Vol.17     October, 2017   Number 10
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"The Red-Headed League is Dissolved, October 9, 1890."


We received this note from Martin Arbagi re: the 2018 "Holmes, Doyle and Friends" gathering in Dayton,Ohio:

Traditional registration for the FIFTH Holmes, Doyle, & Friends next 9 & 10 March is now open.  "Traditional" registration is by a printable form that you fill out and return to the address on the form, together with your check or money order.

A few facts:

--Registration fees are UNCHANGED from 2016 and 2017!  The "early bird" discount continues for those who register by 16 February.
--There is now an ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT for Vendors and Presenters who register by 16 February.
--You are not obliged to send payment with your form, but you will then be classified as a "Walk-In," and must pay a substantial penalty.
--No need to print the Registration Form in color.  Save your expensive color ink cartridges!
--Web registration will open next week, as soon as I write the code (programming).  If you register by Web, you may use any major credit card (American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa, etc.)  We use the secure Pay Pal(R) service to accept credit card payments.
Click HERE to go to The Agra Treasurers' Web site.
I beg to remain yr. most humble & obedient Webmaster,


Last month one of our "canonical quotations of the month" was::

"It was one Sunday evening early in September of the year 1903 that I received one of Holmes’s laconic messages:"

We followed that quotation with the query:

(Would anyone know what that message was?)

Jerry Riggs said, "Come at once if convenient-if inconvenient come all the same."--

Carol Hampton said: "Come at once if convenient--if inconvenient, come all the same"


Rob Nunn cued us to his new book with this message:

I would like to offer my own contribution to the world of Sherlockiana, with my new book, "The Criminalnunn Mastermind of Baker Street" which comes out next month from MX Publishing and is available now for pre-order from Amazon at https://smile.amazon.com/Criminal-MasterMind-Baker-Street/dp/1787051749/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508371514&sr=8-1&keywords=rob+nunn

In my book, I re- imagine the canon through the lens of Sherlock Holmes becoming a criminal mastermind instead of the great detective.  Other than this one, albeit major, change, I've stayed true to Doyle's original events and characterizations while adding new tales of crime as well.  If you are interested in more details, an interview I did with Leah Guinn can be found on her blog here: https://wellreadsherlockian.com/2017/09/13/nunn-rob-the-criminal-mastermind-of-baker-street-london-mx-publishing-2017/


Saturday 18 November 2017 at One O’Clock PM
This Celebration Will be Held at
Tony’s di Napoli Restaurant
1081 Third Avenue (at 64th Street), New York City

(Invitation only)


We received this note from Tom Wheeler:


The attached PDF page will allow Sherlockians to electronically "visit" Sherlock's London. Please feel free to pass it along if you wish.


Tom kindly said that he would pass along this "sample" page to anyone who might want to take a look at it. Tom's interactive maps are remarkable works! Email Tom HERE to ask for your PDF.


A very interesting announcement from the Milwaukee Repertory Company:

We do invite you to take a look even if you aren't from the Milwaukee area.


Baker Street Elementary
Steve Mason, Rusty Mason, Joe Fay from The Crew of the Barque Lone Star



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Chicago area folks!!! Still a few days to enjoy "Miss Holmes!"


More Chicago area events

Sat. Oct. 27, 6 pm

 Great Escape Restaurant, Schiller Park IL --situated beside the internationally-renowned wind turbine
program: stellar performance by the CriBar Thespians of "The Adventure of the Priory School."
contact: Claudine, claud221b@aol.com.

Ok handSCOTLAND YARDERS Holiday Party
Zhivago's Restaurant, sposibo harasho at 9925 Gross Point Rd., Skokie
Saturday, Nov. 18, 6 pm,
speaker:  Al Shaw, on Sherlock Holmes' Pipes and their Progeny, an expert and creative presentation.
contact: Janice Weiner, jlweiner@sbcglobal.net.

Tues. Dec. 5, 7 pm,
Highwood (IL) Public Library
"The Adventure of the Missing 3/4." Discussion questions shall be forthcoming.
Holiday treats and gift-exchange (well, maybe not the latter).

Wed. Dec.27, 6 pm, at the Ridgemoor Country Club
a Sherlockian Xmas celebration, with a show-and-tell, apertifs and dining of the Holmesian variety, and much more.
Always a smash.
contact Triumvir Phil Cunningham, pjc121@comcast.net.


