Dennis E. Power
expanding upon The Amazing Lanes by Win Eckert
The story of
In 1931, in
prevent unscrupulous characters from making a connection between
Margo, Cranston arranged for twenty-year-old Margo to be legally
adopted by Dr.
Reinhardt Lane, who was also an "associate" in Cranston's
the man Margo knew as Lamont Cranston, closed up his operations in New
City and prepared to depart for the mystic land of Shamballa. He left
with a gift, and their son
above is an excerpt from Mr. Win Eckert's The Amazing Lanes.
uncovers the truth of
David was the daughter of a African-American activist and missionary
Claire and Jemal David. Topsy St. Claire was a former slave who jes
grew into a
leading voice for African-American rights. Her early childhood is seen
in the volume Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Topsy
adopted by Miss Ophelia and carried on the tradition of religious and
advocacy. Jemal David's real name was James Douglas and he was the son
Douglas of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures
He could not accept his father's friendship with the ward of a slave holder and so left his family and changed his name. He became a bounty hunter and then a Wagonmaster, leading ex-slaves out west to start communities freed of racial strife. It was on one of these trips he met Topsy St. Claire. She tamed his wild nature.
Part of their family history can be viewed at Hammer of Freedom-The Henrys
Because of her parent's constant traveling, Eula Silver had been raised
by nannies at their
Jeremiah Cross made a modest fortune in
Noah Cross was about thirty-five years old in 1909. He was a well connected if not well liked business man and city official. His city job was actually a front for his control of the political machinery of the city. Noah Cross seduced his fifteen year old cousin, Eula, who was by all accounts a mature and quite beautiful fifteen. He set her up as his mistress. Having a mistress was not an uncommon practice for a man of his stature in that time and place, that his dusky mistress was his cousin was unusual but he denied that relationship.
When Eula became pregnant, Noah became furious. He kicked her out of her apartment and cut her loose without a penny. When she threatened to go to the press, he had her shut up in a bordello. As soon as the baby was born, he made certain that she earned her keep. Eula out of shame never returned to her home, her parents never knew what became of her. Yancy began an investigation that ended up with his death in an alley.
Cross left New Orlean shortly after that, relocating to
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