Canadian government blessing. Seccadius and other…
Read

Comment on this

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You might have left one of the fields blank or be posting too quickly.

Thanks for your comment. We appreciate your response. Reload the page to see your comment.

Please wait a while before posting your next comment.

You are the first to comment!