Dallas area folks!west edn horror
A theatre critic has been murdered! Holmes and Watson are soon visited by aspiring Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who entices Holmes to take the case. Featuring some of the most famous literary luminaries of the day, this is a rollicking whodunit!

October 26 - November 18, 2017
Thursday, Fridays, Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Saturday matinees 3:00 p.m.

"Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror"
Rover Dramawerks


Dave Milner sent us this announcement:
"The Vermissa Valley News-Press"
Formerly The Gaslight Gazette 
The Official Publication of  
The Fresh Rashers of Estero Island

Published by Genius Loci Publications

Ask Dave
to email you a copy of the fall edition. It comes in an MSWord format.

And speaking of the Milners, we got this interesting notice from Dave and Karen:

On October 6th, 7th and 8th the South Carolina Koi and Water Garden Society held their 10th annual Regional Southeast Koi Show.
     For the uninitiated, koi are "fancy carp." They are a domesticated variety known for their colorful skin.
                                                What is a Koi Show? Think of a dog show for our Koi.  "Dog" is a generic term. There are setters, beagles, terriers and others. The koi family has Showas, Sankes, Goromos, Asagis, Goshikis, Matsubas, and many others. We exhibit our koi in large tanks.
      Karen has been showing fish for the past three years. Each year our fish do better. This year we had two of our koi win major awards. An Asagi (named Cash Money) won "Grand Champion B" (The third highest award) and Karen's Ai Goromo (named Lunchmoney Lewis) won Baby Champion. We name our fish after rappers because they are such unusual and unique names. Koi can grow up to 40 inches in length. Currently, the asagi is 25 inches and the goromo is 11 3/4 inches (the Baby Champion must be under 12 inches).
Here are posters announcing our winnings that we received from the
TOMiGAi Koi Food Company.







(Who would have ever thought that a fish could win any kind of a "beauty contest!?)


Chicago';s Criterion Bar Association's newsletter "The Cri Bar Crier" vol 23, #1 has been published.
Perhaps Brenda would send you a copy upon request.

to fetch the Cri Bar's web site, go HERE


October 1st, marked the first day of the term of the new officers of the Beacon Society:

               Head Light (Chairperson):  Denny Dobry

               Percy Phelps (Secretary): Heather Holloway

               Bursar (Treasurer): Dick Kitts
Congratulations to all the new Beacon Society officers!

BTW: Nominations are still being accepted for the current Beacon Society award.
Each year the Beacon Society Award is given to an individual, scion society, or organization that has made a significant contribution to exposing young people to the study of Sherlock Holmes.
An application form, guidelines and other details about the Beacon Award may be obtained at the society’s website, 


Giant rat of Sumatra?

Check it out!
Very Interesting.


For Halloween, Doylian "spooky quotes"


Sally Sugarman, BSI, has just published the current edition of The Baker Street Breakfast Club's newsletter, Groans, Cries and Bleatings. We found it to be a truly exceptional publication with a wealth of very interesting material, both Sherlockian and secular. We feel sure that Sally will be happy to e-mail you a PDF of their scion's most recent newsletter if you would but email her at sugarman@bennington.edu and ask for a copy of the most recent Groans, Cries and Bleatings.


And They’re Off!
Liese Sherwood-Fabre

The canon includes two cases involving race horses. Holmes is called in to investigate the disappearance of Silver Blaze (1) just before the Wessex Cup and Sir Robert Norberton’s odd behavior prior to his horse Prince running in the Epsom Derby. (2) The popularity of the sport in Victorian England, in addition to the criminal element at that time, made it a perfect backdrop for these Sherlockian investigations.

The exact time of the horse’s arrival in Britain is not known, but Caesar’s first invasion of Britain in 55 BC was rebuffed by a cavalry. The animals were smaller than those today, but quite numerous. (3) Following their use in warfare and other pursuits, racing the animals came into fashion in the early 1600s when King James 1 built the first grandstand on the Newmarket Heath. Charles II, however, brought horse racing into its own when he built a palace and moved his court there twice a year beginning in 1669. (4) Ever since, Newmarket has been considered the headquarters of British horse racing.

