The last few days had been full of activity and derring-do. Many of the investigators were shattered after their heroics, and some remained gravely injured. Thus, the group rested for a few days to take stock of the situation and to ponder the clues they had found.
They were dismayed to read the Sunday papers. The break-in at the Penhew Foundation was front-page news in several of the papers, and it seemed the stories had a suspiciously accurate view of the group. This angered the group, but they were in no position to demand corrections—it seemed they were now wanted for attempted murder! Perhaps, Edward Gavigan had used his influence with the various newspaper editors, or perhaps other forces were at work. Not for the first time (and probably not the last), the group wished they had the ear of an influential member of British society who could shield them from the worse of Gavigan's ire and influence.
In any event, on Monday 27th, Ikil was well enough to get about town and to organise his and Dudley's departure for New York. Luck was with the pair, and the 31,000-ton Essexia, part of the Cunard line, was sailing tomorrow for New York; soon, Dudley would be reunited with his beloved Eloise. Ikil made all the arrangements, and on the 28th, the pair—carrying away the Liber Ivonis for Dudley's future deeper study—bade farewell to their friends.
Although Ikil and Dudley had now departed, the group was bolstered by the arrival of Vincenzo Coccott—sent by Charles Collins Snr to help his son get out of whatever trouble he had got himself into this time. Vincenzo seemed a competent fellow, although he had a hard edge to him.
For the next few weeks, the group rested, giving Charles and Jefrfrey time to recover from their wounds. During that time, while Jacob Rossini tried and failed to uncover more substantive information about the painter Miles Shipley, Kirk Smith and Gilbert Welch visited Companies House to learn more about Henson Manufacturing. Intriguingly, they learned that Edward Gavigan had purchased the company in 1921 and that it manufactured machine parts. Sadly, the official records provided no more detail. Gavigan's purchase of the company and the vagueness of the uncovered records piqued the group's interest.
As soon as they were ready, Kirk, Gilbert, Vincenzo, Jacob and Dr George piled into Kirk's Rolls Royce and motored north to Derby. There they booked into the Old Bell Hotel before driving past Henson Manufacturing to get the lie of the land. With their initial reconnaissance completed, they returned to the Old Bell to plan their next move…
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