tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-54399201875653630942019-05-20T20:26:43.677-07:00Historical SherlockExamining the Chronology of the Sherlock Holmes CanonHistorical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.comBlogger59125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-63659611712596449812019-05-13T20:07:00.000-07:002019-05-20T12:24:30.152-07:00This Post Is Smokin'! (Sorry, Had To Do It.)The Great Historical Collection Reduction giveaway is going wonderfully. I'm reducing my collection, and the items I'm giving away are going to good homes. Basically I have a lot of books and ogther publications to go through, but from time to time it'll be ephemera. Like this time.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sl4xCvkKAA0/XNcjqZexvBI/AAAAAAAACNE/zjqfLDDUkQkDr1oVKM_uqaBlMEniBkw7QCLcBGAs/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sl4xCvkKAA0/XNcjqZexvBI/AAAAAAAACNE/zjqfLDDUkQkDr1oVKM_uqaBlMEniBkw7QCLcBGAs/s400/logo.png" width="400" height="154" data-original-width="422" data-original-height="162" /></a></div><br />This time it's all Holmes-related tobacco items. As usual I will give you a closer look at them so you can decide if you're interested in answering the trivia question for them. So, here they are. (Oh, first I have to put up the giveaway logo. Sorry.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y5aTG0vxlLs/XNcl5e4wLcI/AAAAAAAACNY/i9cFFnU4WhkYLufNq3VVZbM67CDxfPmNACLcBGAs/s1600/great%2Bhistorical.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y5aTG0vxlLs/XNcl5e4wLcI/AAAAAAAACNY/i9cFFnU4WhkYLufNq3VVZbM67CDxfPmNACLcBGAs/s400/great%2Bhistorical.png" width="400" height="316" data-original-width="500" data-original-height="395" /></a></div><br />We'll do this by size. First is the box of matches.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NotAI5R9OAA/XNcmF1B28SI/AAAAAAAACNc/yr39UjwElgwgo9Wv33MzRTFxba2taFuNgCLcBGAs/s1600/giveaway%2B1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NotAI5R9OAA/XNcmF1B28SI/AAAAAAAACNc/yr39UjwElgwgo9Wv33MzRTFxba2taFuNgCLcBGAs/s400/giveaway%2B1.jpg" width="400" height="300" data-original-width="1600" data-original-height="1198" /></a></div>This side features a Punch-like figure with a huge pipe. Beneath him it says "Delightfully...something." I haven't been able to determine what it says no matter what I've tried or who's looked at it. Anyway, here's what the other side looks like:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bwhGsqujTZg/XNcr_9v9nWI/AAAAAAAACNs/pl3mxUIhzYwKYCRhLV4YdswCAsRkXfbjwCLcBGAs/s1600/20190511_155806.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bwhGsqujTZg/XNcr_9v9nWI/AAAAAAAACNs/pl3mxUIhzYwKYCRhLV4YdswCAsRkXfbjwCLcBGAs/s400/20190511_155806.jpg" width="400" height="284" data-original-width="1600" data-original-height="1137" /></a></div>Now, this WILL NOT be shipped with the matches in it. That's very illegal and dangerous. I'll put a piece of styrofoam in it so the box won't crush. Besides, I need the matches for my cigars.<br /><br />Next is the ashtray. It's glass, about 3 1/2 inches across, half an inch deep, and is in near-perfect condition. (Basic wear, at best.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0iyQ91xFrS4/XNctjTpMbxI/AAAAAAAACN4/_MzgspDdH_YDTBIHfFu5TyIqLkNTZviWwCLcBGAs/s1600/giveaway%2B4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0iyQ91xFrS4/XNctjTpMbxI/AAAAAAAACN4/_MzgspDdH_YDTBIHfFu5TyIqLkNTZviWwCLcBGAs/s400/giveaway%2B4.jpg" width="400" height="399" data-original-width="1600" data-original-height="1597" /></a></div><br />Next is the tin of tobacco. Now, this is a true tin full of tobacco. It's never been opened, and still has the price tag on the bottom. I cannot attest to the quality or condition of the product inside, but I doubt anyone's ever actually going to smoke it anyway. It's an inch deep, and about 4 inches across.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4WmeHrsRa74/XNcu-aMAWYI/AAAAAAAACOE/2Gakx01ohDcthYeuAzvGwohFqfi6VByNwCLcBGAs/s1600/giveaway%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4WmeHrsRa74/XNcu-aMAWYI/AAAAAAAACOE/2Gakx01ohDcthYeuAzvGwohFqfi6VByNwCLcBGAs/s400/giveaway%2B3.jpg" width="390" height="400" data-original-width="1560" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />And then there's the pipe. It's not an expensive one, but it's a real one. The bowl detaches and is real porcelain. It appears to have been smoked at some time, but there's no smell. There's also very little wear on the bit of the stem. Again, I doubt it's going to be used, but it could.