CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 116

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Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 116

When We Last Left

I see a set of footprints, one up, one down, same shoes.”

“I see two up, one of them older and then one down.” Her powers of observation are professionally acquired.

“That would mean someone is inside.”

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“Exactly and I told Daniels not to get caught inside that rat-hole this week.” The poor spy’s-spy has to follow orders from many sources. “I didn’t consult him on the wisdom of my plans. Some things are best left unsaid.”

“Refresh my memory, just why do you want to blow this place to kingdom come?”

“Put it this way, if I could leave a note behind I’d write: ‘Greetings and felicitations from your friends at Constance Caraway Investigations, you remember, the ones you’re f******g back in the US of A? When we get mad, we get even’.”

“I think they’ll get the message either way.” He is seeing the side of Constance he has been missing; nice ass – badass.

“Make sure that the note, the building and the anything else here doesn’t survive the blast.”

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It is on during the second full night of their Roman holiday, that they move to carry out the plan. Ace lays down enough plastic explosive to rattle the windows in the  Vatican itself. “They’ll think it’s an earthquake.” The limestone blocks, held in place by ancient mortar, should collapse toward the center, leaving a dusty pile of rock.

They return to their quaint hotel in the waning cover of darkness. The charges are set to detonate at 6:05.30 and they will be able to see the entire site from their lone SE facing window. There is a half drunken bottle of Nebbiolo and a small round of Asiago cheese on the coffee table, ready for congratulatory consumption.

As they big hand of the wall clock passes straight-up XII, glasses are poised. Constance instinctive huddles against her coconspirator.

6:05.28, .29, .30, _*^+#!#$%&&^$#@@$%& and the whole earth trembles in its wake.

“Bingo!”

“Bango, bongo,” the munitions man concludes.

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When the mushrooming dust settles back down and the air clears, “There is nothing Ace, not a damned trace of that building………it is like it wasn’t there all along,” she hands her binoculars to him.

“You must be crapping me! It is one huge dusty nothing; zero debris, like it was vaporized,” he stands amazed!


 

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 82

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 …‘Mamma told me not to come’, he thinks to himself during this no turning back moment…

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Daniels/Cephus will set aside his apprehension for later, having been met in the hall by Canisso/Wolfgram, dedicated defender of “The Great Deception”.

“This way Cephus, you have been expected.”

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Prior to this, Daniels’ view, as an informant plant, of Vincent Wolfgram was completely different, more of a fellow worker than this administrative visage. In fact, he cannot remember seeing the man on this side of the Atlantic before; previous informational “leaks” about Pope- doings never involved individuals, in that stead, he would utilize the more popular “drop” method.

In his work at the Vatican Communications Department, he is known as Bernard Spencer, an American electronic specialist in this new age of the telephone and television; yet another alias name, leaving one to wonder how he keeps them straight. He can know what/when he wants to know it, without being questioned by papal higher ups. He has amazing security clearance on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cephus, not the Noah-of-old descendant, enters a vast chamber filled to the brim with solid gold items, so brilliant yet quite unnerving. ‘Mamma told me not to come’, he thinks to himself during this no turning back moment.

“Come forward Cephus,” an echoing voice rains down from a ceiling-less throne. Pentateuch has command of his world, asking no quarter, expecting unquestioned obedience. “I have an important matter for you to take care of, nothing to do with the pope,” he says without reverence.

“You must think I can do the job,” his voice quakes slightly.

“I want you to extricate the human Mary Joseph Franks from her lair. I believe that she is under the protection of the Divine One, which is a formidable obstacle. And as she has already made Canisso’s acquaintance, I need some other human for the intervention.”

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 81

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Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 81

…Agent Daniels – The Man of Many Hats…

The OSS (Office of Strategic Services) forerunner of the modern CIA, had served its purpose during the recently concluded world war; somebody had to keep the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines on the same page. There is a danger when separate organizations do not share intelligence and the OSS virtually forced them to. If that essential fact is a lesson learned, then it becomes an important memo to the future and heeding it is highly recommended.

