By Maurice Merchant, Editor-in-Chief
12/1- The past few weeks have been hard for us here at the Blackwood Gazette. It is with great regret that I must confirm that one of our own, Adella Chatelaine, has officially been declared missing by Imperial Authorities.
It had been my hope to make this announcement myself, but when Minister McAndrew mentioned it during his written address last week, our offices were flooded with inquiries about Miss Chatelaine’s whereabouts. There have been questions about her status since her articles stopped during the middle of Tenth Month last year, but the uproar last week grew too loud to ignore.
The truth is that I have received three more missives from Miss Chatelaine after her final article. They are unpublished, and will remain so for the time being, both at the behest of the Authority and as a matter of personal discretion. The missives are frightening in nature, and point to a severe breakdown in Miss Chatelaine’s sanity, as well as the sanity of those in her party.
The Authority assures us that they are investigating the matter thoroughly, and that they will keep us up to date as details are discovered. I must admit that it does little to assuage our grief. Miss Chatelaine was more than a colleague and a friend to us here at the Gazette—she was family, and we pray for answers regarding her ultimate fate, if not for her safe return.