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tctC5S1x_d8/XNcwGgc2TuI/AAAAAAAACOQ/TlPm1q05nAY99TjaLLx5CQKDY6Xk2rQLQCLcBGAs/s1600/giveaway%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tctC5S1x_d8/XNcwGgc2TuI/AAAAAAAACOQ/TlPm1q05nAY99TjaLLx5CQKDY6Xk2rQLQCLcBGAs/s400/giveaway%2B2.jpg" width="375" height="400" data-original-width="1498" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />The Trivia Question this month was:<br /><b>We find tobacco in all forms many times in The Canon, but only two tobacconists are mentioned by name. <br />Who are they? And what are the cases?</b><br /><br />However, I didn't do my homework very well because it turns out there were <i>four</i> tobacconists. So as not to count anyone out because of my mistake, I will accept any two of them (and the cases).<br /><br />So, there you go. We've had a great response to this, and am expecting more, so any one person's chances get slimmer and slimmer...but someone has to win. Let me know if have any questions, or need more pictures.<br /><br />Later this month you'll all get a real treat. I'm going to be posting the first paper I ever gave. I think you'll enjoy it, and the surprise ending that comes with it. See you then, and as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-48560349974349839132019-04-29T09:10:00.000-07:002019-05-07T08:08:52.405-07:00Finding Things By Not Looking For ThemOne of the things I really enjoy doing is randomly flipping through the pages of publications from the Sherlock era. Having been in the hobby for some time means I can easily pick out Canonical words and terms from a page. Kind of like one's own name. My eyes are just drawn to them. Well, it happened again recently, and I want to show you what I found.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tzybkoSOgL8/XMHH1MLKNoI/AAAAAAAACLg/tAAMs_RkHoAIOPTwfaSzoUPRH0jOpjevACLcBGAs/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tzybkoSOgL8/XMHH1MLKNoI/AAAAAAAACLg/tAAMs_RkHoAIOPTwfaSzoUPRH0jOpjevACLcBGAs/s400/logo.png" width="400" height="154" data-original-width="422" data-original-height="162" /></a></div><br />Back in 2012 I gave a talk at A Scintillation of Scions V that was a combination of several paper ideas I'd had. It was called 'Three Trite Problems' (I pride myself on my presentation titles) and it was about two ideas that really hadn't panned out, and then the main part (which was about evidence of the actual pawn shop where Holmes bought his Stradivarius.) One of the other two was about the possibility of someone at 221b being Catholic. The other was about coal tar derivatives. Neither went anywhere, and it was fun to get everyone worked up about them, and then see their faces when I admited we wouldn't be talking about them. Devious, I know. The main part I mentioned was something that is kind of similar to what I recently found and what we'll discuss here.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Prn_GaTLyU4/XMHNp2Fl-lI/AAAAAAAACLs/KzLg5LGvUEw7sTsw_5HjbFuaq2R1t9AJQCLcBGAs/s1600/farce%2B1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Prn_GaTLyU4/XMHNp2Fl-lI/AAAAAAAACLs/KzLg5LGvUEw7sTsw_5HjbFuaq2R1t9AJQCLcBGAs/s400/farce%2B1.png" width="400" height="143" data-original-width="570" data-original-height="204" /></a></div><br />Google Books is one of my favorties sites. I always, yes always, have a tab open to it. I came across this serialized story called 'The Adventures of a Farce' in <i>The Knickerbocker</i> (or <i>The New York Monthly Magazine</i>) from 1871, and it contains some pretty cool things. The writer is unknown, but they seemed to channel a lot of terms that would be contained in some stories that would be published a couple of decades later. <br /><br />Here's a list of those things:<br />There’s a reference to a <b>Penang Lawyer</b>. <br />One of the characters is a <b>pipe smoker</b>.<br /><b>Cambridge</b> is mentioned.<br />We find <b>Bohemia</b>, <b>Shakespeare</b> quotes, <i>The London Times<b></b></i>, and a <b>Mr. Turner</b>.<br />Someone named <b>Hopkins</b> is in there, one person is a <b>doctor</b>, the word <b>Midland</b> appears, as does the word <b>Mendicant</b>.<br />We also find a <b>Tobias</b>, and last but not least a <b>Diogenes</b>.<br />Oh, and did I mention that all of this takes place in <b>London</b>?<br /><br />There may be more, but I don't have the strength to go through that story again. It's sooooo bad. You get the idea, though.