In addition to the racetracks at Newmarket, the Jockey Club built a coffee house at the site for member meetings in 1752. This club, created by gentlemen passionate about horses and racing, became the official governing body for horse racing in 1860s in an effort to impose more control over betting and horse management. (5) In the early 1800s, horse owners who were commoners were permitted to enter their animals in the races. (6) As a result, the events attracted larger crowds, including the working class. (7) Betting had always been a part of the sport, but it grew more pronounced in the 1830s and 1840s with a number of scandals coming to light. In addition to unscrupulous bookmakers, ineligible horses (above or below the age limit for the race) were discovered among the entrants. (8)

While betting on horses had always been a part of the sport, off-course betting developed in response to the working class interest, and by the end of the 1840s, was an important feature of the activity. For the most part, these sites evolved from tobacconist shops where men already congregated and placed friendly wagers through the proprietor. Over time, horse betting replaced the original commercial trade in many such establishments. Partitions with pigeon holes for placing bets replaced the counter. Lists of the various races and participants’ odds were listed on the walls, and results were quickly reported as fast as runners could arrive from the telegraph office. One of the most well-known and popular establishments was Dwyer’s in St. Martin’s Lane. In 1851, following heavy betting on the favorite in the Chester Cup, those with winning tickets arrived to find the place emptied and the owner gone, leaving behind a debt of twenty-five thousand pounds. (9)

With The Jockey Club’s management, the sport’s respectability rose, and with additional security efforts, such as enclosing the tracks and providing stands, certain races gained popularity as social events. In addition to the race course, other amusements (from food vendors to sideshow attractions) were set up around the area. (10) The Ascot, run in June, became part of the social season where women and men attended (and still do) in their most elegant clothes. (11) Derby Day, also occurring in May or June, became a national holiday.

As these two Sherlockian cases show, however, despite the Jockey Club’s efforts to maintain the respectability of horse racing, its continued popularity and history of betting on the outcome, fostered the persistence of a criminal element in the sport. Gratefully, Holmes and Watson ferreted out at least two of the most grievous offenses.

1) Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Complete Sherlock Holmes: with an introduction from Robert Ryan (Kindle Location 15130). Simon & Schuster UK. Kindle Edition.
2) Ibid, Kindle Locations 31381-31382.
3) http://chestofbooks.com/animals/horses/Health-Disease-Treatment-4/The-Horse-In-Britain.html
4) http://www.jockeyclubrooms.co.uk/about-us/home-of-the-sport-of-kings
5) Chesney, Kellow. The Victorian Underworld (New York: Schocken Books, 1972) 282.
6) Hughes, Kristine. Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England (Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books, 1998) 142.
7) Mitchell, Sally. Daily Life in Victorian England (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996) 221.
8) Chesney, 282.
9) Ibid 283 – 284.
10) Hughes, 142.
11) Mitchell, 220 – 221.

Sherlock in the Hood: Talks with Joe Ide

Very interesting interview HERE!

HEY, Friends of Sherlock Holmes: The following links will direct you to current issues of many Sherlockian newsletters and journals for which the world is quite well prepared. We recommend, indeed, urge, that you make connections with these good folk. The newsletters are FREE and they allow you to learn what amazing, creative, and entertaining activities your fellow Sherlockians in distant places are up to.

"Groans, Cries and Bleatings," The Baker Street Breakfast Club
"South Downers Journal, " South Downers
"The Bilge Pump," Crew of the Barque Lone Star
"Gaslight Gazette," Survivors of the Gloria Scott
"Ineffable Twaddle," The Sound of the Baskervilles
"Alfalfa Gazette," Friends of a Soldier Named Murray
"The District Messenger," Sherlock Holmes Society of London
"The PINK 'UN, the Hansom Wheels of Columbia, SC (now published on the internet)
"Scuttlebutt from the Spermacetti Press," Peter Blau (can now be read on line, Click Here)
(BTW: speaking of Peter Blau, you might find it interesting to check out The Red Circle's web site!



For October we asked

"Oh, for heaven's sake, Holmes, turn off that silly gramophone. You aren't fooling anybody."

From Anders Odensten: Those might have been the words of Count Negretto Sylvius when he realized that the "Hoffmann Barcarolle" sounded from a gramophone rather than from Sherlock Holmes Stradivarius (MAZA).

From Ed Lear: I must really be missing something....like the talking Toby.  Watson came and went, no police were in 221B.  I have no reason to believe that Mrs. Hudson and Billy left the premises.  I guess I assumed that after Mrs. Hudson let the Count and Sam into the room and Holmes went in to turn the gramophone on, that is when she said it....quietly of course.   And I guess I assumed that if Count Sylvius or Sam Merton had said it, they wouldn't have fallen for the trick and the story would have been called The Adventure of Almost Recovering the Mazarin Stone.

