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Inferno 1876 News
(sources: The Times, the Inferno News Service, and various others)
LORD HARTLEY JARVIS SLAIN
The only son of the Duke of Jarvis was murdered by an unknown assailant in June
of this year. Persistent rumours that his death was the result of an affair of
honour involving his sister, the Honourable Clarissa Jarvis, have been denied by
the Duke's spokesman. The disappearance of Mersuavin Powers, recent heir to the
title of Lord Crail, to Paris is thought to be coincidental.
RUSSIANS, PRUSSIANS CLASH
The town of Kernow on the Prussian-Russian border was the scene of a bloody
skirmish this year when Brigadier Kropotnik clashed with local Prussian militia.
Order was with difficulty restored only after the belligerent Brigadier had been
felled by a lucky musket shot between the eyes. The increasing bloodthirstiness
of the Russian people must be a source of great worry to their Prussian
neighbours, especially given the instability of the current Tsar. Given his
threatening behaviour towards France too in recent years, can he be mad enough
to believe that he can take on the whole of Europe with the might of his armies?
Dr Peter Tavener, the prominent Oxford scientist, has developed a human-powered
device capable of flight. Based on the motive principle of the bicycle, the
apparatus allows a single aviator to achieve height of several feet and speeds
comparable to that of a cantering horse.
PRESS BARON EUGENE SUE SLAIN
The French-Bavarian press baron and industrialist Eugene Sue was found dead last
Friday near the docksides of Marseilles. Mr. Sue was apparently kidnapped and
bludgeoned to death with a piece of lead piping. It is not clear how his press
empire, including the mighty Suddeutsche Zeitung and most Hungarian industry,
BRITISH DETECTIVE SOLVES THE CASE OF THE TEMPESTUOUS PARROT
The famed British Private Investigator Meridian Macey-Dare yesterday announced
the completion of her toughest case to date. Scotland Yard police officers were
said to be "Baffled" as to how Miss Macey-Dare was able to piece together
intricate clues that led to the arrest of Archibald Snee for the abduction of
Lady Wimona Williks. Lady Williks - freed from two weeks of captivity - said she
was "profoundly and deeply grateful" for the skill and daring of Miss
Macey-Dare, who also rescued Lady Williks from Snee's hide-out.
PRE-RAPHAELITE BROTHERHOOD THROWS PARTY IN PARIS
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood - artistic and cultural movement - has been
spreading its influence into France. The party was attended by many of the prime
movers in the Bohemian society of the Left Bank, and was declared a great
success by its hosts.
BRITISH EXPLORER APPEALS FOR HELP WITH EXPEDITION TO ATLANTIS
The great British explorer Colonel Mustard has requested aid with his plans to
launch an archeological dig to Atlantis. "I would be there already if it weren't
for the fact that it's at the the bottom of the bally ocean," said a somewhat
DR SCHRECK DIES IN FREAK METEOR SHOWER
Renowned scientist Dr Schreck perished earlier this year in a freak meteor
shower which utterly destroyed his laboratory complex. Readers will recall the
good doctor coming to prominence when he rather wildly announced to the Prussian
Congress of Deputies that the world was to end in sixteen years. 'His death may
be seen as a merciful release,' one colleague who wished to remain anonymous
VERNE CANNONS YET TO BE RECONSTRUCTED
The pride and joy of France's armed forces, the mighty Verne cannons, are yet to
be reconstructed after their demolition by a freak meteor shower early last
year. Why is the government dragging its heels over this vital project, French
opposiiton spokesmen are demanding to know.
METEOR SHOWER HITS AMERICA
Reports have reached us of a freak meteor shower in America: sizable meteorites
were seen to crash to earth over a period of several days, across the nation.
CIRCUSES BUT NO BREAD FOR RUSSIANS
Proof of the growing decadence of the Russian Empire, if any were needed, is to
be found in the legalization of real gladiatorial combats as entertainment for
the population. Will the Tsar fiddle as his nation burns?
NEW FINANCE ACT
The Private Finance In Public Work Act has been passed in Great Britain: on
approved schemes, Her Majesty's Government will match private funding pound for
pound with public money. Prime Minister Mey's convictions that this would
attract considerable foreign investment seem to have been justified with the
announcement that the Argentinian company Mercosur Atlantico will be subsidizing
a Transbrittanic high speed railway link and an amazing clockwork seaport at
Plymouth, keeping the UK at the very forefront of European technological
progress. Mercosur's chairman Senor de Moltke is also finalizing plans to
construct another such seaport in New York.
Great Britain's spanking new seaport opened for business this December. Designed
by noted technologist Professor Hugo Victor and powered entirely by clockwork,
Victoriaport, located near Plymouth and readily accessible by rail, will allow
Britain's merchant traders unrivalled deep-sea access. Eat your heart out Johnny
MP LEMONTHWAITE RESIGNS
Albert Lemonthwaite, Conservative Member for Great Pagwell and noted
industrialist, has resigned from the House of Commons in order to spend more
time with his family. This follows the recent announcement of his daughter
Elizabeth's marriage to Mr Richard Brice.
Rumour has it that Her Majesty is considering a change in the post of Chief of
Staff in the British armed forces, but no definite announcement has been made
about any potential candidates.
WE'RE ALL RIGHT JACK
A private review board has voted British MPs a 2% above the rate of inflation
The Austrians and Prussians have at long last signed a treaty solidifying their
borders and proclaiming a new era of friendship. A few years ago it seemed that
Prussia would not stop before all of Austria had been crushed under its war
machine, but the assassination of General von Moltke turned advance into
retreat. Colonel Bargeld was reportedly "relieved" to sign the treaty with the
noted Austrian negotiator Friedrich von Ardsburg.
CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF TRANSPORT
Our financial staff tell us that much railway stock has been changing hands on
the continent, as many big investors in this field seem to be pulling out their
interests. Whether they feel that the railways have passed their prime as
stock, or are changing their porfolios to reinvest in businesses unknown, these
changes are sure to cause ripples of concern in the financial markets.
THE PEASANTS ARE REVOLTING
Discontent is rife, as ever, in southern Italy. Many have had to flee the
tyrannical rule of the Medicis in recent years, but at last the people are
finding a small but united voice of protest.
US, JAPAN TO TALK
US Congressman Andrew Perry is to mount a diplomatic mission to Japan in the New
Year. Perry, whose father Admiral William Perry led the expedition to Japan
which disappeared in 1848, said he was keen to breach the Nipponese's curtain of
silence and to establish a cross-Pacific friendship between his nation and
THE WORLD OF LETTERS
Alfred Tennyson has been granted a life peerage for his services to poetic
endeavour. The playwright Henrik Ibsen is gaining success throughout Europe for
his modernization of the dramatic form, and Sarah Bernhardt's new Parisian
theatre is proving most popular. Charles Dickens is also said to be "fit as a
fiddle" after the fitting of his steam pacemaker.
COLONEL DIGS IN SUMERIA, RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Colonel Mustard covered his disappointment over the failed Atlantean project by
leading another dig in Sumeria, home of the oldest civilisation known to man.
His findings are to be announced shortly.
NEW RUSSIAN ARMY CHIEF?
Karl Davchenko is hotly tipped to be the next Supreme Commander of the Russian
armies. Certainly his unbelievable dedication to improving the quality and
discipline of the forces under his control has been remarked upon by his