<br /><br />The way I found the story in the first place was when I was looking up 'Jew Pawnbroker Tottenham Court Road' in Google. You know, like the one in 'The Cardboard Box' (CARD). That's when the line <b>"from a Jew broker in Tottenham Court Road"</b> appeared. The actual line from CARD is <b>"at a Jew Broker's in Tottenham Court Road."</b> Now, come on. That's waaaaay too close to be nothing. But, there was no way to make a solid connection, so this had to remain just bizarre happenstance.<br /><br />One a side note, I remember that I made my frustration about the pawnshop known in the paper with this:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--kWPYrM39l0/XMMpxFfp3_I/AAAAAAAACMw/lQa1aw2PEoUgUUzx0v1ucA0o3ECG2ebTQCLcBGAs/s1600/frustrated.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--kWPYrM39l0/XMMpxFfp3_I/AAAAAAAACMw/lQa1aw2PEoUgUUzx0v1ucA0o3ECG2ebTQCLcBGAs/s400/frustrated.png" width="400" height="206" data-original-width="635" data-original-height="327" /></a></div><br />So, on to my latest find. It was in <i>The Illustrated London News</i> from November 27, 1886. I was just scanning pages when a name caught my eye. I stopped, looked at it in a blinky-blinky way, and then saw something else. Then more. After scanning the whole page I had come across another <i>Farce</i> type thing.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xKCPXdy1MA0/XMHRbhs-JfI/AAAAAAAACL4/ndpLGnzPbPcImdj1BPVgT_rQefuSmFtrgCLcBGAs/s1600/11-27-1886.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xKCPXdy1MA0/XMHRbhs-JfI/AAAAAAAACL4/ndpLGnzPbPcImdj1BPVgT_rQefuSmFtrgCLcBGAs/s400/11-27-1886.png" width="266" height="400" data-original-width="328" data-original-height="493" /></a></div><br />Before we get to what I saw intially, I'll show you some other things from around the page. It's in three columns, and the first one (and part of the second) is about art exhibitions. There's nothing in there, unless you want to get silly. "Oh my gosh! There's the word 'the.' Holmes says 'the' in a lot of stories!" There are some words that do appear in The Canon, but nothing like what's in the other columns.<br /><br />It was nice to see this name...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gPEz35pDO0s/XMHWuPVpfuI/AAAAAAAACME/BufLHx8dQhk1mx9C9Hb97bhWLiZ5fMCWgCLcBGAs/s1600/pycroft.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gPEz35pDO0s/XMHWuPVpfuI/AAAAAAAACME/BufLHx8dQhk1mx9C9Hb97bhWLiZ5fMCWgCLcBGAs/s400/pycroft.png" width="400" height="159" data-original-width="598" data-original-height="238" /></a></div><br />Another happy find was this classic Canonical conundrum, even though I am taking it out of context...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XbJTwfND5M8/XMHXUqGVsYI/AAAAAAAACMM/eektAgx4Gloq5k06TwCP_YLxXK27Nnp4wCLcBGAs/s1600/O%2Bor%2BC.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XbJTwfND5M8/XMHXUqGVsYI/AAAAAAAACMM/eektAgx4Gloq5k06TwCP_YLxXK27Nnp4wCLcBGAs/s400/O%2Bor%2BC.png" width="400" height="123" data-original-width="590" data-original-height="181" /></a></div><br />It was also very cool to see the name of the grandfather of noted Sherlockian scholar William S. Baring-Gould...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RK-IUdjrmlQ/XMHZaHlM87I/AAAAAAAACMY/eb7Ns4O9KgI5Y2h8-_afskQLrEogFEQpQCLcBGAs/s1600/SBG.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RK-IUdjrmlQ/XMHZaHlM87I/AAAAAAAACMY/eb7Ns4O9KgI5Y2h8-_afskQLrEogFEQpQCLcBGAs/s400/SBG.png" width="400" height="155" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="222" /></a></div><br />What I saw was what's in the first circle here. I found this article on Google Books, and the copy wasn't very good. Quite hard to read. So, I looked it up on British Newspaper Archives and found the bits I've used here. (It's soooo much clearer.) On Google Books I thought what I saw was the name 'Dr. Hill Barton' but it turned out to be Burton. Regardless, that's still really close. As I looked at it, somewhat astounded, I noticed the name in the third circle. Then, what was in the second. Very cool.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GJkVI4Tiq4Y/XMHcgzp3gbI/AAAAAAAACMk/1I3znfJn92MOh3k-G17joahP2PJciPcLQCLcBGAs/s1600/Trio.