Sean helped Gavin recover from his month long bout of amnesia.
Mike and Helen, in Port Headland, made contact with Robert BF McKenzie, mining engineer and friend of Arthur McWhirr. Professor Dodge made introductions. From McKenzie they learned that McWhirr died in 1921 from influenza, tragically before he could return to follow up on his findings. About 18 months agao a man that sounded like Dr. Huston had come to him and asked to see McWhirr’s notes and photos. He absconded with them, the scoundrel. All he didn’t get was one journal and 4 photos which McKenzie had given to Professor Cowles. McKenzie had long memorized the coordinates of the stones, which he shared. Dodge and McKenzie got out maps and Dodge planned a route to the coordinates and began making preparations for their expedition, including buying two light Daimler trucks in Cuncudgerie for which he needed funds.
Sean and Gavin arrived Port Headland. The all spent some time gathering information:
- Gold bearing reefs occur eastwards for hundreds, maybe thousands of miles.
- Deadly snakes exist in the deep desert
- There was a big mining disaster far to the east, but the company responsible paid off the politicians and the whole thing was covered up. Some twenty-five men were killed, among them Derby Dave the Welshman, who did some work for Mortimer Wycroft. This was a while ago.
- A crazy American bloke took a crew of two dozen men into the bush, had them dig a shaft thirty feet deep, then told them to stop, gave them a big bonus, and sent every man to Darwin to collect his pay. This was a while ago.
- Some drovers who brought in beef over the Canning stock route swore that things the size of bears stole some of their cattle. That was “about a year ago”. The attacks were alleged to have taken place somewhere east of the Percival Lakes.
- The Slatterys, who live out by Dingo Falls, are quite unfriendly and should be avoided
- An American gentleman named Jonh Carver conducted surveys and exploratory diggings along the Canning stock route.
- There’s been a ghost seen up North recently near Dingo Falls. Old Mad Ginger Muldoon claims to have encountered it.
- Three huge birds were seen in the area about two weeks ago, must have been twenty feet at the wing.
- The American fellow who dug the mine shaft in the sand and the American John Carver are one and the same. His outfitting was done by Mortimer Wycroft, right here in Port Headland.
- A weird, sinister tribe of incredibly tall and emaciated Kooris has been encountered far to the east
- Five of six years ago a bloke claimed to have found big squared off blocks of stone in the desert.
- There is an underground city somewhere in the desert
Visiting Wycroft they found his store to be dilapitated but stuffed with equipment. Three Kooris lounged outside, one with a tatoo resembling the sand bat symbol on his arm. Wycroft did not know a John Carver nor recognize a picture of Huston, at least that’s what the creepy old man claimed.
They snuck into Wycrofts in the middle of the night and got into a fight with the 3 Kooris who were snoozing upstairs. The fight ended when Mortimer started opening up with his 12 gauge from the stairs, convincing them to flee but pretty sure the Kooris were successfully murdered.
The next morning they returned to Wycrofts which was closed. They used the gas pump out front to burn it down, resulting in a TREMENDOUS explosion. Dodge wasn’t too happy when he connected them to this event, but he was convinced to leave for the expedition immediately.
They stopped at Dingo Falls on their way to the desert. There were 3 caves, one of which had human bones deep inside. There were scraps of clothing but the boots were missing. They buried them and camped a little ways away since it was late. Father Mike saw a figure in the darkness in the middle of the night that disappeared when investigated. Was this the ghost of Dingo Falls?