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Thorne. Thorne was created by “Victor Rousseau,” the pseudonym of Victor Rousseau Emmanuel (Jim Anthony, Ivan Brodsky, Clifford, Ronald Gowan, Phileas Immanuel, King of Knaves, King’s Courier, Professor MacBeard, Isabel Marston, Dr. Martinus, Pennell, Shawm, Mr. X), and appeared in a number of stories in a number of magazines from 1927 to 1931, beginning with “Thorne, the Throne-Maker” (The Danger Trail, Oct. 1927).
Thorne is an Afghani Fighter. He is “a political officer in the employment of the Indian Government,” and so is “perforce a specialist in matters pertaining to his own line of endeavour,” which ranges from “Thibetan” theology to temple practices in Bhutan. But his primary role is to secure the Indian frontier and keep its peace, whether from white men with evil desires or from the variety of natives, who want to throw off the shackles of the British Empire. Sometimes Thorne’s duties send him as far west as Teheran and as far east as the China Sea.
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