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GJkVI4Tiq4Y/XMHcgzp3gbI/AAAAAAAACMk/1I3znfJn92MOh3k-G17joahP2PJciPcLQCLcBGAs/s400/Trio.png" width="400" height="291" data-original-width="586" data-original-height="426" /></a></div><br />Now, I realize that this doesn't actually mean anything. These kinds of groupings are probably more common than I think, but in the past I've found them when looking through whole publications. Like <i>Punch</i> or <i>The London Gazette</i>. It's easy to go through one of them and collect many Canonical words and phrases. But when I find a tight little gathering of them I start wondering if they could possibly have anything to do with what we would see later on in The Sacred Writings.<br /><br />Anyway, this is the kind of thing I look for. I wasn't expecting to find all of these in one spot, but I love that I did. It will help keep my fingers (proverbially) walking through old pages in the hopes something's there.<br /><br />If you've ever come across something like this, let me know. I'd love to hear about it. Until then, I'll see you next time. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-45482104394578840962019-04-12T11:19:00.000-07:002019-04-12T11:19:33.579-07:001975 Was A Very Good Year!This month's Great Historical Collection Reduction giveaway is a gorgeous four-volume set of books that were printed in 1975. The excitement around these was immediate, and there have already been a couple of dozen folks who've sent in the right answer to the trivia question (which will be at the bottom of this post).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E5fAc-zJ6Ww/XLAaVHgrGhI/AAAAAAAACKU/4QL9ykI80GcbRCSjsmpRLirYvImZlHO9ACLcBGAs/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E5fAc-zJ6Ww/XLAaVHgrGhI/AAAAAAAACKU/4QL9ykI80GcbRCSjsmpRLirYvImZlHO9ACLcBGAs/s400/logo.png" width="400" height="154" data-original-width="422" data-original-height="162" /></a></div><br />When I went to examine the books it occurred to me that two of them hadn't been opened in a long time. The spines were resistant. Heck, they might not have ever been opened. One was a little less resistant, and the fourth was a bit easier. There are no marks, damage, or wear to the pages inside. They are perfect. The outsides are excellent, but not perfect. The first picture I took of them was in my office in low light. The flash went off, and what it captured was the surface wear that is basically invisible to the naked eye. I'm including it even though it isn't a true representation of what the books look like.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-00oGWF-PWnU/XLAbzth9v9I/AAAAAAAACKg/2DQhuzGLwdUoft6BsimcimOfImA0RDEeQCLcBGAs/s1600/books%2Blight.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-00oGWF-PWnU/XLAbzth9v9I/AAAAAAAACKg/2DQhuzGLwdUoft6BsimcimOfImA0RDEeQCLcBGAs/s400/books%2Blight.jpg" width="293" height="400" data-original-width="1172" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />You can see some of the wear spots where the books were slid off a shelf from between themselves or other books. The covers are not perfect, but they are in excellent shape. The picture I used on Facebook is a more correct shot for what one sees when looking at the books in real light. It also shows the color better.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GYiQnwBwiqU/XLAcYEORj8I/AAAAAAAACKo/Uj3Pybl9xOUktbdKz6tGk3U7HfjWPAvdACLcBGAs/s1600/books%2Bfront.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GYiQnwBwiqU/XLAcYEORj8I/AAAAAAAACKo/Uj3Pybl9xOUktbdKz6tGk3U7HfjWPAvdACLcBGAs/s400/books%2Bfront.jpg" width="313" height="400" data-original-width="1252" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />The spines on them are immaculate. They really pop.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ViClWCEN0ww/XLAckTliQSI/AAAAAAAACKs/GHLy2IwbXY4-ndtBYjvK-lqRFkpCW8LVgCLcBGAs/s1600/books%2Bspines.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ViClWCEN0ww/XLAckTliQSI/AAAAAAAACKs/GHLy2IwbXY4-ndtBYjvK-lqRFkpCW8LVgCLcBGAs/s400/books%2Bspines.jpg" width="276" height="400" data-original-width="1102" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />As I said, the books are from 1975. I don't believe a reprint was ever done as all the ones I found online were from 1975. (They were also being sold as a set for prices from about 25 bucks to 50.) Here's a shot of the date page, even though it's a terrible picture.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vNk69xeyjXg/XLAc8m1_4oI/AAAAAAAACK8/oZXNCh8AqJUW469fBS_2OuhVBD3aEbpdACLcBGAs/s1600/books%2B1975.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vNk69xeyjXg/XLAc8m1_4oI/AAAAAAAACK8/oZXNCh8AqJUW469fBS_2OuhVBD3aEbpdACLcBGAs/s400/books%2B1975.jpg" width="400" height="378" data-original-width="1600" data-original-height="1513" /></a></div><br />So, there you have it. This month's giveaway would make handsome additions to your editions. