Wednesday, November 20, 2013

#1758: Marine Links MI-3 Mariners’ Peg bBoy Morse to Third Coast Chicago, Peshtigo Fires

Plum City – ( United States Marine Field McConnell has linked a 19th century matrix of Morse Code peg-boy operators – later and allegedly deployed by William ‘Intrepid’ Stephenson through the MI-3 Master Mariners Livery Company – to the synchronized ignition of fires along the Third Coast of the Great Lakes in Chicago and Peshtigo on October 8, 1871.

McConnell notes that peg-boy communications experts are well positioned for man-in-the-middle attacks and insurance frauds of the type presumably executed in the 1871 Great Chicago Fire by David “Ship Jumper” Cameron’s great, great grandfather Alexander Geddes (cf. "Had it not been for this safe, I would have gone bankrupt").

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MI-3B = Livery Company patent-pool supply-chain users of Privy Purse and Forfeiture Fund Marcy (Forfeiture Fund – KPMG Small Business Loan Auction – Con Air Medical JABS)
+ Inkster (Privy Purse – KPMG tax shelter – RCMP Wandering Persons – Loss Adjuster fraud)
+ Interpol (Berlin ‘41-‘45 – Operation Paperclip Foreign Fugitive – William Higgitt – Entrust)
+ Intrepid (William Stephenson – GAPAN, Mariners patent pools – Wild Bill Pearl Harbor 9/11) +Baginski (Serco Information Technologists Skynet sodomite mesh, KPMG Consulting Tillman)

MI-3 = Marine Interruption Intelligence and Investigation unit set up in 1987 to destroy above

McConnell’s Book 12 shows agents in his Marine Interruption, Intelligence and Investigations (MI-3) group mingling in various OODA exit modes with agents of the Marcy Inkster Interpol Intrepid (MI-3) Livery protection racket based at Skinners’ Hall, Dowgate Hill.

Prequel 1: 

MI2 F3 @ 6&7 4 CSI Skinners Hall - Chapter 10

Prequel 2: Alexander Geddes - The Great Chicago Fire - Competition in the Insurance business

“The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about 3.3 square miles (9 km2) in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Though the fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century, Chicago was rebuilt and continued to grow as one of the most populous and economically important American cities. The fire began the same day as several other fires destroyed towns and forests in Wisconsin and Michigan.” 

“The Peshtigo Fire was a forest fire that took place on October 8, 1871 in and around Peshtigo, Wisconsin. It was a firestorm that caused the most deaths by fire in United States history, with reported deaths of around 1,500 people,[1] or possibly as many as 2,500.[2] Occurring on the same day as the more famous Great Chicago Fire, the Peshtigo Fire has been largely forgotten.[3][4]On the same day as the Peshtigo and Chicago fires, the cities of Holland and Manistee, Michigan, across Lake Michigan, also burned and the same fate befell Port Huron at the southern end of Lake Huron as well.” 


In 1871 Peshtigo, on the eastern shore of Wisconsin along Lake Michigan, was a rapidly expanding frontier village. Lumber was the new "King" of industry in the area and people were flocking to the settlement for jobs and new homesteads. Many came from the New England coast of the US and Eastern Canada. Due to the extensive population loss (estimated at 800 people just from Peshtigo village alone) and the absolute, total destruction of the village at nearly the center of the conflagration, the disaster was dubbed "The Great Peshtigo Fire". HOW DID IT START?

No one knows, even today, with all the sophisticated technology available to go over the data and documents of that time, there was no singular starting point uncovered. The year had been very dry, and the abundant moist wetland areas (cedar swamps) had dried completely, making the usually moist peat bogs into tinder. Also, the hardwoods had shed their sparse leaves early and these leaves had dried completely. The evergreens had suffered much needle loss and this caused a thick carpet of dry needles on the dense forest floor.

