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The Daily Colonial Journal is a newsletter published in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Adventureland. One issue has been printed so far, to coincide with Jungle River Cruise: Curse of the Emerald Trinity.

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Wednesday, December 7, 1932 - Volume XIX No. 25[]

FAMOUS EXPLORER IS DISCREDITED[]

PROF. REED, GRAVE-ROBBER?

The archaeological community has been thrown into a state of disarray today, after a series of allegations have been made against notable archaeologist and explorer, Garrett Reed.

Professor Reed, who has been a notable figure in the field, could not be reached for comment on this story. He is currently deep in an uncharted jungle seeking his next treasure. Namely enchanted stones, legend has it, giving one immortality. The Professor may need some kind of magic he appears to be chasing, with news that his peers are seeking to have him arrested and imprisoned for his alleged crimes.

One such group, the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.) is seeking to have Reed stricken from the various societies and communities to which he belongs. 

It is understood that Reed was once a member of the S.E.A., but was ejected around three years ago. The reason for his expulsion still remains a mystery. This reporter was able to speak to Lord Henry Mystic, a current member of the society, and whilst he would not comment on the reason as to why Reed was expelled from the society, he did have this to say about the beleaguered Reed: “He has always had a knack for the nefarious,” said Mystic. “If these allegations are true, everything must be done to stop him from all future endeavors. The treasures of the past are not something to be pillaged, they are to be preserved for future generations.”

It is alleged that Reed has been pillaging priceless antiques from sites all around the globe, in addition to giving ‘donations’ to various museums after his expeditions. The Professor is known for living somewhat of an extravagant lifestyle, with several properties around the world. The means in which his lifestyle is funded, is something that could become the subject of multiple inquiries. 

However, it is Reed’s current exploration that is of the most concern to one explorer: Doctor Henry Jones. Doctor Jones issues a stark warning: “Reed is after the trinity. One of the most precious and elusive artifacts on the planet. He is dabbling in forces he could not even begin to imagine.” It was Doctor Jones who first alerted the archaeological community to Reed’s alleged nefarious acts. The two archaeologists had been after the same historical find: a solid gold idol believed to be in an ancient temple on the deep, treacherous jungles of Peru. It was Jones who reached the temple site first, claiming the idol. Today, the idol is proudly displayed in the esteemed Museum of Antiquities in California. Whilst accounts at the time claim Reed maintained he was not after the idol, but rather other historical artifacts and to further knowledge of the region. However, Dr. Jones was quick to dismiss this; “He was after the idol. Once I knew he was after it, I knew it would be a race against time to get to it first and make sure it ended up in the right hands.”

Whilst Reed’s current whereabouts (at the time of printing) are currently unknown, it can be surely, only a matter of time until his peers bring him to answer for the allegations that continue to hound him.

Article by Senior Correspondent Andrew Sinclair-Harrison

JUNGLE CRUISE STILL MISSING[]

It has now been three weeks since the Jungle Navigation Company launch, the ‘Ganges Gal’ was reported missing. The vessel that contained seven passengers and one skipper, last made radio communication just outside of the Lost River Delta. The Jungle Navigation Company (JNC), who run the famous ‘Jungle Cruises’, would not make any comment and insisted that the utmost was being done to continue searching the last whereabouts of the voyage.

Cruise services continue to operate as normal however, but the route taken by the Ganges Gal has since been removed from the JNC list of approved cruises. This is yet another setback for the JNC this year, after one of the Jungle Cruise launches was attacked by a group of angry hippos on September 25th. The ill-fated voyage claimed one victim: a new summer hat worn by Lady Haversham, a passenger on the vessel at the time of the attack.

ICE IN THE JUNGLE[]

Local businesswoman Ruby Swift continues to make her mark on the region. Her popular outpost, which opened six months ago, has become a regular stop for hundreds of travellers passing through. However, there is now another unique reason to visit ‘Ruby’s Outpost’. The industrious Mss Swift has invented a machine that can manufacture ice! Yes, it truly has to be seen to be believed! The machine itself is made from recycled parts of old planes and other machines that Miss Swift has cleverly repurposed. It seems that necessity really is the mother of invention. When speaking about her invention, Miss Swift said: “Well, it’s so darn hot here. I wanted an ice tea and I wasn’t going to quit until I could make it happen!” To try this incredible treat for yourself, stop on by Ruby’s Outpost, where you can now purchase delicious, cold beverages.

Ruby’s Outpost - open daily from 10 am - 10 pm, closed on Wednesdays

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THE WEATHER - Hot and humid weather continues to persist throughout the region. Tomorrow, monsoon warning in effect for the next two days.

TOMORROW’S EDITION: Interview with glamorous socialite, Mary Blair

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Indiana Jones[]

The newsletter mentioned Indiana Jones's search for the idol in Peru - a direct reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, while

Mystic Manor[]

Other[]

  • Mary Blair is a Disney artist from real-life.

Trivia[]

  • There are several anachronisms made in the timeline within this journal. The newsletter is dated to 1932, Raiders took place in 1936. The fate of the Peruvian idol is also inconsistent with the events of Raiders, as Indy was forced to surrender it to René Belloq so he could escape. It also makes in anachronism in its allusion to Mary Blair as she would have gone by her maiden-name in 1932.

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