Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Chapter 2: Plague of the King
Still under the idenitiy of Huntley Walsh, Jimmy Christopher has changed clothes and reports in to "The Chief" after witnessing Govenor Young's Black Troopers in action.
His next destination is the home of William Stockard, a newspaper publisher who is under house arrest. He's a victim of the mysterious plague which has allowed Governor Young to push his emergency powers through the legislature. The cab driver is too terrified to drive up to the "quarantined" mansion and lets him off several streets away.
After sneaking into the mansion, Jimmy Christopher introduces himself to Stockard. The publisher's condition is slowly deteriorating, but he has a state-approved physician treating him. Jimmy confiscates the "medicine" the doctor is administering and checks it with a portable chemistry lab. Somehow he's able to identify it as being alpha-dinitrophenol, a nasty little molecule used in the manufacture of dyes. It effects the nervous system and can cause nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Which are very similar to the plaque symptoms.
By the end of the chapter, Jimmy Christopher has wielded his sword belt, and escaped the bullets of the traitorous "physician" who was treating Stockard.
The sword belt has me a little confused. If it coils so carefully in a belt sheath, how does it lock in place when he needs it? And does he have a back-up belt when the sword is in use?
I also note Jimmy Christopher is a master of jiu-jitsu. This Japanese martial art was one of the first ones taught in the west after Mitsuyo Maeda traveled outside Japan offering demonstrations.

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