Lightning is not considered to have played any part. People were not careful about fire, even with the ominous conditions around them. For months before "the Great One", trains' sparks started small fires, hunters and fishermen left campfires smoldering, homesteads had large outdoor bonfires to clear dead branches and stumps, sawmill wastes of bark and sawdust were dumped into diminished river and creek beds or at roadsides; even used as winter insulation around the foundations of village homes. None of these actually went so very far, but fires had broken out in the woods and around the villages for months and smoldered as far as 5 feet underground in the abundant dried peat beds. For weeks the air was filled with smoke, that was so thick and extensive, ships on Lake Michigan, miles from the Wisconsin and Michigan shores, had to use their fog horns, or rest at anchor far out in the lake. The smoke was as thick as heavy fog. There had been forest fires of much smaller intensity and all had burned out with limited danger to villages, but the isolated and uncounted homesteads dotting the thick forest were quite aware of the damage.

During this time due to the extended drought, itinerant preachers traveling through the area had preached that the end of the world was upon them all; hellfire and damnation. This was a determining factor in keeping many a person and family from seeking refuge in time. When the great fire came, they thought certainly this was the end of the world and would not move. Those attempting to save them often perished trying.

By October 8, having smoke and smaller fires was so commonplace that still others no longer feared a great holocaust would come before winter snows. Prevailing theory at this time is, that the huge area around the upper great lakes exploded into spontaneous fire all at once because conditions were just right and many smoldering points were handy to ignite the wind blown dryness. A weather front from the west brought high winds. The many fires grew, spread and converged to what is called the Great Peshtigo Fire. No one fire could have covered such an area in that time span or have grown into such a huge holocaust. Weather historians, using archives as a baseline , and adding information from recent decades, now offer a plausible theory. Meteor showers in Autumn are common in the upper great lakes. In recent years these showers have left burning chunks scattered over the entire region, some large enough to break through the roofs of homes and out buildings, starting fires in dry fields and wooded areas. With the tinder dry conditions present throughout the entire region on the night of October 8, 1871, such a meteor shower would easily have started what seemed like spontaneous fires in numerous places of Wisconsin, Michigan (upper and lower), and Illinois (the Great Chicago Fire). With the continuous thick smoke from smoldering smaller blazes already blanketing the land, and the unusually hot weather of that time making residents seek shelter inside their homes early in the evening, the meteors that entered the Earth's atmosphere could not easily be seen. This certainly would account for the sudden eruption of numerous blazes over the vast area at exactly the same time.”

“Sir William Samuel Stephenson:
Inventor, Innovator, Industrialist, "Intrepid"
A paper presented at the Inaugural Meeting of the Intrepid Society.
Colin J. Briggs, Ph.D. 
5 June 1995

I would like to thank Mr. Davy and his Committee for inviting me to give a presentation at this, the inaugural meeting of the Intrepid Society. Everyone here is familiar with the goals of this organization, which has been established to increase awareness and establish a memorial museum or commemorative display and archives to honour a Manitoban who attained prominence through his inventiveness and business achievements, but whose greatest contributions to the world of the mid-20th Century were completely anonymous. I refer of course, to Sir William Stephenson, who played a major role in Intelligence in the Second World War. Sir Winston Churchill appointed him as Director of British Security Coordination in the Western Hemisphere and personal representative to President Roosevelt. In this dual capacity he strove for anonymity, operating under the code name of "Intrepid". It is appropriate that we should be honouring this man this year, 50 years after the end of the 2nd World War. He made major behind-the-scenes contributions to the success of the Allied Forces in that conflict.  

By any standards, William S. Stephenson was a remarkable individual. His biography records that he was born in the Point Douglas district of Winnipeg on January 11, 1896, the son of a pioneer family. His great- grandfather, Donald, had come from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1780. William was a fourth generation Manitoban, and his family operated a lumber mill. His father, also William, was killed while serving as a volunteer with the Manitoba Transvaal Contingent in South Africa. William was only five at that time, but many consider that the loss of his father at this early age contributed to his growing up assertive and self-reliant.

At the turn of the century, Winnipeg was growing rapidly. It was a progressive city and had an important position in trade and commerce. It had some excellent schools, one of which was Argyle High School, which William Stephenson, Jr., attended. He was an avid reader and a good student. He excelled in mathematics and in projects requiring manual dexterity. His teachers recognized that he had a great ability to apply himself to whatever project was his priority at the time. His primary sports activity was boxing and it was at Argyle School that he obtained the grounding which later resulted in his winning the Interservice Lightweight World Boxing Championship.

