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The Soils of Seneca

The Soils of Seneca

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Published by Bruce Essar
N.Y.C. is bankrupt and has to sell off Central Park. But what ancient spirits rise and combine to prevent the land from being sold?
China bought up the debts of the West during the torrid financial crises of the late 2000's, and then called in their loans and exert their new authority.
N.Y.C. is bankrupt and has to sell off Central Park. But what ancient spirits rise and combine to prevent the land from being sold?
China bought up the debts of the West during the torrid financial crises of the late 2000's, and then called in their loans and exert their new authority.

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1.
A Secondary Modern School close to Birkenhead Park, North West EnglandThe morning of March 28
th
2012
There is a thin veil which separates us from other dimensions of existence.
The
crocodil
e
of pupils dawdl
e
d into t
he
scruffy and run-down classroom atBirk 
e
n
he
ad Park S
e
condary Sc
h
ool. Simon D
e
mont t
he
G
e
ograp
h
y t
e
ac
he
r was standing wit
h
 
h
is back against t
he
larg
e,
plat
e
glass window t
h
at look 
e
d out onto a drizzl
e
gr 
e
y Birk 
e
n
he
ad.
T
o day s
eve
ral pupils
h
ad r 
e
turn
e
d to t
he
sc
h
ool from a trip to C
h
ina
,
on
e
suc
h
pupilwas Br 
e
ndan O¶R 
e
illy.
The
sam
e
young man was marc
h
ing t
h
roug
h
t
he
door wit
h
a rucksack slung low across
h
is back. H
e
caug
h
t t
he
young t
e
ac
he
r¶s star 
e
.H
e
spok 
e
as
he
walk 
e
d to an
e
mpty d
e
sk 
,
³W
he
e
you on X Box Assassin¶s Cr 
ee
d on-lin
e
last nig
h
t sir?´ H
e
ask 
e
d c
hee
kily.³Good trip Br 
e
ndan was it? Er y
e
s I was on
,
 
h
ow did you know?´³Easy p
e
asy sir 
,
your gam
e
nam
e
D
e
mont Ford µcos you dri
ve
a Ford car.´³Cl
eve
r Br 
e
ndan
,
cl
eve
r. W
e
ll y
e
s I was
,
but w
h
o ar 
e
you
,
w
h
at is your gam
e
nam
e
Im
e
an?´³A
h
t
h
at would b
e
t
e
lling.´³Com
e
on fair is fair.´
The
tall pupil was unsur 
e
and falt
e
e
d
h
is r 
e
spons
e
.³It is
Te
agu
e
land
e
rs sir!´ D
e
an Gr 
e
y int
e
rrupt
e
d triump
h
antly.³H
e
y Gr 
e
y don¶t say my gam
e
nam
e
wit
h
out my p
e
rmission you fr 
e
ak.´ Br 
e
ndan wasannoy
e
d wit
h
t
he
class clown¶s outburst.³O
h
t
h
at is you? Wow you ar 
e
 
ve
ry good
,
 
ve
ry skill
e
d wit
h
a sword.´³
Th
ank you sir 
,
you ar 
e
not bad
e
it
he
r.´A sort of mutual r 
e
sp
e
ct b
e
gan to build b
e
tw
ee
n t
he
class l
e
ad
e
r and t
he
young t
e
ac
he
r.Simon
h
ad on
e
mor 
e
qu
e
stion b
e
for 
e
 
he
b
e
gan t
he
l
e
sson
,
³W
h
o is t
h
at Jobo
,
anyon
e
youknow?´Br 
e
ndan O¶R 
e
illy s
h
ook 
h
is
he
ad slowly
,
 
he
kn
e
w w
h
o Simon w
h
o was talking about.Jobo was always on t
he
n
e
t and a mast
e
r at a numb
e
r of action gam
e
s Br 
e
ndan
h
ad play
e
d on.H
e
was n
e
arly always t
he
 
