B & M & Sons
J. Titus Bloemkamp and his trusty sidekick Mr. Marvelous first met on the transoceanic ship, the "Bellerophon," where they spent a choppy winter stowing away below decks beneath sacks of potatoes. Bonding over shared loves of transmogrification and hot apple cider, the curious couple arrived on the blustery shores of northeastern Canada where they invested their remaining guilders in an ill-fated whaling expedition off the coast of Greenland. Penniless and homeless, the unlikely duo made their way into the newly-opened American west where, with Mr. Marvelous' underworld connections, they were able to launch a successful snake oil business, marketing their miracle cures to bored housewives and underage butterflies under the unimaginative brand name "B&M&Sons."
They both died childless; Bloemkamp of dysentery and Mr. Marvelous of a putrified wound sustained in an argument over cards in a Kansas saloon some years later.
Story by Aaron Greyson
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