In January of 1878, Lord Palethorn sought out Professor Hamilton Kift, whom he asked to accompany him on a trip to the north to unearth the final pages of Zarok's spell book. The Professor accepted the offer, and a week later, they were in the Bonny Prince Charlie, a Coastal inn some 80 miles west of Inverness, ready to set sail for the Hebrides.
After making it to the island where the pages are, the two set up camp and prepared to enter the tomb that held them. As they entered the tomb the next day and attempted to take the book, the room began to collapse. Palethorn pushed the Professor aside and ran for the tomb's main door.
The Professor failed to reach the tomb door in time and had his hands crushed in the process. The Professor does not remember the following two weeks, but he was eventually found by local fishermen and transported back to Inverness to recover from his injuries. After his arrival back to London, he constructed mechanical hands for himself and in his final diary entry, he promised revenge upon Palethorn.