The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise

Latimer Naseby


Finding Mr Faraday.

Beneath The Cellars Of Paris.

An Unholy Apparatus.

The Storm Foreshadowed.

Lord Appleyard’s Recollections.

A Rum Tale.

A Stranger In The Village.

The Wreck of The Plassy.

Mr Wheatstone’s Notebook.

A Perfect Crime.

A Note About The Author.

Latimer Naseby is an administrator living and working in Winston City, British Nebraska. He studied steam hydraulics at Brunel’s Institute of Pneumatic Traction in Swindon before joining His Majesty’s Civil Service. He is known to be fond of cats and he has claimed that he could not live without his Optical Telegraphy account.

A Note About The Scientists.

Michael Faraday first came to the notice of history as an assistant and valet to Sir Humphry Davy. He was an astute if not particularly deep thinking mathematician. He is credited with the documentation of some of Davy’s work on the isolation and refining of flammable gases. In later life he made a detailed study of magnetics and electricity, subjects he later abandoned. . Having thus expended his scientific stock of goodwill on such a futile and ultimately dangerous side-show entertainment, he entered the church as a clergyman. His declining years were spent in obscurity.

Charles Wheatstone was a British scientist and engineer who studied at Stevenson College and later at the University of Stockton. He is noted for his early work into the resistance of electricity to being transmitted over great distances. History does not record the date of his death, but it is widely assumed to have been around 1863, the date of his disappearance. Were it not for the sensational circumstances of his disappearance it is doubtful he would be remembered to this day.

RJK Wilson, now known as Lord Appleyard, is celebrated as one of the Empire’s greatest living engineers and also as an admired administrator. He is currently the Viceroy of the British Americas, having risen from a very humble background. Many who do not know his name do, however, look upon his work daily. Without his patented Velocigraph they would not know how fast their carriages were travelling.

Dr Hepzibah Jamieson is now mostly known for her work with IK Brunel. Her work on the mechanical/optical properties of such materials as selenium is celebrated by engineers to this day, as it made much of the technology of the Optical Telegraphy System possible. Mr Naseby further hopes to resurrect the name of this now-forgotten scientist by the release, in this book, of certain hitherto unknown information.

Despite all of his work on the sciences of acoustics, telegraphy and optics, AG Bell is now only remembered as a calculating mass murderer. Although this fact cannot be denied, it is perhaps now time to re-examine his contribution to our modern society.

The illustrious name of IK Brunel appears in this publication, but it is felt that so great man needs no further introduction.


Interior View, The Atrium,  Brunel’s Institute of Pneumatic Traction, Swindon, Great Britain