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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Starting this issue, the Cog will be released on a monthly basis. Due to RL time constraints, this issue mainly consists of June's Town Hall Meeting Minutes and continues on with Mr.Doyle's story "The Sign of Four."
In your Service,
Editor in Chief
NEW BABBAGE TOWN HALL MEETING
2nd of June 2007 - 13:09 SL
Attendants: Salazar Jack, Nikmi Hax, Arthur Conan Doyle, Feldane Klees, Shaunathan Sprocket, Eggberta Echegaray, Reitsuki Kojima, Ordinal Malaprop, Erehwon Yoshikawa, Dante Moreau, Natacha Chernov, Miguel Pinion, Angel Talaj.
Mayor Sprocket started the meeting off raising the issue of the large influx of digging that has been going on in New Babbage as of late, which is causing the land to have un- even lumpy ground. This is mainly due to the amount of land per parcel to properly flatten. When a resident flattens his or hers own parcel, it is unfortunately affects neighboring parcels. Mayor Sprocket feels the only solution to this problem is to have himself, Charlene Trudeau, or Ordinal Malaprop assist the resident, who wishes to dig on their land, during low population times. Mr. Arthur Conan Doyle asked the Mayor if there would be a charge for this service, the Mayor responded back stating that it is done free of charge. Mayor Sprocket also announced that some new administration clauses will be put into the already existing Covenant, to make it compliant with the new Terms of Service that Linden Labs will be releasing. He mentioned that everyone is doing a great job already following them, and he doesn’t foresee anyone impacting Linden Lab’s new terms which are in reference to the hard line that are taking towards sexual/violent activity. The new Covenant will state that Mayor Sprocket has to approve any land changes, such as digging holes, also, there will be some clauses to prevent open sexual activity in public places considering this could have serious issues with Linden Labs and other Second Life residents.
The Mayor asked if there where any objections to what he had just raised, Mr. Salazar Jack asked the Mayor if New Babbage residents will now need to get a permit before any terraforming is performed on properties. Mayor Sprocket said nothing so formal, but to just let him or the assigned Estate Managers know ahead of time, so the impact of the digging can be judged. The Mayor hopes none of this will be an inconvenience. Mayor Sprocket mentioned that he would like to re-cut all the Southern Canal District underground garages to fix the uneven lumpy land there.
The next order of business brought up by the Mayor, was Relay for Life event to be held at the end of July. Mayor Sprocket stated that New Babbage has made commitments to incorporate a build for the walking track and the fund raising team. With regards to the actual fund raising, New Babbage is doing rather well, we have raised $6,948 Lindens so far and he considers that proof, that every resident doesn’t need to have a personal kiosk to make a group effort. Mayor Sprocket pointed out, the RFL design team, has graciously gave New Babbage half a Sim to design on for the relay track. The theme is "quest for a cure" and he pointed out, that there are many quest related themes in Steampunk, and that we could pretty much do whatever we like, but the problem comes with man power.
Currently the design team for New Babbage is just the Mayor and Pumpkin Tripsa. Both of them feel, that this project is just too big for them alone to handle. Mayor Sprocket stated, that he has requested for some volunteers to assist them over the past month, but no one has stepped up, so he is now considering taking New Babbage out of designing a build for the track, and to just focus on fund raising. Mr.Jack asked Mayor Sprocket, when the build has to be ready and/or installed. Mayor Sprocket said that the track opens in late July to the public, so there is some time.
Mr.Jack suggested using the already built train and the tracks as the build for the RFL track, but Mayor Sprocket stated that the train is probably going to take until late July to complete, as they are still pondering ways to get it scripted. The Mayor also pointed out, that RFL participants must walk the track, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a train ride, but it can’t be an official way to raise money for the cause. Mr.Jack suggested another idea, such as a canal for our segment RFL track, with a walking path along side it, showcasing the steamboats that where recently used for the Babbage Park Race.