In the case of the Libby Affair, the military plays no part. Domestic matters are left to people like Agent Daniels, who operate on the opaque fringes of the world stage; no first names required.

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As Cephus, to Forever Mastadon, Agent Daniels is a Vatican insider who leaks Papal matters. He provides advanced notice of where the Pope is going and what his agenda is. Keeping track of the Pope is one of “their” obsessions. And it is because of this usefulness, that Cephus/Daniels/Rogue is being brought into the inner circle, not of FM but the mysterious World Agnostica Unlimited.

Agnostica has not made the connection between the name Cephus and the bible; had they dug a little deeper they would have discovered that Cephus was Noah’s fourth son, Noah representing God’s greatest display of omnipotence; all of Satan’s (best) vanquished in favor of God’s (hand picked), i.e. The Flood.

 

Inside a building on Via Catone, not in one of Rome’s finer neighborhoods, Cephus has been summoned to the top floor. There is no elevator to confuse what number that floor would be. Elevators were not invented in the 19th century A.D. and judging by the well-worn Italian granite steps, by centuries of heavy use, it is in accord with the outwardly abandoned appearance on this sleepy public way.

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Be it at four or five stories, the steps end at the top, yet the mean temperature has dropped with every level, from a moderate 16 outdoor degrees Celsius to minus 2, below freezing, without the assistance of compressed ammonia.

Daniels/Cephus will set aside any possible explanation for later, having been met in the hall by Canisso/Wolfgram, dedicated defender of “The Great Deception”.

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 27

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…very famous, very nice gentlemen and 3 others; spent two days, three nights in Holy seclusion…

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“That is I, Mary Joseph Franks, of the Holy Mothers of Augustinians………..Willard Libby is my sister’s boy.”

“Knock me over with a feather.”

“I am the Director of Retreats.”

“Retreats? We were under the impression that your—nephew—came to Sunday mass here.”

“Oh no, we are not a functioning place of worship. People come here to fast and pray, get closer to Our Lord Jesus.” Mary Joseph is serious about the mission of this Augustinian Order.

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“By the way, these are my colleagues, Miss Fanny and Mr. Martin Kamen of the University of Chicago.” They bow in turn. Sister Franks gives the ecumenical sign of peace. “What was Willard Libby doing here the week of December 3rd?”

 

The erstwhile nun is busy paging through a 24 inch square registration tablet.

“He was retreating with a Mr.(Enrico) Fermi and a Mr.(Billy) Graham, very famous, very nice gentlemen and 3 others; spent two days, three nights in Holy seclusion.” She was guessing about that last conclusion.

“One other of them gave me the willies, Wolfgram, Vincent Wolfgram was his name. There was a coldness about him, flashed an official looking badge in my face, did not stay overnight and refused to sign the guestbook.” That she would not think well of every soul that passed through the doors of this sprawling estate is surprising.

“Oh my, how can I forget, my word… and they were joined by Cardinal Stritch, the Archbishop of Chicago, I have heard many wonderful things about him… and the fifth man was an emissary from The Vatican, yes, Ernesto Pacelli. We were so honored to have them here.”

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“Did Willard tell you why they chose Tolentine to meet?”

“He did mention something about a message from the Holy Father. Can you imagine my nephew and Pope Pius?”

The CCI band of investigators is taken to the south wing of Tolentine, where the men in question spent the majority of their time.

Trying to do her best not to raise suspicion, Constance appears to wander aimlessly through the halls, looking for tangible clues left behind by the men. She checks all the waste baskets she can find, not exactly an ordinary thing to do.