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LI6ONegaB9g/XLAdSZMdYNI/AAAAAAAACLE/zkVhxI5G_kclpfc80mFTvNNnOmwXFi09wCLcBGAs/s1600/great%2Bhistorical.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LI6ONegaB9g/XLAdSZMdYNI/AAAAAAAACLE/zkVhxI5G_kclpfc80mFTvNNnOmwXFi09wCLcBGAs/s400/great%2Bhistorical.png" width="400" height="316" data-original-width="500" data-original-height="395" /></a></div><br />The trivia question this month is:<br /><br /><b>Name the stories where 'scrap-books' are mentioned.</b> <br /><br />(Now, that includes 'scrap-books' and 'scrapbooks.')<br />Make sure to send me your answer(s) on Messenger or by email at historicalsherlock@gmail.com. I am happy to answer any questions about the books, so ask away. Also, don't forget that I will include a little something in the shipment. Could be anything, but it will be Sherlockian. Good luck!<br /><br />I'll see you next time, and as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-76871851994501486712019-04-05T09:16:00.000-07:002019-04-05T09:16:42.827-07:00Best. Dayton. Conference. Ever!Last weekend I attended a gathering of Sherlockians known as Holmes, Doyle, and Friends (HD&F). This was the 6th such gathering since it took that name and had a re-birth of sorts. In 1981 it began as The Arthur Conan Doyle Symposium, and held that name for a very long time. (In fact, when I moved to Indianapolis in 1996, I found a t-shirt at a thrift store from the conference from the early 1990's. I wish I still had it, but I literally wore it out.) After a number of rocky years, it was given a new chance to shine, and it hasn't disappointed. This year's was the best yet, and I want to tell you all about it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l86rpsscelw/XKWRdnhoZxI/AAAAAAAACIY/tygOenUkip8hsWjDt6c54gMByUMT-LAsQCLcBGAs/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l86rpsscelw/XKWRdnhoZxI/AAAAAAAACIY/tygOenUkip8hsWjDt6c54gMByUMT-LAsQCLcBGAs/s400/logo.png" width="400" height="154" data-original-width="422" data-original-height="162" /></a></div><br />In order to bore you right up front, I'll tell you that my drive out on Friday to attend the reception was wonderful. I believe it was the first time I'd ever driven to Dayton with no construction slowing everything down. I turned on Sirius/XM's Elvis Channel, grabbed a tasty beverage, and had a wonderful afternoon drive. Upon arrival I had a quick bite and discovered a slight problem with my hotel room. Once corrected, I headed to the reception to see a lot of familiar and friendly faces. After the party I headed back to my room to pratice my presentation one last time, and hit the sack.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-89caoCqNntk/XKWU0oV_q_I/AAAAAAAACIk/QAMvkUqT_VoZhkcjTjXvllvqHowdQCgmgCLcBGAs/s1600/regina.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-89caoCqNntk/XKWU0oV_q_I/AAAAAAAACIk/QAMvkUqT_VoZhkcjTjXvllvqHowdQCgmgCLcBGAs/s400/regina.jpg" width="400" height="253" data-original-width="960" data-original-height="608" /></a></div>(Photo by Steven Doyle)<br /><br />Breakfast had, I checked in at the conference, found a good seat, and did some chit-chatting. Dealers of all sorts of things Sherlockian encircled the large room, and people mingled and bought. At 10 a.m. it was time for the speakers to take the stage. <b>Dan </b><b>Andriacco</b>, the ring-master for the Dayton events, introduced the first speaker - <b>Bob Katz</b>. Bob gave (from memory) a talk about how there's some proof that John Watson was a drummer boy in the Civil War. (I had just met Bob the night before, and he is a very nice gentleman. Oh, and he mentioned me in his talk. Helped how much I like him a lot!)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MSdDK6OMVvQ/XKWWQf8N1BI/AAAAAAAACIw/d-YfKBtoO2If0bchy6XqZ0XlSAvC0fauwCLcBGAs/s1600/bob.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MSdDK6OMVvQ/XKWWQf8N1BI/AAAAAAAACIw/d-YfKBtoO2If0bchy6XqZ0XlSAvC0fauwCLcBGAs/s400/bob.jpg" width="400" height="225" data-original-width="960" data-original-height="540" /></a></div>(Photo by Jacquelynn Bost Morris)<br /><br />Next up was <b>Susan Bailey</b>. This lady is one of the most genuine people I've ever met, and she has become one of the foremost researchers in the Sherlockian galaxy in the last few years. She gave a frank talk about the real-life inspiration for Tonga from <i>The Sign of [the] Four</i> (SIGN). Here's a shot of her with yours truly. (I didn't have time to smile.