Mr. Reitsuki Kojima suggested that we could make a "city" theme, by using the row houses that out in the Canal District. Mr.Kojima pointed out, that they look great, and are fairly low on prim, and easy to stick together. Mayor Sprocket suggested he was pondering a 20,000 leagues under the sea, or a journey to the center of the earth theme. Mr Salazar Jack raised another idea, which could be a factory walkthrough, with lots of mechanical things going on along the way, with steam blowing onto walkers, as they pass by. Another idea put forth by Mayor Sprocket was an ocean theme, and the walkway can run under the water.
Mr.Kojima suggested making underwater tunnels, with the nautilus floating on the outside. Mayor Sprocket replied back, that we can have a beautiful unmanned nautilus, just for show, swimming through the ocean, past the viewers on the walkway would be a great idea. Angel Talaj asked, if there could be scripted animals involved, and Mayor Sprocket stated that, yes there can, and fish and wild life should be swimming in the water as well. Mr. Erehwon Yoshikawa stated that perhaps a tableau of the Nautilus be attacked by a krakken? The Mayor nodded and mentioned that the krakken will certainly be featured.
With all the ideas floating around for the Relay for Life build, Mayor Sprocket mentioned that all of these underwater ideas for the RFL track, also helps aid our own design for the new up and coming under water sim, but in the end, we are helping relay for life with the design. Mayor Sprocket said he will come up with a task list for the project by next week, as we have a month and a half to make a build. Mayor Sprocket also pointed out that casual New Babbage residents can be involved in the build as well. The Mayor asked if there was any more concerns, issues, and/or business to bring up, no one replied. The meeting was adjourned at 13:56sl. Thank you all who attended.
Meeting Minutes complied by
Miss Eggberta Echegaray
In this issue, The New Babbage Cog presents Chapter 10 of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Sign of The Four."
THE SIGN OF FOUR
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
THE END OF THE ISLANDER
Our meal was a merry one. Holmes could talk exceedingly well when he chose, and that night he did choose. He appeared to be in a state of nervous exaltation. I have never known him so brilliant. He spoke on a quick succession of subjects,--on miracle-plays, on medieval pottery, on Stradivarius violins, on the Buddhism of Ceylon, and on the war-ships of the future,--handling each as though he had made a special study of it. His bright humor marked the reaction from his black depression of the preceding days. Athelney Jones proved to be a sociable soul in his hours of relaxation, and faced his dinner with the air of a bon vivant. For myself, I felt elated at the thought that we were nearing the end of our task, and I caught something of Holmes's gaiety. None of us alluded during dinner to the cause which had brought us together. When the cloth was cleared, Holmes glanced at his watch, and filled up three glasses with port. "One bumper," said he, "to the success of our little expedition. And now it is high time we were off. Have you a pistol, Watson?" "I have my old service-revolver in my desk." "You had best take it, then. It is well to be prepared. I see that the cab is at the door. I ordered it for half-past six."
It was a little past seven before we reached the
"It seems to me to be a little weak," said
"That seems simple enough." "It is just these very simple things which are extremely liable to be overlooked. However, I determined to act on the idea. I started at once in this harmless seaman's rig and inquired at all the yards down the river. I drew blank at fifteen, but at the sixteenth--Jacobson's--I learned that the
with some trivial directions as to her rudder. 'There ain't naught amiss with her rudder,' said the foreman. 'There she lies, with the red streaks.' At that moment who should come down but Mordecai Smith, the missing owner? He was rather the worse for liquor. I should not, of course, have known him, but he bellowed out his name and the name of his launch. 'I want her to-night at ,' said he,--' sharp, mind, for I have two gentlemen who won't be kept waiting.' They had evidently paid him well, for he was very flush of money, chucking shillings about to the men. I followed him some distance, but he subsided into an ale-house: so I went back to the yard, and, happening to pick up one of my boys on the way, I stationed him as a sentry over the launch. He is to stand at water's edge and wave his handkerchief to us when they start. We shall be lying off in the stream, and it will be a strange thing if we do not take men, treasure, and all."
