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Vol.17     February 2017   Number 2



   Martin Arbagi has announced the dates for the 2017 Holmes, Doyle and Friends gathering in Dayton, Ohio i.e., 24 and 25 March at the Clarion Inn, Englewood [suburban Dayton], Ohio  45322.. We have been assured that the costs for this event will be unchanged from last year except that the banquet price will be less. In 2017, HD&F will have a Keynote Speaker, none other than John Linsenmeyer, Editor of the BSJ in the late '70s and early '80s.
Check Here for general information about the gathering



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Peter Blau's Newsletter
The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library
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Noted pastiche author, Tim Symonds, has posed the following question to us:

"I’m asking around - I’m told there are four Sherlock Holmes locked-room mysteries, including ‘The Adventure Of The Speckled Band’. Which others of Doyle’s tales would you term a ‘locked room’ mystery?"
With my best wishes

Got an opinion? Email Tim.

(BTW, to see some of Tim's great books, go here.)


Our Denver friend, Ron Lies, has sent us this neat picture of
"Sherlock the Cat."


"It was a bright, crisp February morning, and the snow of the day before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the wintry sun." (Would you know which case?)




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


For those among you who love Sherlockian reference material, Howard Ostrom has a newly revised version of his "Footprints on Film" in which he lists, with some commentary, 60+ film versions of The Hound of the Baskerville! Howard has graciously volunteered to send a PDF copy of his article to whoever might be interested. Just e-mail Howard and ask. While you are in contact with Howard, you might ask him for a PDF of his "Around the World with Sherlock" in which he lists the first actors to play Sherlock Holmes in various countries (from Argentina to Wales) with their respective chronologies. Both of these works are scholarly masterpieces and provide rare and useful research resources. He also has an interesting note on "The Grand Fleet Amusing Itself."


Thomas Wheeler has made new updates to his fabulous London-Sherlock Holmes interactive map.
We vigorously encourage your taking a look at it HERE.
You can preview the Interactive Sherlock Holmes map referenced above by a mouse click on one of its Sherlock Holmes symbols. If you wish, the legend on the left side of the map can be collapsed by clicking on the legend's small vertical three-dot symbol. Then, a mouse click on any of the map's Sherlock Holmes figures will open an illustrated text box explaining that site's Sherlockian significance.  
If you want to see a photograph of that place, click on the small diamond symbol on the text box. This will open a new Google map with that site marked. There is a small yellow Pegman symbol on the lower right of this new map. Click and drag the Pegman to the marked site. This will produce a street-level photograph. Turning the mouse wheel will convert this photo to an aerial view. If you have any questions, contact Thomas.


The Origins of Scotland Yard
Liese Sherwood-Fabre

   From the first Sherlock Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet, Scotland Yard plays a prominent role. By the time Dr. Watson takes up residence with Holmes, the consulting detective is already known to the inspectors and is shortly called out on a murder case because, as Inspector Gregson admits, “It’s a queer case…, and I knew your taste for such things.” (1)
   For many around the world, the name “Scotland Yard” is synonymous with the whole of British law enforcement. Despite having a more limited scope, the force that once occupied a house in front of Great Scotland Yard represented a major step forward in the professionalization of London’s police force.
In 1748 Henry Fielding, a Justice of the Peace in Bow Street, hired six honest, retired parish constables and created the “Bow Street Runners” to investigate crimes and arrest suspects. (2) This salaried detective force was the first of its kind and remains as one of his major accomplishments. The Bow Street Runners were considered so effective, Parliament established seven additional police offices based on Fielding’s model in 1792.
   The police system, however, remained quite fragmented until the Act of 1829 consolidated a number of different patrols and forces into a single Metropolitan Police Force for the London area outside the City itself. Robert Peel oversaw the organization of the new entity along with two other commissioners. (3) The officers came to be known as “Bobbies” or “Peelers” (from the commissioner’s name), and their offices were housed at 4 Whitehall Place. The public entrance for the station was actually in the back and opened onto an area called the “Great Scotland Yard.”    Over time, the area and the detective force became synonymous, and even when the force moved out of the building, the name followed them to “New Scotland Yard. (4)
The “Scotland” of “Scotland Yard” appears to have its origins prior to the 1500s when an English King provided land to a Scottish King to build lodgings for use when visiting London. “Hostilities” between the two prevented any construction, but the land was used as an encampment by Scottish contingencies until the two countries were united under the British monarchy. (5) The street running to the side of this yard came to be known as “Great Scotland Yard,” and was attached to the police force three hundred years later. (6)
   While “Scotland Yard” elicits any number of images, from the sometimes contentious relationship between its detectives and Sherlock Holmes to a modern and efficient police force, it played a pivotal role in British efforts to protect its businesses and citizens. Inspectors Gregson and Lestrade and another nineteen detectives who appeared in the Sherlock Holmes series (7) can all be proud of that heritage.

(1) Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes (London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd., 2012), Kindle Location 734. 
(2) J.J. Tobias, Crime and Police in England, 1700-1900. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979), 44.
(3) Ibid, page 79
(4) Ibid page 82

(7) Steven Doyle and David Crowder, Sherlock Holmes for Dummies. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing), 107.
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We are pleased to provide links through which you may view, and purchase, a couple of books to which Liese has called our attention (one of which she has authored). These links are accessible by clicking the book cover graphics.




Brenda Rossini, eminent Sherlockian who is very active on the Chicago Sherlockian scene (and everywhere else) and a frequent (and welcomed) contributor to The Sherlockian E-Times, has added her "Tombstone" book to her impressive list of accomplishments. We have enjoyed an "in person" tour of Graceland Cemetery and found it fascinating. If you can't get there in person, we highly recommend Brenda's book (and don't forget Brenda's Stormy Petrel).
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Y Cylch Brith!

