The document looks into just one of the repercussions of Jack The Ripper undertaking a First-Aid course in the Fall of 1888 and subsequently not committing the horrendous series of murders for which he became infamous worldwide. Namely, it focuses upon the fact that over 150 non-fiction books have been published on the subject of Jack The Ripper including theories on the identity of this notorious butcher of street workers.
Thus, the argument follows, that in a Ripperless world there would be at least 378,500 more trees that would escape pulping to produce the Ripper narrative and true identity theories.
What follows is the document released by The History Maintenance Commission. It is a troubling read and should not be undertaken by anyone with anxiety issues or of a nervous disposition:
PROBABLE LOCATIONS FOR SOME OF THE EXTRA 378,500 TREES IN A WORLD WITHOUT JACK THE RIPPER.
- Ctufts Dog Show initially at The Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington and later at Olympia. To say that these trees dogged the show would be an understatement. In the world as we currently know it the show lasts four days, in a Jack The Ripperless world, with the extra trees, it could last four years with each contestant feeling obliged to sniff and then christen each tree upon the Crufts course. (Olympia will also stage The Horse Chestnut of the Year show.)
- Ballrooms – previously unencumbered dance ballrooms are highly likely to become the location for some of these extra trees. This is likely to stump the progress of potential dancers, particularly of The Waltz. For instead of repeating the ‘One – Two – Three’ beat and moving to this rhythm it will become necessary to learn the ‘One – Two – Tree’ beat as by the third step the likelihood of smashing into the trunk of one of these sturdy growths has massively increased.
- Doctors Surgeries – A visit to the Doctors will become more difficult still in a Ripperless world as not only will patients have to endure the difficulty of obtaining an appointment, but upon entering the consultation room they are likely to find the spot opposite their GP occupied by a tree. This could cause all sorts of problems as Doctors are likely to be influenced by its presence to diagnose more cases of Limes Disease, refer patients for sap tests and write sycamore notes. The only advantage to be derived from these circumstances is that if a tree goes down with Dutch Elm Disease it is likely to benefit from an early diagnosis.
- Public Houses are very likely to be the location for several of these extra trees. Meaning that patrons will have to be careful when they order a pint of blackthorn, or say that they are having whatever you are having as the yew could be having an infestation of termites at that particular juncture. Also, young people could well have to show that they are over the legal age to drink alcohol not by displaying an identity card but by allowing the landlord to count how many rings they have.
- Cinemas – Many screens throughout the UK could well be blighted by the presence of a tree in the auditorium blocking the middle part of the picture. Thus Ben Hur will attract trainspotters due to being renamed BR and E.T. The Extraterrestrial will have the legal fraternity queuing for tickets to watch the first prosecution of an alien in E.T. The Trial.
- The Labour Party Conference in Brighton in 1969 is likely to be dominated by an Apple Tree refusing to budge for others to make speeches on the podium. It will assist the party with reaffirming its core values, although at the same time offering encouragement to splinter groups and possibly form allegiances with party bigwigs Hardwood Wilson and Anthony Wedgwood Benn.
- David Livingstone
- Florence Nightingale
- Guy Fawkes
- Horatio Nelson
- Intelligence Department
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel
- Jack The Ripper
- King Arthur
- Richard III
- Robert The Bruce
- Sir Walter Raleigh
- THE HISTORY MAINTENANCE COMMISSION
- The Magna Carta
- Warwick The Kingmaker
- William The Conqueror