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1kFxjBWjZCs/XKWXwcXzSYI/AAAAAAAACI8/aMNVJYyyPWkUKhLtE9u23Nhdvp0qFcGjwCLcBGAs/s1600/me%2Band%2Bsusan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1kFxjBWjZCs/XKWXwcXzSYI/AAAAAAAACI8/aMNVJYyyPWkUKhLtE9u23Nhdvp0qFcGjwCLcBGAs/s400/me%2Band%2Bsusan.jpg" width="400" height="264" data-original-width="960" data-original-height="633" /></a></div>(Photo by Steven Doyle)<br /><br /><b>Ann Margaret Lewis</b> was up next, and she took us through one of the lesser-discussed points in The Canon - the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus. She explained what everything was, and we even got to hear examples of the music that is being referred to. (Motets are defined as a short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic and unaccompanied. Lassus was a composer.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1rZiYCaOnz0/XKWZevD-nKI/AAAAAAAACJI/1Fex1qxUYGsBqkHJ4_X7irOyrRQydDiPgCLcBGAs/s1600/ann.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1rZiYCaOnz0/XKWZevD-nKI/AAAAAAAACJI/1Fex1qxUYGsBqkHJ4_X7irOyrRQydDiPgCLcBGAs/s400/ann.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="720" data-original-height="960" /></a></div>(Photo by Marcy Mahle)<br /><br />The inimitable <b>Scott Monty</b> was behind the mic next. He gave a hilarious talk about brand names in The Canon. It's amazing how many he found, and he had us in stitches.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GUvgKDc11Hc/XKWaMZfn7mI/AAAAAAAACJQ/0dmOn24GhE8uUpgXiXMLpTv01PvpiNGkwCLcBGAs/s1600/scott.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GUvgKDc11Hc/XKWaMZfn7mI/AAAAAAAACJQ/0dmOn24GhE8uUpgXiXMLpTv01PvpiNGkwCLcBGAs/s400/scott.jpg" width="400" height="200" data-original-width="960" data-original-height="480" /></a></div>(Photo by Jacquelynn Bost Morris)<br /><br />After Scott was teacher <b>Susan Neihart Carlisle</b>. She gave us a peek into her Tennessee classroom, and her teaching style. It's heavily Sherlockian, and she uses The Canon and Holmes's methods in her teaching. It was an amazing talk, and one that got a hearty round of applause.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p4pXPxZWhQY/XKWbY1njFaI/AAAAAAAACJc/b-Aoh6ZHBiwoeMqNnSXiw48AylYmnjaDgCLcBGAs/s1600/susan%2Band%2Bbob.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p4pXPxZWhQY/XKWbY1njFaI/AAAAAAAACJc/b-Aoh6ZHBiwoeMqNnSXiw48AylYmnjaDgCLcBGAs/s400/susan%2Band%2Bbob.jpg" width="400" height="269" data-original-width="718" data-original-height="483" /></a></div>(Photo by unknown)<br /><br /><b>Jeffrey Marks</b> then took the mic to give us a look into the life of eminent Sherlockian Anthony Boucher. A nice addition was the part about the Rathbone/Bruce radio plays. Some fascinating info came out of that talk that I may use at a later date.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QfV1u_SKkRY/XKWcbPBSA7I/AAAAAAAACJo/wG8zzPiZsKM7Ex4O7A7sdbXQrRqaAOcSgCLcBGAs/s1600/jeffrey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QfV1u_SKkRY/XKWcbPBSA7I/AAAAAAAACJo/wG8zzPiZsKM7Ex4O7A7sdbXQrRqaAOcSgCLcBGAs/s400/jeffrey.jpg" width="280" height="400" data-original-width="673" data-original-height="960" /></a></div>(Photo by Marcy Mahle)<br /><br /><b>I</b> was next on the program, and I got to give a repeat of a talk from five years before titled 'Around the World in 63,540 Days.' It's a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon meets Connections (the James Burke show) kind of thing. It's so much fun to give, and it really gets a lot of laughs from the audience. I was so pleased with the reception of it, and can only hope I get to expand upon the idea some day. (The 63,540 day spread is basically the number of days between the earliest and latest events in the talk.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VQtsuHmgYcc/XKWdlGwkbWI/AAAAAAAACJ0/9mYx9bjIkvoJRJAU7mld9MXR3RWFHVZbgCLcBGAs/s1600/my%2Btalk.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VQtsuHmgYcc/XKWdlGwkbWI/AAAAAAAACJ0/9mYx9bjIkvoJRJAU7mld9MXR3RWFHVZbgCLcBGAs/s400/my%2Btalk.jpg" width="400" height="225" data-original-width="960" data-original-height="540" /></a></div>(Photo by Jacquelynn Bost Morris)<br /><br />Finishing out the day was <b>Regina Stinson</b>. Regina is an amazing Sherlockian who runs her own club in Detroit. Her talk was a chronological look at the Holmes filmography. She mixed in some clips, and had some opinions to give about some of the really bad movies out there. It was the perfect presentation to end the day.