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Albert Ebenezer McKenzie owned the ‘new clocks and clock repairs’ shop on the corner of the High Street, in New Babbage City centre. It was there that he used his spare time to create a mechanical assistant, using spare miscellaneous clockwork parts and a discarded child’s stuffed toy. As well as being able to talk and move independently, this robotic assistant also processed a large mechanical reading eye that allowed it to read the labels of the clocks that were for sale. The automaton proved to be a great success for dealing with all sorts of customer enquiries, until it was stolen by an intruder soon afterwards. Although the clockwork device was able to escape and safely return to the store, it found that its life took an unexpected turn of events, after it read the public announcement that was attached to the door of the closed shop.

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Public Announcement: We regret to inform you that Mr. Albert Ebenezer McKenzie sadly passed away last Friday. The funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Main Street, New Babbage at 12.00 noon on Monday September 22nd. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the benevolent fund of the Professional Association of Master Clock Makers and Sellers. Thank you.

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