The Royal Janitor
John von John heaved a sigh of relief when Starfish reluctantly obeyed orders to go sit in the car.
“I never saw anyone get so drunk on one beer!” John said.
“There is no history of alcoholism!” Victoria said rubbing her chin with her sleeve, a tell that said she was truly puzzled.
“I think she is faking it. I suspect she has gone off to meet a lover. You know how women are….a lover in every port!”
Victoria was about to take John’s remark under serious consideration. If he had not added “You know how women are” suggesting Miram was a slut. This bit of misogyny would change the course of human history. For indeed Miriam made a beeline for the microfish room at the library of the University of Oregon where a male hand locked the door after she entered.
Now able to carry on a adult conversation, John was able to get at the core of his theory.
“I have uncovered evidence there was a special group of people rescued somewhere on the Russian Swedish border at the beginning of the war. This group may be a cadet branch of the Romanov family, and noble Germans who were invited to settle in Russian by Catherine the great. There is a ancient Viking bloodline in the mix. It looks like another attempt to create a master race. As you know Putin wants to restore Russian nobility and the true orthodoxy. Hitler was hunting for these people in order to install them in the Nazi government in Moscow once Operation Barbarossa was a success.”
“Is that it? Sounds like something you got off the internet. You and your President. Any real leads?”
“Yes. The actor Douglas Fairbanks Junior took part in Operation PQ 17. He and fellow actor, Christopher Lee, appear to have been working the van Rosen family together. Lee was going to marry Henrietta van Rosen. The King of Sweden gave his approval – after offering Fairbanks as a reference. There were investigations going on. ”
“It looks like a double sub-rosa to feel out what the other knows. Did Henrietta spill the beans in a love-making session? You know how women are!”
“Touché!” von John exclaimed. “There is a lead at the Naval station in the old Del Monte Hotel in Monterey. It has been suggested Salvador Dali was secretly smuggling people out of Nazi Germany.
“You’re kidding Dali is one of my heroes. I am a surrealist sculptress.”
“Check out the founders of the WAVES. They say have been processing these people into a relocation program. Don’t take that crazy women with you! You’ll get more done!”
With “done”, Miriam got off the old oak table and looked for her panties.
When Victoria and Miriam approached the Del Monte Hotel, they both exclaimed at the same exact time….”Osborne House!”
Victoria was like a school girl off to boarding school. She was thrilled they would be staying in the Dali Room that was reserved for special guest of the Navy. On the way to see Dali’s strange creations, Miriam came up short, and stood in front of a glass case.
“Oh look! Here’s my and my parents hero!”
Victoria glanced back, and felt faint as the name LEE flashed at her like a neon sign. Creeping towards the display honoring Real Admiral Willis Augustus Lee, she almost fainted – again!
“My parents learned to target shoot from Willey. He holds the record for Olympic gold medals. I’ going to shoot at the 2020 Olympics. I got a silver medal four years ago. I want the gold.”
Victoria wandered in a circle around Starfish, in a daze. She had experienced this when she went to Le Rosey, this getting of second hand information from her best friend who was always in the know long before she was.
“It’s a shame he does not get more attention. It’s the Robert E. Lee curse. My father was a wanna-be Redneck and Civil War buff. He told me all about the pans Britain had to invade the U.S. and win the war for the Confederacy.”
“He’s my kin. I descend from the Lees.” Peeped Victoria.
“Are you shitting me! Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I just found out. I was going to tell you tonight.”
“Damn! We got to go to the range now. You are a natural. I know it!”
“No! I told you – no! I will never pick up a gun. For the record, once again, here……”
“I did it.” Starfish told her best friend.
To be continued
At high noon today I finished reading about my kin, Willis Augutus Lee.
VA president of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Articles of Confederation, and the author of the Second Continental Congress’ famous Lee Resolution, this colonial statesman was one of the major voices in the American colonies’ fight for independence from Great Britain.
In the decade prior to the American Revolution, he held the office of Justice of the Peace in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
During the late 1780s and early 1790s, he served as a U.S. Senator from Virginia.
His marriage to Anne Aylett resulted in four surviving children: Thomas, Ludwell, Mary, and Hannah. With his second wife, Anne Gaskins Pinckard, he had five more surviving children: Anne, Henrietta, Sarah, Cassius, and Francis.
He was a contemporary of American founding father and fellow Virginia statesman Patrick Henry.
PQ 17 was the code name for an Allied Arctic convoy during the Second World War. On 27 June 1942, the ships sailed from Hvalfjord, Iceland, for the port of Arkhangelsk in the Soviet Union. The convoy was located by German forces on 1 July, after which it was shadowed continuously and attacked. The First Sea Lord Admiral Dudley Pound, acting on information that German surface units, including the German battleship Tirpitz, were moving to intercept, ordered the covering force built around the Allied battleships HMS Duke of York and the USS Washington away from the convoy and told the convoy to scatter. Due to vacillation by Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW, German armed forces high command), the Tirpitz raid never materialised. The convoy was the first large joint Anglo-American naval operation under British command; in Churchill’s view this encouraged a more careful approach to fleet movements.
In the middle of the 9th century Novgorod was a name used to describe viking staging posts on the trade route from the Baltic Sea to the Byzantine Empire. There is a theory that in fact it was not Novgorod as misinterpreted by later chroniclers (as stated by dendrochronology, Novgorod was founded only in the middle of X century), but Nevo Gardas – viking settlements on Lake Ladoga, as in one of Nestor‘s chronicles from the 12th century he mentions a lake called “the Great Nevo”, a clear link to the Neva River and, possibly furthermore, to Finnish nevo “sea” or neva “bog, quagmire”. Novgorod was populated by various Slavic, Finnic and Baltic tribes that were constantly at war with one another for supremacy. However, these tribes came together during the beginning of the 9th century to try and form a negotiated settlement to end military aggression between each other. The Novgorod First Chronicle, a collection of writings depicting the history of Novgorod from 1016–1471, states that these tribes wanted to “Seek a prince who may rule over us and judge us according to law.” By transforming its governing institutions, Novgorod rejected its politically dependent relationship to Kiev.
Marxist scholars (e.g., Aleksandr Khoroshev) often spoke of class struggle in Novgorod. There were some 80 major uprisings in the republic, which often turned into armed rebellions. The most notable among these took place in 1136, 1207, 1228–29, 1270, 1418, and 1446–47. The extent to which these were based on “class struggle” is unclear. Many were between various boyar factions or, if a revolt did involve the peasants or tradesman against the boyars, it did not consist of the peasants wanting to overthrow the existing social order, but was more often than not a demand for better rule on the part of the ruling class. There did not seem to be a sense that the office of prince should be abolished or that the peasants should be allowed to run the city.
The Republic of Novgorod was famous for its high level of culture in relation to other Russian duchies like Suzdal. A great majority of the most important Eastern artwork of the period came from this city. Citizens of Novgorod were producing large quantities of art, more specifically, religious icons. This high level of artistic production was due to the flourishing economy. Not only would prominent boyar families commission the creation of icons, but artists also had the backing of wealthy merchants and members of the strong artisan class. Icons became so prominent in Novgorod that by the end of the 13th century a citizen did not have to be particularly rich to buy one; in fact, icons were often produced as exports as well as for churches and homes. However, scholars today have managed to find and preserve only a small, random assortment of icons made from the 12th century to the 14th century in Novgorod.