Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chapter 71: Let's End This Gentlemen

Date: February 22, 1904 (2015)
Location: Tapi River, Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Situation: My Arrival At The River Camp
Sept. 25, 1900: Thugee armistice, recall from India and retirement.
April 30, 1903: Learns armistice broken by resurgent Thugee Army.
May 9, 1903: Recalled to duty in India to break the Thugees.
June 1903: Assumes command in Egypt as a ruse.
September 1903: Secretly departs Egypt for India.
Next four months: Assembles the Army.
See Previous Chapter 70 here:
Clicking images enlarges them prodigiously.
Scroll slowly, very slowly, if you please and....
Imagineer your own narration as we commence....
February 22, 1904

Welcome to Burhanpur General. It's good to serve with you again.

Thank you Lieutenant. --- No. --- Captain Caddy. Congratulations.

This way to your headquarters tent Sir.

Meanwhile, in the village center....

 Captain Creagh's attention is drawn eastwards. 

As are the eyes of Colonel Sinclair.

Excuse me General. Dalrymple, Sir. Riders com'n in, fast. 

Hello in the camp. 
We  have an urgent dispatch for the commanding officer.

If this dispatch is true....then.... 
Assemble all senior commanding officers at my tent at once. 

Gentlemen, pleasantries will have to wait. 
We don't have one minute to lose.
Let's end this once and for all.


1) Identical Miniature Building Authority motor launches are on loan from Chuck L. The other was scratch-built by H.G. Walls on loan from Der Alte Fritz.  The tower was scratch-built by H.G. Walls. Most other structures are from Miniature Building Authority. A great deal of vegetation is from Chuck and Todd B. How could all this happen without them? Answer: It couldn't! Thank you my friends.

2) Covered wagons pencil sharpeners from the Fort Ligonier gift shop in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

3) General Pettygree wears the new uniform of the era. It was great fun finding so many castings in that uniform in different poses to enliven scenes and dialogue.

4) The story prepares us for a Colonial game on March 14, 2015.

5) Did you imagineer your own dialogue and vicarious thoughts in the first dozen scenes? I think of the whole ensemble presenting kind of a silent film allowing your imaginations to take charge of story telling. Brief captions appear in the last dozen scenes much like silent films of the 1920s.

6) I welcome your feedback at comments below. 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

February 14, 2014 NEWS

General and Mary Pettygree have arrived in the Indian sub-continent but their location is secret. Indeed only you and a few personages back in Britain knew they left Egypt for India. The next story is underway. The plan is to post it before March 1st, 2015.

Bill P.