Posted by E. Lane on August 19, 1998 at 06:07:10:
In Reply to: Re: Top secret missive to E. Lane; strictly confidential posted by Dutch Trader on August 19, 1998 at 03:39:58:
: 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,
Dear friend and partner,
Glad you received my message. I feared the courier would be set upon in the forest by some overzealous colonial patriot.
My trip to Can-Tuck-ee went very well, thank you. I managed to get hold of some quality goods for you; corn, salt pork, flour, sorghum, and Rum. You should be able to turn these for a handsome profit as I've heard the Mohicanland colonials are in dire straits since that Foo-Foo Doper War. Their crops were ruined and supplies exhausted. Now's the time to sell!
I also had some interesting news about Hawkeye ... I'll tell you when we meet.
Yes, a successful diversion! The Courier people have their attention on the Trade War now. Ha ha! What fun ... whilst they run about
seeking scoops on the rivalry, we get to carry on our black market activities unmolested! Isn't free commerce great?
I have heard the French Trader is gearing up to out sell you. He's engaged in some power trades with the Seneca, hoping to acquire goods that are currently in high demand. Be on your toes! His Ottawa wife has more quill work if you're interested.
Yes, we'll meet at the usual place. I'll bring the smuggled goods. Don't you love a shady deal?
Take care. Will see you at midnight.
Your Partner in Trade Crime
PS I heard David Gamut was asking about you.
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