Wednesday, early morning
Dr. Schmidt triages the three wounded in the hall, bandages Harkov. Leaves to call emergency services, spots mysterious figure duck around corner in the fog.
Paramedics rush Whistler and Harkov to hospital, treating the less seriously injured Hughes and releasing him while Harkov and Whistler go directly into surgery, with Whistler starting to convulse and foam at the mouth before the curtain cuts off the view.
Harkov and Whistler survive, but Whistler loses his left arm to the necrotic venom. Inspector James Barrington showed up to interview the three wounded men, and is tipped off by Harkov to the body of Shipley back at his residence.
Schmidt takes off to search for Harkov’s backpack full of purloined books before the cops arrive at the house (after calling Mahoney from the hospital to tell him about the story), meeting antiquarian Henry Brinded knocking at the door. Together, they search the house, recovering Harkov’s backpack but also discovering a half-devoured head in a stone bowl in the basement’s hidden room.
After meeting back at the hospital and filling everyone in, Schmidt and Hughes return to the Hotel Russell accompanied by Brinded. Note from Gavigan expresses regret at the missed appointment, but Schmidt reschedules and he and Brinded visit the next day with the artifacts from the Ju-Ju House.
Gavigan is intrigued, but not terribly helpful, only able to place most of them as African in origin, and old. The metal bowl and headband he seems to think are made of odd metals, possibly alloys.
He offers to investigate further if they would like to leave the artifacts there; Schmidt declines, but accepts the offer to get in touch should any visiting scholars with appropriate expertise happen to stop by the Foundation.
Back at the hotel, there is a note from Mickey Mahoney, thanking them for the tip on the Shipley House Massacre, and promising payment whenever they stop by the Scoop offices.