Dancing Suite, part 2: The Consequences of Flight, 16/19

Dancing Suite, part 2: The Consequences of Flight, 16/19

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The Consequences of Flight (15895 words) by Tournevis
Chapters: 18/19
Fandom: Murdoch Mysteries
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: William Murdoch/James Pendrick
Characters: William Murdoch, James Pendrick, Julia Ogden, Inspector Brackenreid, Georges Crabtree, James Gillies, Dr. Roberts (Murdoch Mysteries), Thomas Edison, Auguste Lumière, Gustave Eiffel, Marcel Guillaume, Antoine Lumière, Alphonse Bertillon, Louis Lumière
Additional Tags: A host of OCs - Freeform, A host of historical figures, Diary/Journal, Fake Academic Essay, Historically Accurate, Bycicles
Series: Part 2 of The Dancing Suite

The following is taken from a recently defended Master’s cognate in History entitled « The Consequences of Flight : The Rediscovered Diary of a Canadian Homosexual in the Late-Victorian Era. »

The Murdoch Diary, part 2:


24 and 25 June 1900

24 June, Sunday

Looking back at this journal I find that the harder the events, the least I write here. The last week confirms this observation. It certainly has been filled with worry. James tries. His mood is fragile. We took Guillaume's counsel to heart and he resigned his previous clients, both boys. He has not found any new client, man or woman, which means he remains home through the day. Our situation would certainly lead better men to drink. James tries, but darkness pulls at him. Not only have we lost his small wages, but we lost mine as well.

The perpetrators at the Bank, a floor manager and a first-level accountant, were indicted Thursday last and I was "renvoyé ^1 ^" the next morning. Mr Duponnois spoke on my behalf to the Bank's board, and arranged to let me keep all my earnings since April. It is part of the agreement between the Sûreté and the Board of directors; the whole affair is being kept confidential, my pseudonym apparently secure, and the Bank believes I was part of the investigation from the first ^2 ^. I met the Juge d'Instruction ^3 ^yesterday afternoon. I do not know if he knows all the particulars of our actual situation. Perhaps not; he did not mention it. Rather, he scolded me for not having declared myself as a policeman on foreign soil upon my arrival. But perhaps he knows more about the situation: before I left the Quai des Orfèvres ^4 ^, he handed me permanent residency papers, for both James and I, under our true names. He did this without comment, as an aside as he shooed me out of his office and thanked me for my service.

We must conclude that Guillaume, or more likely his father-in-law at his behest, interceded on our behalf to the authorities. Could it be? How else would we have avoided arrest for our pseudonymous presence in France? The Law being immutable, who else could have organized this reprieve?

We must now once again make employment our primary concern.

25 June, Monday

A boy knocked at our door just now with a message ordering us to the commissariat ^5 ^. It was signed my the station chief, not by Marcel Guillaume. We are anxious, of course. Hopefully these words will not be this journal's last entry.

  1. Murdoch was "let go".

  2. There is, in fact, no trace of these events in the Paribas public record.

  3. In the French judicial system, a Juge d'Instruction is a magistrate responsible for judicial investigations. As an investigating judge, they oversee indictments and the initial stages in a prosecution.

  4. 36, rue des Orfèvres not only houses the Sûreté de Paris's headquarters, it also houses the Palais de Justice, Paris's central courthouse, including the High Court.

  5. The village of La Chapelle's former mairie, i.e. its town hall, was constructed in 1845. When the village was amalgamated into Paris in 1860, the building was transformed as the neighbourhood's administrative centre , also housing three schools, a courthouse, and its commissariat, i.e. the police station. The town hall fronted on rue de la Chapelle (now rue Marx-Dormoy). However, by 1900, most of the police station's activities had been moved nearby at 65, rue Philippe-de-Girard. An apartment building now stands at the site of the police station.

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