Re: Top secret missive to E. Lane; strictly confidential

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Posted by Dutch Trader on August 19, 1998 at 03:39:58:

In Reply to: The Dutch Trader ... The French Trader ... and Hawkeye the Traitor posted by E. Lane on August 18, 1998 at 15:07:07:

Dear Partner,

So good to hear from you again. Has your trip to Can-Tuck-ee been profitable? Please say hello to Rich Fed from me?

Brilliant move it is, this last message from you. I am quite sure we will have succeeded to throw those nosy Courier reporters off the trail of our more shady underground business activities by now. They have all gathered elsewhere in Mohicanland to report on the outbreak of the "Trade War".

Please give my regards to my respected rival, the French Trader (I'm eagerly awaiting that lovable rascal's next move! A la main, Julien, mon ami!). Maybe you would be so kind to inform him that I have managed to struck a deal with his Huron friends. Their handicrafts will soon be available at my Trading Post. Furthermore, thanks to your reliable sources, I managed to acquire some exceptional new trade items. The fine quill work on them is truly outstanding. Our sources implied they may be the work of the French Trader's Ottawa wife. Is he at all aware that she is running her own frontier trading business behind his back?
Ah! Life is so much more interesting and fun when there is some good competition around!

Yes, my dear E., I am very interested in the stolen French furs, scalps, illegal tea and smuggled Madeira. Excellent work! I knew I could trust you for a job well done. The usual place, at midnight?

Your good friend, and loyal partner,

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