h
ig
h
scor 
e
r no matt
e
r w
h
ic
h
gam
e
.³
Te
agu
e
land
e
rs w
h
at is t
h
at about t
he
n?´ Simon ask 
e
d as
he
approac
he
d t
he
ass
e
mbl
e
dclass.³It is
ve
ry old Englis
h
slang sir 
,
it m
e
ans Iris
h
man.´Simon
h
ad b
ee
n t
e
ac
h
ing for fi
ve
y
e
ars
,
a car 
ee
r turn t
h
at was not
e
xp
e
ct
e
d w
he
n
he
l
e
ftUni
ve
rsity in England wit
h
a 2-1 pass in G
e
ograp
h
y and Economics. In fact D
e
mont¶s mot
he
would
h
a
ve
b
ee
n
h
orrifi
e
d if s
he
could s
ee
just w
he
e
 
he
now was.
The
City b
e
ckon
e
d
h
im in2007 to b
e
com
e
a Bank 
e
r and L
eh
man Brot
he
rs mad
e
an off 
e
he
could not r 
e
fus
e
. Lif 
e
wasgood ± for around two mont
h
s.
The
n t
he
financial s
h
it
h
it t
he
financial fan and t
he
story of t
he
Bank¶s d
e
mis
e
was now part of 
h
istory and a
h
it Broadway musical.
 
Du
e
to
h
ig
h
un
e
mploym
e
nt rat
e
s t
he
UK Go
ve
rnm
e
nt off 
e
e
d fast track rout
e
s into
e
ducation
,
and lik 
e
many ot
he
rs
,
Simon was fac
e
d wit
h
littl
e
c
h
oic
e
. A
he
fty mortgag
e
andd
e
 bts m
e
ant t
h
at
he
n
ee
d
e
d to find an incom
e
quickly. So now in 2012
he
found
h
ims
e
lf standing b
e
for 
e
tw
e
nty
e
ig
h
t r 
e
 b
e
llious and acn
e
-ridd
e
n misfits w
h
o
h
ad littl
e
int
e
e
st in t
he
 g
e
ograp
h
y
he
was about to try and t
e
ac
h
t
he
m ± or so
he
t
h
oug
h
t.³Alrig
h
t stud
e
nts l
e
t¶s calm down and pull out our books s
h
all w
e
T
o
h
is surpris
e
t
he
 coll
e
cti
ve
did just t
h
at and sil
e
nc
e
e
ign
e
d. Wit
h
out d
e
lay t
he
t-s
h
irt
e
d t
h
irty som
e
t
h
ing brok 
e
 into
h
is l
e
sson plan. ³
T
o day w
e
ar 
e
going to look at t
he
Park.´³W
h
ic
h
Park sir?´³Birk 
e
n
he
ad Park 
,
Samant
h
a.´ H
e
answ
e
e
d imm
e
diat
e
ly.³Boring!´³W
h
y so
,
Br 
e
ndan?´³B
e
caus
e
sir w
h
at do
e
s t
he
Park 
h
a
ve
to do wit
h
us?´ Br 
e
ndan O¶R 
e
illy was t
he
  brig
h
t
e
st
,
y
e
t most disrupti
ve
button in t
he
class; if 
he
was not k 
e
 pt int
e
e
st
e
d t
he
n
he
couldruin a l
e
sson. Br 
e
ndan was still w
e
aring
h
is woolly skull cap. But und
e
r t
h
is
he
sport
e
d a soft plastic µsplat cap¶ mad
e
by t
he
Fulong Corporation.
Th
is was an inno
v
ation in gam
e
playingcompatibility ± O¶R 
e
iily¶s smuggl
e
d booty from C
h
ina.³W
e
ll list
e
n up Br 
e
ndan b
e
caus
e
t
he
e
is mor 
e,
muc
h
mor 
e
to t
h
at patc
h
of gr 
ee
n
ve
ryclos
e
by to us.´³Y
e
a
h
t
h
at¶s w
he
e
O¶R 
e
illy picks up
h
is µfri
e
nds¶ on dark nig
h
ts for som
e
µfun¶´
The
 class jok 
e
r D
e
an Gr 
e
y pip
e
d up
,
t
he
w
h
ol
e
room laug
he
d in unison.³Enoug
h
t
h
ank you D
e
an.´³Y
e
a
h
s
h
ut it Gr 
e
y!´
The
off 
e
nd
e
d O¶R 
e
illy t
h
e
at
e
n
e
d from b
eh
ind.³Or w
h
at you misfit
,
ar 
e
you going to randomis
e
m
e
wit
h
your p
h
oton wizard sp
e
lllaunc
he
r?´ D
e
an Gr 
e
y mad
e
e
e
e
nc
e
to O¶R 
e
illy¶s known obs
e
ssion wit
h
 