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1MeL-mPVvuo/XKWeYRcSu8I/AAAAAAAACJ8/Pbil5mvfEY00r6UEnRCLOf--RSO0J8S9ACLcBGAs/s1600/regina%2Btalk.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1MeL-mPVvuo/XKWeYRcSu8I/AAAAAAAACJ8/Pbil5mvfEY00r6UEnRCLOf--RSO0J8S9ACLcBGAs/s400/regina%2Btalk.jpg" width="400" height="300" data-original-width="720" data-original-height="540" /></a></div>(Photo by Jacquelynn Bost Morris)<br /><br />The whole thing is a mixed effort by a number of people, all belonging to a scion society named The Agra Treasurers from Dayton, OH. They truly do an amazing job. This year saw a record crowd, and I understand that next year is going to be even bigger.<br /><br />For those of us who continued to attend even when things were less than wonderful, this is a true pleasure. It's such a midwest institution for we faithful, and it was necessary to keep going to make sure it didn't go away completely. What we've all got to experience for the last few years has been the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of great people. I offer my congratulations, and am really looking forward to next year.<br /><br />(On a side note, I was listed on the program as a BSI member. I don't bring this up to embarrass anyone, it was just a mistake. However, a number of people have contacted me about it and asked when that happened. Well, it hasn't. I'm not a BSI member. Just wanted to clear that up.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Xmk7WPP0hI/XKYgtTQbkdI/AAAAAAAACKI/I8uNhNxSNSIIme6FYnMff66ABMmcs7DRwCLcBGAs/s1600/program_LI.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Xmk7WPP0hI/XKYgtTQbkdI/AAAAAAAACKI/I8uNhNxSNSIIme6FYnMff66ABMmcs7DRwCLcBGAs/s400/program_LI.jpg" width="400" height="249" data-original-width="930" data-original-height="580" /></a></div>(Photo by Jacquelynn Bost Morris)<br /><br />So, if you can fit it into your calendar, make plans to attend this event next year. It will fill up quickly, so keep an eye out for announcements about it on Facebook. It promises to be another great conference, and you'll have a great time. Anyway, I'll see you next time (on here), and as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-90583599724166477212019-03-25T09:15:00.001-07:002019-04-02T08:55:35.222-07:00A Few Words About A Few WordsOne of the things that chronologists deal with is terminology. Just like today, a word or phrase can place you in a certain time. (I don't use "far out" much anymore, but do when I'm trying to sound really cool.) I had never really thought about this problem until one night at a meeting of my home society. I was discussing 'The Sussex Vampire' (SUSS) and how I had dated it differently than anyone else based on a particular word. (I discuss it below.) And that's when something happened which changed my chronological world...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p2OfLoqwzUM/XJT1aiDDj0I/AAAAAAAACHU/VZr4a153MR8rwO4C7I6kpmTG-2A3oNPgwCLcBGAs/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p2OfLoqwzUM/XJT1aiDDj0I/AAAAAAAACHU/VZr4a153MR8rwO4C7I6kpmTG-2A3oNPgwCLcBGAs/s400/logo.png" width="400" height="154" data-original-width="422" data-original-height="162" /></a></div><br />A member mentioned that it might be possible that Watson could've used a word while editing that may not have been in use at the exact time the story events took place. That really blew my mind. If Watson waited years before publishing a story, he might've tossed in a current buzzword that wasn't around years before. Now, I know they weren't as common then as now, but it still happened. And the one from SUSS is a perfect example of it.<br /><br />But, this post isn't about dating stories that way. It's about unusual words found in The Canon. I cover some of them in passing in a previous posts (which I know you've all read dozens of times), but I have a whole list of others to present today. (We'll do phrases another time.) So, let's get started.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dq1wWu00T-s/XJT5-gS9Q3I/AAAAAAAACHg/tehc9bLwsEYBLXtiyY_y1MgGMe5H65sqgCLcBGAs/s1600/dictionary.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dq1wWu00T-s/XJT5-gS9Q3I/AAAAAAAACHg/tehc9bLwsEYBLXtiyY_y1MgGMe5H65sqgCLcBGAs/s400/dictionary.jpg" width="400" height="326" data-original-width="535" data-original-height="436" /></a></div><br />I used to have a Facebook Page called 'Bitterbumps and Hurry-Scurry.' It was dedicated to dead, unused, obsolete, archaic, and unusual words. Some of the ones on this list made it on there. Sadly, the Page is now gone, but my love of words hasn't waned in any way. I still love reading dictionaries just for fun, and always will. Anyway, let's start at A, and use the Canonical line that contains that word for each example.