Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 15
…“Mastadon is misspelled,” Fanny seldom lets on that she is a great speller…
“We are looking for your friend and colleague who left the grounds undetected.”
“Not exactly true,” Kamen had to completely vet Constance and Fanny, before allowing them to view secret government material. “He had been using the IBM Supercomputer to research ancient animals, specifically from the Ice Age.”
“No, there was a picture of a Mastodon on his desk,” Martin hands them a lithograph with the handwritten word, all in lower case scribble: mastadon.
“You are correct Miss Fanny! Why didn’t I notice that?! It’s mastodon with an “o” not “a”.”
The power of observation, an acquired talent, is what makes Constance and Fanny perfect for the field they have chosen.
“That’s a pretty weak clue, but any clue sure beats a handful of nothing.” Constance racks her brain for their next possible move.
“There is one more thing.” Martin Kamen fires up the small monitor in front of them, the view screen for the supercomputer which occupies a room the size of the Argonne cafeteria. “There are remnants of a de-crypted memorandum from the Pope:
(Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine)
Pope Pius XII
Encyclical Promulgated on 12 August 1950
- We must resist these fictitious tenets of evolution.
“Heady stuff, even for a scientist.”
“Is Mr. Libby a religious man?”
“Not that I know of, but then again religion and science make strange bedfellows.”
“… ‘fictitious tenets of evolution’, that implies that it fundamentally opposes the foundational dogma of Creationism.” Though not an outspoken proponent of all things religious, Constance Caraway has deep roots in the Baptist Church, her father having been an elder at the Tallahassee Baptist Temple; but don’t remind her of the night of her violin solo, at the 6P service on Resurrection Sunday in 1921.