Our heroes leave the party with the following knowledge:
While the gala had seemed like just a social obligation, Mrs. Terwilliger emphasized the Argent Group and had angled Douglas toward endorsing Perkins-there had definitely been an undercurrent of mutuality (you scratch my back, I scratch yours).
-Douglas needed to get an article thrown together before the Sunday deadline, and would be needing to research the Hayden Island Gang
-Marian was going to research the missing items from the shipping invoices.
The following morning, Clara telephones Mrs. Terwilliger, ostensibly to thank her for the invitation to the soiree, but also to try to glean more information about the Argent Group, with a view to attending the next meeting.According to Mrs. Terwilliger, the Argent Group is more like a rotary club than anything, with business owners meeting at Risotto’s, a restaurant owned by Michael Kay; the next meeting is slated to take place there in six weeks. Our heroes think there’s more to this, as this isn’t anything like the setup for the Argent Group in Forest Grove.
Patterson’s pointed remark that Stanley Mulligan had liked shoes…that brought our group to recall Orchard & Hayward’s Men’s Outfitter, a now-defunct haberdashery located near Good Samaritan hospital. The business is owned by Rufus Clegg, who happens to be Samuel Clegg’s nephew. The location in question is closed, having been used at one point as a warehouse for the remaining location in NE Portland. In mid-1922, they stopped using it entirely and now it sits empty. The group suspects that it may be used for bootlegging.
Marian heads to the auction-house to go over the missing artifacts in hopes of figuring out what the common thread may be. She realizes that all the missing pieces were shipped through one carrier, Bay Ocean Shipping.
Doug goes to the newspaper to work on his article. While there he researches the Hayden Island Gang. First of all, it isn’t really a gange..there is no clear leader. It is loosely affiliated with bootleggers on the coast. Patterson, Mulligan, and the Smith brothers (Johnny and Marty who both died during the cemetery standoff).
Troy and Clara have lunch at Risotto’s, hoping to snoop around a bit, but they turn up nothing.
Doug, Troy, and Clara resolve to ivestigate Orchard & Haywards. Eating dinner at Diane’s (a restaurant near Good Sam), they notice a note and flowers strapped to a nearby lamppost. Painted vertically on the lamppost is the query “Why, Kate?”. Upon investigation, the note depicts a man in a suit and high collar, and the words Thomas, I forgive you. Please come back. The handwriting on the note is different from the writing on the post. Troy notices a storm drain next to the post. He draws a connection between them, because the note was near the bottom of the pole.
Walking a few blocks up the street, the group notice a girl dropping something down a storm drain. She is joined by another girl and the two walk away. Clara decides to follow them. Troy and Doug try to see what she dropped.
Clara can see that the first girl has been roughed up, and the other girl looks like she has been crying.
Douglas and Troy find some crushed pieces of crayon near the drain, but nothing else. They see Clara walking away, and then they hear a car sputter and almost die, and then another one does the same thing in the same spot. When they watch for it to happen again, it doesn’t.
The little girls realize they are being followed and run away, darting down an alley. Clara tries to pretend that she wasn’t following them by looking in her purse, but it’s too late.
Troy and Doug join her…their attempt to find the girls is fruitless. They decide to move on to searching the haberdashery.
They break in via an upstairs entrance, using the fire escape. On the salesfloor, they find empty crates of Lime Crush, presumably used for transporting liquor. They go through a door and down a ramp into the basement. There they find a generator, a desk, a heavy, padlocked door, and two tables with hobo stoves on them.
Troy gets the generator started. The group now have light.
On inspection of the door, they realize that the hasp of the lock has been torn from the wall.
They find a ledger on the desk…the contents are written in some kind of shorthand, with amounts written in, ranging from 10s to 100s. Doug realizes that this is similar to the appraisal ledgers that Marian uses at the auction house. They grab the ledger to show Marian.
They also find an older ledger for Bay Ocean Transportation, Bay City, Oregon. Doug finds a page, presumably from this ledger with the name Pirreaux and a handwritten note to use Mill Rail Lines.
Clara remembers that Bay Ocean is one of the companies under which Taylor & Taylor’s taxes had been erroneously filed.
Troy finds brown paper sacks lying on the ground between the desk and the crates. They smell of potpourri and contain moldy, crushed leaves and flowers. Clara identifies these as amaranth/love lies bleeding, which is the same plant that had been used to reanimate the corpses of Phillip Pratchett and Benjamin Corbett, etc.
They light the hobo stoves and open the door. The passage on the other side is crude brick, with low, arched ceilings and a packed-dirt floor. Proceeding down the passage, they discover surgical coats hanging on the wall. The coats are moldy and foul, but don’t appear to be very old. The group surmises that the passage is connected to the hospital, most likely the morgue (where the escapade with Dr. Bell had occurred).
They reach a four-way intersection and opt to turn left, heading in the direction of the storm drain down which the little girl had dropped the unknown object.
Upon reaching the terminus, they find the run-off ditch for the storm drain. Clara sees and fishes out a piece of cardboard. On it in red crayon is scrawled: Dear Kate, please make Daddy stop.
Then the group hears a splash; something big…bigger than a rat…they decide to turn back.
Their flashlights die when they reach the intersection. They notice that the shadows are closer than they should be…they aren’t receding like they normally would. The hobo stoves still work. Troy shoots into the darkness. The three flee. They reach the basement room, blocking the door with the desk and tables.
They escape and get home safely.
The next morning there’s an article in the paper about someone being murdered within blocks of the haberdashery. It turns out to be the girl’s father. *note to Arthur: I can’t remember how we figured that last bit out*