December 9, 1888
1) And the morning headache because of it! I heard that bad things are coming my way. Thank you, messengers, fly off now and be safe. Alone, I'll get in good enough shape for this.
2) Christmas, bloody Christmas.
3) There is but one story from the expectant mother to the wounded son.
4) It's not important now whether "It began long ago" or "Now it begins." The worthy puzzle is when it ends and how to end it.
5) The red message contains no mystery.