Did you know that "Y Cylch Brith" translates to English from Welsh as "The Speckled Band?"

Actually, our Welsh is a little rusty, but we have been informed, by our fellow Giant Rat Robert Campbell, that SPEC has now been translated into Welsh!
Check Here


Share with us, please, this little note from Nashville's legendary Billy Fields:

" In a survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy; 20% thought Winston Churchill was not."

Billy didn't identify, for us, his source for these data, but we find them fascinating and we trust Billy.



For January, what canonical character might have said:
"Gee, Mom, how long do I have to wear this silly mask?"

From Steve Mason: The clear choice would be Effie’s child from “Yellow Face”… but it could have been Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, who may have whined to his mother that he hated wearing a mask around London to disguise his true identity… that would be within his character…

From Michael McClure: Poor little Lucy Hebron had to mask her feelings until Holmes blew her cover.

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Michael sent over this "Lucy with yellow faces in therapy" cartoon along with his answer to our quiz

From Anders Odensten: Those must be the words of little Lucy Hebron. She was Effie Munro´s daughter from her first marriage to John Hebron, a man of African descent (Yell).

From Matt Swoap: "Gee, Mom, how long do I have to wear this silly mask?",has to be Effie Monro's daughter, Lucy in "The Adventure of the Yellow Face"

From Richard Kellogg: In “A Scandal in Bohemia,”  the heredity King of Bohemia wears a rather silly mask that makes him look more like the Lone Ranger than a member of one of the reigning families of Europe.  Holmes, a master of disguise himself, is not deceived by the black vizard mask for a second.
(We had Lucy in mind, but we admit that this makes some sense.)

From Sandy Kozinn: The character is Effie Hebron Munro's young daughter in "The Yellow Face." (Being yellow, she was no doubt too frightened to remove the mask without her mother's permission.)

From Jack Levitt: The Canonical Character mentioned in the January issue is: Lucy Hebron, in the Adventure of the Yellow Face

From Ed Lear: I don't think there was a dog in the story that could be talking, so I am going to go with little Lucy Hebron.

From Jerry Riggs: Of course! Lucy Hebron

From Zsófia Marincsák (our Hungarian subscriber): The character you are looking for in the January issue is little Lucy from The Yellow Face, the daughter of John and Effie Hebron, who lives in Norbury.

Nice turnout this month! Thanks, all, for your interest and outstanding Sherlockian scholarship!

What Canonical character said:

“This is Miss Kitty Winter.”

Please put the word "Character" on your subject line. Thanks.

We are most pleased to have an entry to our "Canonical Character Contest" this month from Zsófia Marincsák, our Hungarian subscriber. We take note of the fact that the Hungarian Sherlock Holmes Fan Club has a most remarkable web site which we do encourage you to visit by CLICKING HERE.
Be not concerned if your mastery of the Hungarian language is a little rusty; thankfully, for most of us "Yanks," their site is in English.


There are current issues of many Sherlockian newsletters and Journals for which the world is quite prepared: Consider, the following, please:

"Groans, Cries and Bleatings," The Baker Street Breakfast Club
"South Downers Journal, " South Downers
"The Bilge Pump," Crew of the Barque Lone Star (The Crew's web site)
"Gaslight Gazette," Survivors of the Gloria Scott
"Ineffable Twaddle," The Sound of the Baskervilles (Check out the SOB's web site.)
"Alfalfa Gazette," Friends of a Soldier Named Murray
"The District Messenger," Sherlock Holmes Society of London (SHSofL web site)
"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!
Sherlock Peoria (New Addition!!)


Important Sherlockian Events for February

1st - Release of the movie Terror by Night (Rathbone and Bruce), 1946
4th - Birdy Edwards arrived in Vermissa Valley, 1875
4th - Nigel Bruce born, 1895
7th - Michael Kean born
11th - "The Yellow Face" published in Harper's Weekly, 1893
12th - Mycroft Holmes born, 1847
15th - John Barrymore born, 1882
15th - Tom Biblewski born
17th - Ronald Knox born, 1888
22nd - Gordon Speck born
23rd - Marcy Mahle born
25th - "Silver Blaze" published in Harper's Weekly, 1893

26th - Release of movie They Might Be Giants with George C. Scott, 1972
29th - John Watson born (chronology by John Hall), 1852


". . . by the middle of February I was seriously inconvenienced by you . . ." (J. Moriarty in FINA)


David Milner has informed us as to the following investments in the Baker Street Irregulars at last month's New York meeting:

Charles Prepolec: The Man with the Twisted Lip
Michael Quigley: A Large Brass Bound Safe
Blonnie Macbird: Art in the Blood
Chris Zordan: Bunsen Burner
Tamar Zeffren: The London Library
Ross Davies "The Temple"
Charles Blankensteen "Cavendish Square"

2 Shilling Award to Ben Vizoskie
(If we have misspelled anyone's name, or missed anyone, please correct us.)
Speaking of the BSI, our friend, Michael Kean, has made us aware of the following two new BSI publications:

DANCING TO DEATH is the newest volume in the Baker Street Irregulars Press Manuscript Series, and contains a reproduction of and scholarly analyses of "The Dancing Men" manuscript. CANADA AND SHERLOCK HOLMES,the sixth volume in the International Series, features a treasure trove of articles written by our neighbors to the north.

GO HERE and click "recent publications."


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We hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day!

"Always happens – when conscience tries to speak, telephone out of order.  " (Charlie Chan)