Elizabeth [Ghost-Story, A]

Elizabeth, twin-brother Noah & best-friend Jennifer walk-home barefoot having-attended 1843 Christmas-Eve celebrations at the Henry J Fate Flour-Mill. Twins are tragically-killed in a 'road-traffic-accident'.

Opening-scene; standing on the dirt-road [NO-pavement/sidewalk] a few steps away from the stone-wall entrance of the Henry J Fate Flour-Mill, camera moves-past gate-keepers [night-watchman’s] wooden-hut [on the right-hand-side] across the cobble-stones toward & through the school-room window.

Moving forward to the table nearest-lectern camera focuses-upon Jennifer & her best-friends Elizabeth & Noah listening-intently to their-employer reading closing Christmas Carol paragraphs... ‘God bless-us everyone’.
Closing the book Henry thanked the children for attending the modest flour-mill seasonal-celebrations; standing quietly, the children dutifully lined-up, thanked Henry & wife Zoë as they collected a token-bonus of nuts, flour...

Walking-home barefoot Jennifer fell-behind a few paces, holding the Royal Oak wall for-balance as she brushed the soles of-her-feet to remove stones that had been hidden under the light-dusting of-snow.

Standing upright she caught-sight of a pair-of-horses impact Elizabeth & Noah, their bodies falling-lifeless on-the-road.

Tolling of single church-bell; screen fades-to-black.

We move to 21st-century with Valerie standing by the Royal Oak wall, husband Allan walking-up behind wife of 30yrs.

Elizabeth is hidden-from-view...

Alive-&-mortal Elizabeth & Noah get to live in the 21st-century.

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37. Wall Street Crash

Elizabeths eldest granddaughter Zoë [meaning life] emigrated to New York & later Canada, taking a job with JP Morgan to make her fortune. Remembering snippets of her grandmother Elizabeths ‘stories’ Zoë correctly informed her boss of the immanent formation of the US Federal Reserve & later the start-of & duration of WW1.

A shrewd business-man JP Morgan employed Zoë believing her to be a psychic who would make & or save him money, maybe even save his life.  

Intervention gave JP Morgan close-to an extra year of life; cheating-death left an indelible-mark that his great-fortune could not compensate.

In his private-correspondence JP Morgan left instructions for 10% of all his estates shareholdings be sold in the first-week of 1929 then a further 50% in the first week of October 1929 [ahead of the Wall Street Crash] citing ‘JPM Entertainment’; investment-fund including Gangbusters radio-show based-upon real-life law-enforcement protecting the public from dangerous-criminals, theme-parks featuring re-enactments & movies with the potential of long-term profits [potentially attracting third-party interests & more monies through a new share-issue].  

Instructions to interview Paul Warburg ahead of his March 1929 bubble-concerns were complied-with & preceded by a 20% shareholdings-sale, as instructed, swelling the Morgan cash-reserve; adding to control of the privately-owned US Federal Reserve.

Elizabeths notification before-the-fact of Paul Warburg being tarnished with Cassandra-slur [doomed to be pilloried as disaster loomed & over-whelmed] sealed the cash-reserve urgency.  

Shares had consistently risen in value for years so building a cash-reserve from the start of 1929 would not attract the attention of the Federal Authorities or press. The Crash covered-up the abandoned & unspecified projects; given JP Morgan had died 16-years before, the bank was deemed fortunate to escape the worst of what followed. Ferdinand Picora, son of a poor Italian-immigrant, prosecuted the JP Morgan Bank citing disproportionately-small taxes paid by the banks fabulously-wealthy directors.

Elizabeths ‘stories’ told to husband Adam, her kids & grand-kids of future-events strangely came true bringing her both celebrity & accusations of being a witch.

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