v
id
e
o gam
e
  playing.Simon s
h
ow
e
d som
e
aut
h
ority wit
h
a rais
e
d
v
oic
e,
³Alrig
h
t!
The
l
e
sson to day boys l
e
tus conc
e
ntrat
e
on t
he
subj
e
ct s
h
all w
e
? As I was saying Birk 
e
n
he
ad Park is a sp
e
cial plac
e,
doyou know w
he
e
it
h
as a link to
e
ls
e
w
he
e
in t
he
world?´³Is it N
e
w York sir?´ A
v
oic
e
s
h
out
e
d out.³It is. W
h
o
e
ls
e
kn
e
w t
h
at?´
The
e
was no r 
e
spons
e
as Simon alr 
e
ady f 
e
lt t
he
pupils w
e
e
switc
h
ing off;
he
 continu
e
d anyway
,
³So
,
lying on t
he
following co-ordinat
e
s -3.037899 longitud
e,
and53.393896 latitud
e,
t
he
park co
ve
rs an ar 
e
a of just und
e
r 125 acr 
e
s.
The
sit
e
c
h
os
e
n for t
he
  park was part of t
he
Birk 
e
n
he
ad Estat
e,
own
e
d by a Mr. F. R. Pric
e
.
The
land was low lying
,
 a mixtur 
e
of fi
e
lds
,
mars
h
and commons
,
and contain
e
d a small farm
h
ous
e
w
h
ic
h
was aknown b
ee
r d
e
n w
he
e
ill
e
gal gambling and dog fig
h
ting took plac
e
The
m
e
ntion of ill
e
galacti
v
iti
e
s struck a c
h
ord wit
h
many of t
he
und
e
r ac
h
i
eve
rs in t
h
is coll
e
ction of t
ee
nag
e
rs froma d
e
 pri
ve
d ar 
e
a of t
he
Nort
h
W
e
st of England.³Dog fig
h
ting sir?´³Y
e
s Martin canin
e
brawling. Can I carry on?
The
park is laid out wit
h
lak 
e
s
,
fi
e
lds
,
 gard
e
ns
,
rock 
e
ri
e
s and pastur 
e
land and it could
e
asily b
e
a cond
e
ns
e
d layout of a sort of myt
h
ical country.´
 
³Myt
h
ical? W
h
at Birk 
e
n
he
ad Park?´³Exactly
,
but t
he
e
is muc
h
mor 
e
to know
,
Birk 
e
n
he
ad Park is acknowl
e
dg
e
d to b
e
t
he
 first publicly fund
e
d park in Britain. It was t
he
for 
e
runn
e
r of t
he
Park's Mo
ve
m
e
nt and itsinflu
e
nc
e
was far r 
e
ac
h
ing bot
h
in t
h
is country and abroad - most notably on t
he
d
e
sign for C
e
ntral Park 
,
N
e
w York.´³My dad
h
as b
ee
n t
he
e
sir.´ L
e
ticia Brown stat
e
d from t
he
front of t
he
class.³W
he
e
Birk 
e
n
he
ad Park 
,
did
he
go to m
ee
t Br 
e
ndan and
h
is gam
e
rs?´ D
e
an Gr 
e
y wastaking any opportunity to goad again.³Just wait Gr 
e
y
,
you¶ll s
ee
.´ Br 
e
ndan snarl
e
d from t
he
e
ar of t
he
room.Simon D
e
mont continu
e
d wit
h
 
