Down Cthulhu, The Occult Wars
From Rathbone’s personal collection
digging tools for 12 men
Literature: Millwright’s handbook, Rob’s Medical Book, book on Mayan history, book on British Honduras history and geography
Port, brandy, cigars
3 carbide lanterns with 2 tins carbide
Iluminati requisition, London
1500 rounds ammo
2 sets block and tackle
10 Henry Martini rifles
3 medical kits
Adventurer’s Club grant, London
6 tarps, each 10′ × 10′
search and rescue kit
matches, flint and steal
300 pints oil
2 weeks canned food for 12
Iluminati NY requisition
1500 rounds ammo
5 Henry Martini rifles
3 climbing kits
2 boxes dynamite
Camp gear: 2 Outfits (Rick/Billy; Fritz/Mundabi), 2 ten man tents (bearers; guards), 4 two man tents (mugs; animal handler/sills; contact; doc/Horatio)
6 sets fishing tackle
1 month rations for all
Native animal handler
12 bearers/diggers, native
Sils and 2 mugs
Rick’s letter to Thompson of the Brit Museum
To: Edward Maunde Thompson, Principle Librarian, British Museum
From: Dr. Sir Richard Rathbone, University College London
I write to you this morning with great consternation and under emotional duress over a matter of a personal nature. To get to the point, as gentlemen should with one another, I am in sudden need of partial funding for an expedition into the jungles of Hondurus. Miskatonic University will be providing much of the funding as well, and I will supply much of my own equipment of course.
You are fully aware of my studies for a time at Miskatonic, mostly under Professor Wilkerson. As you know, I was also mentored by a Professor Hughes. Though he and I had a falling out over a purely personal matter, I have nothing but respect for the man professionally and love personally. It is for the sake and perhaps lives of he and his daughter for which I take up this endeavor and request the Museum’s assistance.
Hughes foolishly took his innocent daughter into the jungle in search of lost Mayan ruins and none have been heard from since. I have been asked directly by Wilkerson and affirmed by Miskatonic to lead the search party in hopes they remain alive.
It is for this that I request a grant on regrettably short notice. I only received Wilkerson’s letter this morning and wish to leave in not more than 2 weeks at the absolute latest, preferably 1. I have a staunch friend who I believe to already be in Belize whom I will recruit to get as much as possible prepared for my arrival. I know little about the details as of yet, and likely won’t until I am in the field. Therefore, any time frames and monetary amounts derived from them are only guesswork. I request any and all of the following which Miskatonic does not provide for:
1) Rations for approximately 30 for 1 month
2) Camp gear: 2 outfits, 2 two man tents, 4 two man tents
3) supplemental canned food for 12 for 3 weeks
4) half the film for photographs
5) wages for up to 12 diggers/bearers
6) wages for up to 10 guards
7) fees for up to 14 mules
8) wages, if they require, for photographer and doctor
9) fishing tackle
I do not ask for this in return for nothing, of course: all photos taken with the funded half of the film will belong to the British Museum; I will negotiate on the museum’s behalf the most favorable deal possible with Miskatonic for sharing of artifacts recovered, if any. Also, a public relations aspect: imagine the press over an American university having to call upon a servant of the British Museum and Crown to head into the jungle at a moment’s notice to find their lost professor.
I would not ask this of you so suddenly if it were not a matter so close to me. I have hints that there may be dangerous times in store for me in Hondurus (the nature of which I trust, knowing me as well as you do, you will not press me for) and so must go with all possible alacrity.
Please forward reply to my office at University College.
Your ever faithful friend and colleague,
P.S. I look forward to returning to our discussions over Port on Greek and Latin paleography. They never fail to enlighten.
My dear Richard,
It is good to hear from you, my boy. Your accomplishments have made us all proud. I too look forward to your next visit. I regret taking two entire days to reply to your plea, but I had certain actions to take as I shall explain.
As you are no doubt aware, the museum grant monies are spoken for well in advance and no plea, however eloquent, is going to find money where none is available. However, I thought that such a logical argument deserved a hearing. I also felt that a distinguished gentleman such as yourself should not be left to the tender mercies of colonial scholarship.
Therefore, I called a special meeting of the board of trustees and showed the contents of your fervent message. They immediately voted to provide xyz pounds to your cause; about half of the amount that you would require. I then went to the Royal Geographic Society and was able to acquire the remaining xyz pounds. The bank drafts should reach you by tomorrow.
My apologies for not responding for several days. They have been busy I’m sure you understand. I leave for New York City in minutes and must thank you for what must have been Heraklean efforts (we both know those on the boards of whom I speak). Assure them they will all be thanked with fine cigars by way of my solicitor while I am gone.
As will you, but including a bottle of the finest Champagne from my family cellar as well. My Father will likely deliver this personally so be prepared for conversation over his favorite tea. You know how highly he regards your works for the library and museum.