"You have planned it all very neatly, whether they are the right men or not," said Jones; "but if the affair were in my hands I should have had a body of police in Jacobson's Yard, and arrested them when they came down." "Which would have been never. This man Small is a pretty shrewd fellow. He would send a scout on ahead, and if anything made him suspicious lie snug for another week." "But you might have stuck to Mordecai Smith, and so been led to their hiding-place," said I. "In that case I should have wasted my day. I think that it is a hundred to one against Smith knowing where they live. As long as he has liquor and good pay, why should he ask questions? They send him messages what to do. No, I thought over every possible course, and this is the best." While this conversation had been proceeding, we had been shooting the long series of bridges which span the
"We have no right to take anything for granted," Holmes answered. "It is certainly ten to one that they go down-stream, but we cannot be certain. From this point we can see the entrance of the yard, and they can hardly see us. It will be a clear night and plenty of light. We must stay where we are. See how the folk swarm over yonder in the gaslight." "They are coming from work in the yard." "Dirty-looking rascals, but I suppose every one has some little immortal spark concealed about him. You
would not think it, to look at them. There is no a priori probability about it. A strange enigma is man!" "Some one calls him a soul concealed in an animal," I suggested. "Winwood Reade is good upon the subject," said Holmes. "He remarks that, while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician. But do I see a handkerchief? Surely there is a white flutter over yonder." "Yes, it is your boy," I cried. "I can see him plainly." "And there is the
We were fairly after her now. The furnaces roared, and the powerful engines whizzed and clanked, like a great metallic heart. Her sharp, steep prow cut through the river-water and sent two rolling waves to right and to left of us. With every throb of the engines we sprang and quivered like a living thing. One great yellow lantern in our bows threw a long, flickering funnel of light in front of us. Right ahead a dark blur upon the water showed where the
At Blackwall we could not have been more than two hundred and fifty. I have coursed many creatures in many countries during my checkered career, but never did sport give me such a wild thrill as this mad, flying man-hunt down the
"Fire if he raises his hand," said Holmes, quietly. We were within a boat's-length by this time, and almost within touch of our quarry. I can see the two of them now as they stood, the white man with his legs far apart, shrieking out curses, and the unhallowed dwarf with his hideous face, and his strong yellow teeth gnashing at us in the light of our lantern. It was well that we had so clear a view of him. Even as we looked he plucked out from under his covering a short, round piece of wood, like a school-ruler, and clapped it to his lips. Our pistols rang out together. He whirled round, threw up his arms, and with a kind of choking cough fell sideways into the stream. I caught one glimpse of his venomous, menacing eyes amid the white swirl of the waters. At the same moment the wooden-legged man threw himself upon the rudder and put it hard down, so that his boat made straight in for the southern bank, while we shot past her stern, only clearing her by a few feet. We were round after her in an instant, but she was already nearly at the bank. It was a wild and desolate place, where the moon glimmered upon a wide expanse of marsh-land, with pools of stagnant water and beds of decaying vegetation. The launch with a dull thud ran up upon the mud-bank, with her bow in the air and her stern flush with the water. The fugitive sprang out, but his stump instantly sank its whole length into the sodden soil. In vain he struggled and writhed. Not one step could he possibly take either forwards or backwards. He yelled in impotent rage, and kicked frantically into the mud with his other foot, but his struggles only bored his wooden pin the deeper into the sticky bank. When we brought our launch alongside he was so firmly anchored that it was only by throwing the end of a rope over his shoulders that we were able to haul him out, and to drag him, like some evil fish, over our side.
The two Smiths, father and son, sat sullenly in their launch, but came aboard meekly enough when commanded. The Aurora herself we hauled off and made fast to our stern. A solid iron chest of Indian workmanship stood upon the deck. This, there could be no question, was the same that had contained the ill-omened treasure of the Sholtos. There was no key, but it was of considerable weight, so we transferred it carefully to our own little cabin. As we steamed slowly up-stream again, we flashed our search-light in every direction, but there was no sign of the Islander. Somewhere in the dark ooze at the bottom of the
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