"The question is, what killed those five people in the
photos," you say.
"Right." Claudia lists them off. "Tabot, Setterly, the
two Bancairns and Thromby, the doctor."
William looks at his notes. "How about rabies?"
The way he says "about," it sounds like aboot.
"It killed that coxswain, Vittet," Claudia says.
"That happened months earlier, but it's possible the five somehow
got it too."
"One of the anthropologists claimed the cause was
the aquavit," William says. "Another
mentioned that scurvy often afflicted
sailors on long sea voyages.
of them argued about what caused the fevers. Some said the 'dry raging
fever' was polio; others said it was
plague; one thought it was yellow
fever, because they were flying the yellow
jack. Most everyone agreed the 'wet coughing fever' was influenza.
Two of the anthropologists thought it wasn't the fever, but the doctor's
phlebotomy that killed people off."
"What about antimony?"
Claudia pipes up. "James's
Powder is loaded with it. Maybe that's the cause."
"Most of the anthropologists concluded that there
is no common factor," William says.
What do you say?
"I want to examine
the clues again."
"I CAN SOLVE
I think I know the truth
about the five deaths."
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