As a teenager, William had little time for hobbies. However, he was fascinated with radio and he enjoyed making and using radio transmitters and receivers. He was competent with the Morse telegraph and used it to communicate with operators in other parts of Canada. He was particularly enthusiastic about his ability to exchange information with radio-officers on ships in the Great Lakes. These were mobile locations and were more interesting to a young amateur radio operator that fixed land-based transmitters.

In 1914, William Stephenson volunteered for the Royal Canadian Engineers. He was sent to France as a Private and earned a Commission in the field at the age of 19. Gas attacks were common in the First World War, and William Staphenson was a victim. He was returned to England as an invalid "Disabled for Life". He recovered, but was still unfit to return to the trenches.

He turned down an administrative desk job and decided to join the Royal Flying Corps. It is not clear how he convinced the medical examiners that he was fit to fly, but he was successful, and following five hours of training as a pilot, ha returned to France. Stephenson had an outstanding record as an analytical combatant. He shot down twenty-six planes, and was known for his ability to recognize the tactics and aerial skills of his opponents. He was decorated several times for his military achievements, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Military Cross, and from the French, the Legion of Honour and the Croix de Guerre with Palms. William Stephenson's active flying combat career came to an abrupt end when ha was shot down by what is known today as "friendly fire" (i.e. his own side!). He was wounded and taken prisoner in July 1918. He was taken to Holzminden Camp from which he escaped in October 1918. He returned to his squadron in France and finished the war as a senior test pilot. 

After the war, William studied at Oxford and the Aeronautical College, subsequently returning to Winnipeg where he taught Mathematics and Science at the University of Manitoba. In 1921 Stephenson returned to London for a brief visit, which, in fact, extended for about 19 years. While in Winnipeg, he had maintained his interest in radio, and was convinced of the potential of commercial wireless. He believed that he could use his inventive capacity to develop a niche in this expanding and potentially financially rewarding industry. He was involved in the Government operated radio station in Manitoba which pre-dated the British Broadcasting Corporation by a couple of years, but was a similar concept. With Lord Beaverbrook, Stephenson was to be one of the individuals involved in establishing the BBC as a national, license-funded radio system, partly based on the provincial model.

In London, Stephenson re-established contact with William Gladstone Murray, a Canadian former fighter pilot who became Director of the Public Relations for the BBC. To make radio more popular, accessible and successful, they agreed that there was a need for reliable, reasonably priced receivers suitable for home use by people with little or no interest in the technology of radio reception. Staphenson decided to satisfy this requirement and started his radio empire with the purchase of controlling interest in the General Radio Company. This company manufactured radios, and under his direction, the low cost, popular sets were sold to thousands of consumers. He developed a process which enabled photographs to be transmitted electronically, and in December 1922 the Daily Mail published his first picture in which this process was used commercially. Stephenson patented this, and several other unique processes in a relatively short time.

Stephenson's innovative skills and business acumen made him a millionaire by the time he was thirty years of age. His patents on radio inventions were extremely lucrative, and he invested his funds well, particularly in the areas of communication, including the early days of TV and the British film industry. He was involved in the aircraft industry and a plane developed and built in one of Stephenson's factories won the King's cup air race, the premier flying event of the mid 1930s. He was also associated with the development of the Spitfire, the fighter plane which was to achieve such success in the defense of Britain in the early part of the war.

Stephenson diversified into coal mining, oil refining, steel fabrication and other industries, trading on a world wide basis. He had many dealings with Germany and as early as 1933 he was expressing concerns about Hitler and the developments in Nazi Germany. Stephenson provided Winston Churchill with much of the data acquired on Germany's developing advanced communication systems and on the millions of pounds being spent on armaments. This information was presented to Neville Chamberlain by Churchill, in the form of questions in the House. lt had bean acquired in the course of normal business research by Stephenson's companies, but it was William Stephenson who had recognized the significance.

Stephenson had become friends with H. G. Walls who predicted the future wars would be like the science fiction of the 1930s, and the primary defense would be information obtained and distributed rapidly. We saw this situation in Desert Storm, but sixty years ago it was conjecture. Stephenson agreed with Wells' concept and was concerned when he saw or heard about secret communication developments in Germany. ENIGMA, the German coding machine for messages was in use in 1934. It was several years before the coding system was solved. Stephenson had commercial connections with ITT which manufactured communications systems for the Nazis. It was this contact which made him aware of Enigma soon after its introduction.”


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