From Jerry Riggs: Well, it may have been Sam Merton of the Mazarin Stone; but only after he had asked Holmes: "But what about that bloomin' fiddle! I hear it yet."

From Steve Mason: While it technically may not be the right answer, I am going good ol’ Mr. Sam Merton, who seemed totally perplexed concerning the gramophone in “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone…”  Of course, Count Sylvius was none too happy with the use of the musical device either…

Congratulations to all successful contestants!
Really marvelous work by all!

Now, for November

What canonical character might have said:
"Hello, Central Press Syndicate? Give me the City Desk. . . ! Stop the presses! There has been a murder on my own doorstep!"

Click Here to respond.
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Important Sherlockian Events for October
4th, Sidney Paget born - 1860
4th, The Problem of Thor Bridge - 1900
10th, Roger Johnson's Birthday
10th, John Bennett Shaw born - 1913
11th, Eille Norwood Born - 1861
13th, Dedication of the John Bennett Shaw Library, U of Minnesota - 1995
14th, Roger Moore born
21st, Second installment of "The Naval Treaty" published, Harper's Weekly, 1893
23rd, Carolyn Senter's Birthday
23rd, Bill Mason's Birthday
26th, Release of movie Pursuit to Algiers with Basil Rathbone - 1945
26th, Vincent Starrett born - 1886
29th, Chris Robertson's Birthday


In scrounging the relics of our past lives, we have come across a number of surprises. One of these was a copy of the "Shaw 100" essential books for the Sherlockian autographed by John Bennett Shaw! And, the mention of John Bennett Shaw, brought to mind this photo we took of Mr. Shaw being interviewed at the first annual "Holmes on the Range" conference in Kansas City, MO (we are still awaiting the "second annual" gathering).


We'd like, once again, to call your attention to a marvelous work by Roger Johnson and Jean Upton called The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany. Please CLICK HERE for further information and to avail, for your own library, a copy of The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany.


If man bites doggie
That is news
If face
Scares doggie
Better use


"Some particulars of the voyage of the bark Gloria Scott, from her leaving Falmouth on the 8th October . . . " (GLOR)


"On the terrace"

     While recently chatting with Robert Campbell concerning some of the plans The Giant Rats of Sumatra was making for the future, the name of our old friend Ken Gordon came up. We were most distressed to learn that Ken had passed over Reichenbach, unbeknownst to us, almost two years ago! Although we hadn't heard from Ken in some time, his absence from this world has left another sad void in our lives. As we have mentioned before, we believe that one is never truly gone until there is no one left on earth who remembers them. We remember Ken quite fondly. Ken invited us to, and saw to our being invested in ("The Grice Patersons") kenthe Memphis scion society, The Giant Rats of Sumatra. Whenever we visited Memphis, Ken never failed to be the epitome of southern hospitality showing us his rather impressive Sherlockian collection as well as the best places to dine, his favorite golf courses (which were not commonly known to most "out of towners"), and the best "off the beaten track" BarBCue eateries, in a town where BarBCue is king. Ken's most memorable public appearance was at one of Don Izban's fabulous Canonical Convocation and Capers in Door County Wisconsin where Ken starred in a canonical version of that old TV show, "What's My Line" playing the exacting role of Jabez Wilson. We miss you, Ken, but we will remember you for the rest of our lives for your kindness, your hospitality, your friendship, your Sherlockian acumen, and your superb acting skills. Rest deeply in peace, dear old friend.

Some Halloween graphics here courtesy of Halloween Clip Art Images


Our loyal E-Times subscriber, Alene Rice, saw our mention of the recent eclipse in the September edition and offered the following photos of the same event from her own experience.
Alene Rice (the Tankerville Club, Cincinnati and devoted E-Times subscriber) and Dolley Rice (who took the photos to your right) at friend’s lake house in North Carolina (where the eclipse was total).
The start of totality
(note the clouds)
Totality, clouds dispersing…
And the diamond in perfect clarity…
It got surprisingly dark!
Thanks much, Alene, for sharing these great photos with us!

("I had a chat with him on eclipses. How the talk got that way I canna think; but he had out a reflector lantern and a globe, and made it all clear in a minute.") (VALL)

"Favorite pastime of man is fooling himself." "Charlie Chan


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