Later, it seems, he and one companion boarded the yacht and tried to manage her, but were beaten about by the storm of April 2nd, From that time till his rescue on the 12th the man remembers little, and he does not even recall when William Briden, his companion, died.
Briden’s death reveals no apparent cause, and was probably due to excitement or exposure
Cable advices from Dunedin report that the Alert was well known there as an island trader, and bore an evil reputation along the waterfront, It was owned by a curious group whose frequent meetings and night trips to the woods attracted no little curiosity; and it had set sail in great haste just after the storm and earth tremors of March 1st.
Our Auckland correspondent gives the Emma and her crew an excellent reputation, and Johansen is described as a sober and worthy man.
The admiralty will institute an inquiry on the whole matter beginning tomorrow, at which every effort will be made to induce Johansen to speak more freely than he has done hitherto.
This was all, together with the picture of the hellish image; but what a train of ideas it started in my mind!
Here were new treasuries of data on the Cthulhu Cult, and evidence that it had strange interests at sea as well as on land.
What motive prompted the hybrid crew to order back the Emma as they sailed about with their hideous idol?
What was the unknown island on which six of theEmma‘s crew had died, and about which the mate Johansen was so secretive?
What had the vice-admiralty’s investigation brought out, and what was known of the noxious cult in Dunedin?