Welcome to Titus CurtizStarted by The Narrator at Feb 11, 2021 8:35 PM
May 0, 1924
He was heavyset, probably somewhere close to three-fifty, stood five nine with greying hair. His piercing black eye set him apart, but he is congenial enough. He enjoys his students, his collection of Chinese artifacts and antiquities, however, when one collects rarities, it becomes ever challenging to continue the ascent to those items with a much heavier price tag.
It would seem that in pursuit of these rarities, one crosses the line before they know it. Then he began to deal with less savory people to acquire these items. And, while dealing with the lower class of Chinese gangsters he is surprised by an introduction to Chéng Lóng, Criminal boss, Long Zi Tong. At this point, his life begins to change.
Being a highly respected professor he is able to move about freely and quite able to collect items smuggled into the country for Chéng Lóng and in turn gifted with pieces he could not otherwise afford, the best part being his travel is compensated, in other words, he pays his own way to retrieve these items, and is then repaid by Cheng Long in addition to whatever gift is included.
One could say that life was good. He had all one could ask for and possibly more, then he became who he was dealing with. He assembled a small group of people who work under him. It cost money, but then, he was making money smuggling. More money than the President of the University!
He accepted an invitation to an event in the Chinese District commonly referred to as “China Town” though that was never an official title. What it turned out to be was an audience with what could be described as a Shèngrén, or Chinese holy man. A shadowy character named Èyùn Manchu. One who was able to travel between mainland China and the United States at will, and who could provide the right man with the rarest of antiquities. That man, Doctor Titus Curtiz.
The previous entry concerning the professor was not entirely accurate, damning as it was. There is more to this story, far more, and it is not quite as simple as it sounds. One would consider that a man of his age and position would be immune from certain things in life, apparently not, at least in this case.
Another point one would bring up is, why then, would a man of such stature within the community become as deeply involved in the smuggling of antiquities? And, why then, would it be unusual for there to be an exquisite young Chinese to be involved in a course on Chinese antiquities?
You see there are reasons for such things that go beyond a simple explanation of thirst for knowledge, or college credits if the young woman already possesses a vast knowledge of such matters, far more than the professor delivering the course. Yet, she is there daily conceding some difficulty with the course of study, but we shall come to that in due time.
We must start at Professor Titus Cuttz’s beginning with the Chinese community in North Miami Beach. Yes, you have learned of his connections to the underbelly of said community, learned of the manipulators, Tongs, and syndicates, and, of the power behind them all. The singular power who has yet to be mentioned, as it is not Èyùn Manchu, for I am he.