It’s early January 1925.
Here’s some newspaper clippings to give you all a sense of what’s to come…
Big Apple Dateline
ROGER CARLYLE, the playboy whom everyone knows – or knows about – is quietly leaving New Yawk tomorrow to check out the tombs of Egypt! You’ve seen the cuties ROGER has found in the nightspots. Who can doubt he’ll dig up someone – er, something – equally fabulous from the Egyptian sands?
-KNICKERBOCKER JOURNAL, April 4,1919
CARLYLE EXPEDITION DEPARTS FOR ENGLAND
Led by the fabulously wealthy wealthy playboy, Roger Carlyle, the Carlyle expedition departed this morning for Southampton aboard the luxury British steamship Imperial Standard.
Contrary to earlier reports, the expedition will perform research in London under the ausoices of the Penhew Foundation before continuing to Egypt nexct month.
Readers may recall the enormous party which Mr. Carlyle, now 24, gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel upon reaching his majority. Since then, scandals and indelicate behavior have become Carlyle’s trademark, but he has never become tarnished in the eyes of Manhattanites.
Members of the expedition have been reluctant to reveal their purpose in Egypt.
OTHER EXPEDITION MEMBERS
Renowned Egyptologist Sir Aubrey Penhew is assistant leaderof the expedition and in charge of excavations.
Dr. Robert Huston, a fashionable “Freudian” psychologist, accompanies the expedition to pursue parallel researches into ancient pictographs.
Miss Hypatia Masters, linked in the past to Carlyle, will act as photographer and archivist.
Mr. Jack Brady, intimate to Mr. Carlyle, accompanies the group as general factotum.
Additional members may be secured in London.
-NEW YORK TIMES, April 5,1919
CARLYLE DEPARTS EGYPT
CAIRO (AP)-Sir Aubrey Penhew, temporary spokesman for the Carlyle Expedition, indicated Monday that the leaders are taking ship to East Aftica for a well-earned rest.’ Sir Aubrey debunked rumors that the expedition had dis- covered clues to the legendary wealth of the lost mines of King Solomon, maintaining that the party was going on safari “in respite from our sandy labors.” Roger Carlyle, wealthy New York leader of the expedition, was unavailable for comment, still suffering from his recent sunstroke. Discussing that unfortunate incident, local experts declared Egypt entirely too hot for Anglo-Saxons at this time of year, and suggested that the young American had not been well-served by his democratic enthusiasm, rumored to have led him to personally wield pick and shovel.
-NEW YORK TIMES, July 3,1919
IMPORTANT VISITORS ARRIVE IN EAST AFRICA
MOMBASA (Reuters) – Leading members of an American archeological expedition arrived here on holiday from digs in Egypt’s Nile Valley.
Our Under-Secretary, Mr. Royston Whittingdon, held a welcoming dinner for them at Collingswood House, where the wit of Sir Aubrey Penhew, expedition leader, was much in evidence.
Accompanying Sir Aubrey are two Americans, youthful financier Roger Carlyle and medical doctor Robert Huston.
The party leaves inland tomorrow, for Nairobi and hunting.
-NEW YORK TIMES, July 24,1919
CARLYLE EXPEDITION FEARED LOST
MOMBASA (Reuters) – Uplands police representatives today asked for public assistance concerning the disappearance of the Carlyle expedition. No word of the party has been received in nearly two months.
The group includes wealthy Manhattan playboy Roger Carlyle and three other American citizens, as well as respected Egyptologist Sir Aubrey Penhew of the United Kingdom.
The expedition left Nairobi on August 3, ostensibly on camera safari, but rumor insisted that they were actually after legendary Biblical treasures.
Carlyle and his party reportedly intended to explore portions of the Great Rift Valley, to the northwest of Nairobi.
-NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 15,1919
ERICA CARLYLE ARIVES IN AFRICA
MOMBASA (Reuters) – In response to clues, Miss Erica Carlyle, sister to the American leader of the lost Carlyle Expedition, arrived in port today aboard the Egyptian vessel Fount of Life.
Several Kikuyu-villager reports recently have been received concerning the putative massacre of unnamed Europeans near Aberdare Forest.
Miss Carlyle declared her intention to find her brother, regardless of the effort needed. She brought with her the nucleus of a large expedition.
Detailing agents to coordinate supply and other activities with Colony representatives, Miss Carlyle and the remainder of her party depart for Nairobi tomorrow.
Her companion, Mrs. Victoria Post, indirectly emphasized Miss Carlyle’s purposefulness by recounting the rigors of the voyage aboard the Semite ship.
-NEW YORK TIMES, March 11,1920
CARLYLE MASSACRE CONFIRMED
NAIROBI (Reuters) – The massacre of the long-missing Carlyle expedition was confirmed today by district police representatives.
Roger Carlyle, New York’s rollicking playboy, is counted among the missing.
Authorities blame hostile Nandi tribesmen for the shocking murders. Remains of at least two dozen expedition members and bearers are thought found in several concealed grave sites.
Erica Carlyle, Roger Carlyle’s sister and apparent heiress to the Carlyle family fortune, led the dangerous search for her brother and his party. She credited Kikuyu tribesmen for the discovery, though Colonial police actually found the site.
Among other expedition members believed lost are Sir Aubrey Penhew, noted Egyptologist’; New York socialite Hypatia Masters, and Dr. Robert Huston. Many bearers are also reported dead.
-NEW YORK TIMES, May 24,1920
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Five Nandi tribesmen, convicted ringleaders of the vicious Carlyle Expedition massacre, were executed this morning after a short, expertly-conducted trial.
To the end, the tribesmen stubbornly refused to reveal where they had hidden the bodies of the white leaders of the expedition. Mr. Harvis, acting for the Colony, implied throughout the trial that the massacre was racial in motivation, and that the fair-skinned victims were taken to a secret location, there to suffer the most savage treatment.
Miss Erica Carlyle, defeated in her efforts to rescue her brother, left several weeks ago, but is surely comforted now by the triumph of justice.
-NEW YORK TIMES, June 19,1920
‘AIDA’ GALA ANNOUNCED
Miss Erica Carlyle and the Italian Ambassador, Signor Giovanni Albertini, will be co-hosting a gala reception following the Metropolitan Opera performance of Aida on January 24. Tickets are available through the Opera Guild.
- NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 18, 1925