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY ~Forever Mastadon~


 MAJOR PLAYERS

  • Constance Caraway – private investigator from Tallahassee Florida
  • Fanny Renwick – partner to Constance, a seamstress by day
  • Martin David Kamen – a Chicago professor who hires Constance Caraway & Associates to find a friend and colleague
  • Willard Libby – scientist from the University of Chicago who is kidnapped
  • Eddie Dombroski – Chicago taxi driver who picks up the girls at O’Hare Field
  • Edie Dombroski – Eddie’s wife
  • Sam Rubin – Libby/Kamen associate from UC-Berkley
  • Agent Daniels – CIA operative who is assigned to investigate The Libby Affair
  • Ace Bannion (Ajax Bannion) – airplane pilot and old friend of Constance
  • Billy Graham – as himself
  • Pentateuch – Satan the Prince of Darkness
  • L Dick Cannon (Langston Richard Cannon) – founder of The Church of Spiritual Engineering
  • P. Joseph Winters – Businessman disguise for Pentateuch
  • R. Worth Moore – Tallahassee attorney who hires Fanny (falls in love)
  • World Agnostica Unlimited – Satan’s corporation
  • Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Budding filmmaker (wife Jennifer)

LOCALES

  • TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
  • CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
  • THE LAKE OF FIRE
  • ROME, ITALY
  • THE VATICAN
  • OLYMPIA FIELDS/TOLENTINE MONASTERY
  • 33 NORTH LASALLE
  • PALMER HOUSE HOTEL
  • WASHINGTON D..C.
  • THE CHICAGO STADIUM
  • OCONOMOWOC LAKE/EAGLE WISCONSIN
  • DANFORTH LODGE/VALENTINE ESTATE
  • COMISKEY PARK

SUPPORTING CAST 

  • Pope Pius XII – (Eugenio Pacelli)
  • Ernesto Pacelli – emissary & brother of Pope Pius XII
  • Cardinal Stritch – participant at Tolentine Summit
  • Enrico Fermi – Italian atomic physicist
  • McGraw-Hill – textbook publishers
  • Vincent Wolfgram (Canisso) – associate of Pentateuch
  • Eddie’s Cousins and stories
  • Frank Herman – truck driver for Schneider Trucking
  • D. Louis Steinberg – the Superintendent of Elgin State Mental Hospital
  • Nurse Koch – mental hospital psychiatric nurse
  • President #33 Harry s Truman
  • Elvis & Kelly – Fanny’s abductors & Edie D.’s kidnappers
  • Betty Black – Downstairs neighbor to Connie & Fanny
  • Molly – family dog (Yellow Lab)
  • George Lewis – Lewis State Bank
  • Agatha & Angus Ambrose – clients of Attorney Moore defrauded out of money
  • Ross Malone – Deputy Attorney General (DOJ)
  • Gilbert Conroy – FBI Science/Technology – Ops Division
  • Polly Pabst – Proprietor of Blue Ribbon Diner, Eagle Wisconsin
  • Sarah Sauer – Head Librarian @ Oconomowoc Public Lbrary

 AGENT DANIEL’S ALIASES

  • Born: Jesse James – In Northfield, MN
  • Agent Daniels – CIA Agent investigating the organization Forever Mastadon
  • “Cephus”  – his alias as a “plant” inside FM
  • “The Rogue” – his CIA codename
  • Bernard Spencer – American electronic specialist / Vatican Communications Department

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EDDIE’S COUSINS

  1. Wilfred – invented the Paddleboard
  2. Harold – owns White Castle stock
  3. Jimmy – from Berwyn – has many connections – plane got shot down in WWII
  4. Johnnie – son has polio
  5. Georgie – owns a place on S. Western Ave.
  6. Hilbert – crop-duster from Sandwich Illinois
  7. Rex – from Western Springs & horse-drawn carriage partner
  8. Elston – Concessionaire at Comisky Park

 

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THE LIBBYITES

Willard Libby (makes sense)

Billy Graham (ditto)

Sister Mary Joseph (lucky charm)

Dr. Louis Steinberg (lucky doc)

Constance Caraway (fearless leader)

Fanny Renwick (right-hand gal)

Martin Kamen (faithful Libby friend)

Agent Daniels (man of many names)

Eddie Dombroski (taxi driver/storyteller)

Edie Dombroski (dedicated to Eddie)

Ajax Bannion (fearless flyer)

R Worth Moore (legal eagle)

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY ~ Forever Mastadon~

The 1st Pope (Peter)

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G.K. Chesterton

“When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it. All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.”

― G.K. ChestertonHeretics

Peter, the First Pope