'Four Without Graves'
"'Four Without Graves'? What is that all about?" you wonder
There is fire in Claudia's eyes. "I don't think anyone
knows. Sounds as if the anthropologists were quite anxious to get clues
from Perdita's diary. But it wasn't ready until just now."
"What did happen to the 'Four Without Graves,' do you
She pulls at her lip. "Could have been many things. Heavy
metal poisoning, for one. Another lost expedition, Franklin's in 1845,
may have been doomed by lead contamination of their tinned food."
"Disease, of course," she goes on. "Not a 'normal' one,
like scurvy or yellow fever. It sounds like it was something much more
fearful. Like smallpox. Or the plague."
She thinks a moment more, then shrugs. "That's all I can
come up with at the moment."
"Hmmm," you say. "We need to find out more."
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