h
is not
e
s ignoring t
he
br 
e
wing f 
e
ud
,
³
The
land was purc
h
as
e
d c
he
aply b
e
caus
e
of its poor quality
,
and work to con
ve
rt it b
e
gan imm
e
diat
e
ly. Itwas
v
irtually compl
e
t
e
by autumn 1846 but t
he
official op
e
ning of t
he
park was d
e
lay
e
d until5t
h
April 1847
,
in ord
e
r to coincid
e
wit
h
t
he
op
e
ning of t
he
Birk 
e
n
he
ad Dock Compl
e
x.
The
  park was op
e
n
e
d by Lord Morp
e
t
h
and was
v
isit
e
d on t
h
at day by an
e
stimat
e
d 10
,
000 p
e
opl
e
³
Th
at¶s mor 
e
t
h
an
T
ranm
e
e
Ro
ve
rs g
e
t on a good day sir!´³Y
e
s Simian a larg
e
crowd. Do
e
s anyon
e
know w
h
o d
e
sign
e
d t
he
Park?´ Again t
he
e
 was no r 
e
spons
e
from t
he
class. ´It was d
e
sign
e
d by an Englis
h
Landscap
e
r call
e
d Jos
e
 p
h
 Paxton w
h
o
h
ad b
ee
n c
h
os
e
n to d
e
sign t
he
n
e
w Birk 
e
n
he
ad Park.´³C
h
os
e
n by w
h
om sir?´³Er I am not sur 
e
Martin
,
I s
h
all find out for you if you ar 
e
int
e
e
st
e
d?´³O
h
I am sir.´Sudd
e
nly t
he
e
was an
e
xcit
e
d int
e
rruption from L
e
ticia Brown
,
³W
e
li
ve
in
h
is
h
ous
e
 sir.´³W
h
os
e
 
h
ous
e
³Jos
e
 p
h
Paxton¶s Lodg
e,
 
e
h
ous
e
t
h
ingy.´³Do you L
e
ticia
,
 
h
ow do you know t
h
at?´³My dad w
e
nt down into t
he
bas
e
m
e
nt and t
he
e
ar 
e
all t
he
s
e
strang
e
signs and markson t
he
walls. H
e
want
e
d to paint o
ve
r t
he
m but som
e
dud
e
from t
he
Council cam
e
around andsaid
he
couldn¶t.´³Strang
e
signs w
h
at do you m
e
an?´ Simon was int
e
e
st
e
d now by t
h
is µl
e
ft fi
e
ld¶information.³I dunno just w
e
ird symbols and t
h
at. O
h
y
e
a
h,
and a box t
h
at w
e
can¶t op
e
n
,
or mo
ve
.W
e
ird stuff 
,
you know.´
The
e
was a sil
e
nc
e
as t
he
information was
he
d o
ve
r t
he
list
e
n
e
rs. It was brok 
e
n byD
e
an Gr 
e
y
,
³Oooo
h
Brown is a witc
h,
a co
ve
n in
he
r c
e
llar. Put a sp
e
ll on Br 
e
ndan to mak 
e
 
h
im normal!´
The
e
was uproar of laug
h
t
e
r again.Br 
e
ndan O¶R 
e
illy stood to
h
is rat
he
r tall six foot t
h
ee
and look 
e
d s
e
rious
,
³You do not
eve
r jok 
e
about t
h
at typ
e
of t
h
ing D
e
an. You could
e
nd up wit
h
s
e
rious
,
s
e
rious probl
e
ms.´H
e
purpos
e
fully r 
e
mo
ve
d
h
is wooly
h
at to
e
xpos
e
t
he
w
e
ird plastic cap and wir 
e
s co
ve
ring
h
is s
h
a
ve
d
he
ad.

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