These stories were not just isolated pranks or whimsies in regional newspapers, not even fads or trends; but were emblematic of much broader cultural currents. The American Romanticism and Transcendentalism movements were at full bore, rejecting the corruption of modern society and yearning for the perceived purity of ancient Eastern cultures, of which Egyptian and Tibetan were among the most revered. Howard Carter would not discover Tutankhamen's tomb for another thirteen years; but at the time of the Arizona Gazette article, there were already celebrity Egyptologists trumpeting news of the Valley of the Kings to the West.
Besides Carter, Theodore Davis and Edward Ayrton were household names, delighting American audiences with traveling exhibitions of marvels from the enlightened ancient East. This syncretism of petrified ancient Americans, primeval natural wonders, and the romanticized view of Eastern mysticism was very much influenced by the neopagan and New Thought manias that were sweeping America at the turn of the twentieth century.
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It was no less unexpected for a newspaper to report an Egyptian find in Arizona then, as it is for one of today's Hollywood celebrities to tout the benefits of an organic detox today. When viewed within its proper historical context, the inevitability of a claimed Egyptian tomb underneath a popular American landmark like the Grand Canyon cannot be overstated.
So when we proceed to investigate the historicity of Kincaid's Cave, it is not with a misguided expectation of simple fact vs. What treasure might be found is not golden urns in a cave, but insight into why and how Americans were so eager for such a story, and eager to please one another by concocting it. Today, a few online communities persist at belief in the cave's literal reality, generally echoing the same overtones of conspiracy mongering that we've grown accustomed to hearing from alternative historians.
In their view, official channels have covered up the evidence of Kincaid's cave to protect some orthodox view of human history. In fact this would be a bizarre thing for archaeologists to do, as any actual such discovery would make a scientist's entire career.
So enjoy your pulp fiction and its cultural context, and don't get too caught up in any need you may feel to regard it as factual. Considering the trends of the day, my suspicion is that the Arizona Gazette's unknown weaver of high adventure tales would be far happier if you enjoyed his story for what it is, than if you instead dismissed his creativity and mistook it for bookkeeping.
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But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun. One of his new acquaintances at Followdale House is dead; another is a killer. As the story begins, a lonely woman vanishes while out on her morning run. Then a year-old girl never returns from a walk. An old man disappears too. Before , when Harvey took over a lunchroom above the train station in Topeka, Kansas, a traveler on railroads beyond Kansas City faced a vast food desert hundreds of miles long.
Or you could risk food poisoning at a whistle stop along the way. By , though, you would find a Harvey House, a top-grade eating establishment every hundred miles along the line. And you got good value for your seventy-five cents dinner, for Harvey Houses were known for slicing their pies into four pieces instead of the usual six.
You can find other books and stories in my Calendar Mystery series at www. The office door opening that afternoon startled Minty Wilcox and she almost looked up to see who it was.
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Indeed, George Mathison, the manager of the Kansas City branch of the Price Investigations Agency, was quite strict about the office staff keeping busy, especially Minty, the newest member of the staff. Not that there was much work to do at the moment, no one there to take dictation from, no operative reports to type, no papers to file.
Still, Minty closed the black book, a favorite of hers that she liked to reread that time of year, and hid it in her top desk drawer. After that, she began typing furiously at her ancient blind-strike Remington typewriting machine. A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog , she typed.
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A quick. But once he starts filling Minty in on the details of the case, some of the information sounds strangely familiar. The delightful, creative, and charming January Jinx introduces a terrific character in Minty Wilcox, a good old-fashioned cozy mystery persona who will surely be able to carry the planned-for series. The writing is appropriate for the historical setting without ever being gimmicky or archaic. The unique setting of Kansas City is full of flavor that never overwhelms the story and the characters.
So I launched a Google search and found out that sure enough she could. Written in the voice of a sympathetic older woman, it offers the business girl advice on twelve issues. These include behaving properly in the work place, getting along with her boss, living away from home, forming friendships, taking care of her clothes, and managing her money. Now, one of the things I love about researching and writing historical fiction is making happy discoveries like this one. In this instance, I soon realized that Minty Wilcox, newly graduated from high school in , would have read The Business Girl.
She never married, perhaps because she, like the business girl Mrs.
I have two photographs of my aunt Melicent when she was young. Here she is, looking eager and perhaps a little nervous about her future when she graduated from high school, and some time later, looking serene and confident as the business girl. Inside the New England Building. When I began researching and writing my calendar mystery series set in Kansas City around a hundred years ago, I decided to place the detective agency my heroine Minty Wilcox works for in the historic New England Building, a handsome brownstone seven-story structure with a distinctive oriel on its southwest corner.
It was the first building in Kansas City to have elevators. When I visited that building several years ago, I climbed the stairs inside to the third floor and looked around. Still, taking a leap of imagination, I decided to place the agency in the third floor office that had the oriel. This location served me well for the end of January Jinx and all of Fatal February. However, once I started Mischief in March , I realized I would have to know the interior layout of that two-room office suite because in the course of the first part of the book, it would become a crime scene!
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, an exquisite poster of the building showing four of its seven floors, and the original architectural drawings offered limited help. Particularly troublesome was that pesky oriel. Was it big enough for a chair? I wondered, or just for a Boston fern?