10th March 1924

We started today rather later then I would of liked. I guess the rigours of travelling, not to mention a filling meal and some local whisky, had caught up with us.It was noon before the Professors and myself arrived at the library. Lizzie was indeed a great boon: intelligent and helpful. She informed us that there were no records of either of the missing men booking out any books but while she had searched Liz remembered that two American gentlemen had visited the library some months ago and asked her if the library had a book on Roman temples. Lizzie had also found two news articles that featuring Hancock and Chisholm. These were not about their disappearance but concerned their previous visit to Africa. Chisholm’s account, including mention of leeches as big as horses, seemed particularly nightmarish.I spent a frustrating the afternoon in vain attempt to identify MacBain. Prof. Deveraux had more luck looking into the myths associated with Mt. Mulladoch. In fact he might have had too much luck as he dug up a wealth of legends and superstitions ranging from ghosts and faeries to werewolves and a dragon said to be living in the loch. One old story that did get our attention however was that, in pre-roman times, the local druids carried out strange rituals involving snakes where they seemed to take upon themselves snake-like qualities or even inter-breed with them. This, of course, brought to mind the passage in the MacBain letter where he talks about studying with ’serpent people’. Could the ancestors of these druids still be active in this modern era? Prof. Davies identified that Cannich fell within the Diocese of Inverness and ‘Struy’ Church was tended by a Father Andrew McBride.

We could have spent several more days at the library looking into various aspects of the case but I think we were all eager to get to Cannich and start taking a more hands-on approach to the situation. For a small fee Lizzie was prepared to do research for us. I commissioned her to look into the local papers for any mention of Cannich. Any results she would send via telegram to the Cannich post office which, from our talk with Inspector MacDougall the day before, I had learnt was run by a man called Tammas McGiver.

Upon our return to the hotel we found that Dr. Ewers and Mr. Snydder-Scott had obtained all the provisions we needed. Tomorrow we will head to Cannich and hopefully into the heart of the mystery.


Margo

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