"I'm sorry to be such a bother." Claudia paces
back and forth on the tilted deck. "But I just have to know.
Do you understand that?"
"Sure," you say. "I guess so. How
about lead poisoning? They didn't know how to make tin
cans very well back then. They were often contaminated with lead."
"But there were only six cans in the whole
trash pile," she replies. "Enough to poison six people, perhaps,
but hardly the whole expedition. Lead is out."
"Rats," you say.
"Let's go through the possibilities again,"
"Right." You tick them off on your fingers.
"Antimony. It was used in fever medicine, so they
could have been overdosing on it."
"But we have no evidence they were,"
she says. "None. No empty bottles, no mention in the journals. Antimony
is right out."
"Okay," you say.
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