<br /><br />"For God's sake, Ettie, let it stand at that!" he cried. "Will you ruin your life and my own for the sake of this promise? Follow your heart, <b>acushla</b>!"<br />This word appears several times in T<i>he Valley of Fear</i> (VALL). It's an Irish term for darling or sweetheart. Similarly, macushla translates about the same way, and was featured in the movie 'Million Dollar Baby' (which I've never seen). It was also the title of a song from 1910, so it was definitely around at the time of Holmes and Watson.<br /><br />"He jumped up when he heard my business, and I had my whistle to my lips to call a couple of river police, who were round the corner, but he seemed to have no heart in him, and he held out his hands quietly enough for the <b>darbies</b>."<br />...<br />"Just hold out while I fix the <b>derbies</b>."<br />The top line is from 'The Cardboard Box' (CARD), and the bottom one is from 'The Red-Headed League' (REDH). Each represents the only time both occur in The Writings, and they both mean the same thing - handcuffs. It's slang for the manacles, and both were used at the time. Kind of a unique situation for a term.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zObaYFc9Od4/XJUBjb1zCgI/AAAAAAAACHs/vI-yb8W1ERInq3E5y1M4WFD5X5pyWcYhACLcBGAs/s1600/darbies.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zObaYFc9Od4/XJUBjb1zCgI/AAAAAAAACHs/vI-yb8W1ERInq3E5y1M4WFD5X5pyWcYhACLcBGAs/s400/darbies.jpg" width="400" height="300" data-original-width="1024" data-original-height="768" /></a></div><br />"A litter of empty tins showed that the place had been occupied for some time, and I saw, as my eyes became accustomed to the chequered light, a <b>pannikin</b> and a half-full bottle of spirits standing in the corner."<br />This word for a small metal drinking cup can be found in <i>The Hound of the Baskervilles</i> (HOUN). (A few lines later we hear of a 'tinned tongue.' Sounds lovely, but we won't be talking about it here...or showing any pictures.)<br /><br />"These, though known for their valour and their breed, were whimpering in a cluster at the head of a deep dip or <b>goyal</b>, as we call it, upon the moor, some slinking away and some, with starting hackles and staring eyes, gazing down the narrow valley before them."<br />Also from HOUN, this one means a type of ravine or gully, but can be any type of depression in the ground.<br /><br />"There was excellent wild duck shooting in the <b>fens</b>, remarkably good fishing, a small but select library, taken over, as I understood, from a former occupant, and a tolerable cook, so that it would be a fastidious man who could not put in a pleasant month there."<br />This one is from 'The Gloria Scott'(GLOR). It is a type of wetland. Over in 'A Case of Identity' (IDEN) you'll find a reference to Fenchurch Street. As you can guess, it is related.<br /><br />"A worked <b>antimacassar</b> lay upon her lap and a basket of coloured silks stood upon a stool beside her."<br />Also from CARD, this one is a kind of cover used on chairs or sofas. A duvet or armcovers would be its equivalent.<br /><br />(But not this...)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lPhycQJfmWc/XJUMXv5zBXI/AAAAAAAACH4/2HPOs79vyGwBV-RAl9irlbeq4AS1YVGawCLcBGAs/s1600/plastic%2Bcovered%2Bsofa.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lPhycQJfmWc/XJUMXv5zBXI/AAAAAAAACH4/2HPOs79vyGwBV-RAl9irlbeq4AS1YVGawCLcBGAs/s400/plastic%2Bcovered%2Bsofa.png" width="400" height="271" data-original-width="591" data-original-height="400" /></a></div><br />"It is an ordinary plumber's <b>smoke rocket</b>, fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting."<br />A device used by plumbers that filled pipes with smoke so leaks could be found. They were also called smoke bombs. You'll find it in 'A Scandal in Bohemia' (SCAN).<br /><br />"He'd had the <b>quinsy</b> and swollen glands when he was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, and a hesitating whispering fashion of speech."<br />This is a medical problem also known as a peritonsillar abscess. (Pleasent, eh?) From IDEN, it's basically tonsillitis.<br /><br />"Vanderbilt and the <b>yeggman</b>."<br />Holmes mentions this when reading from his 'V' volume. It's one of the "unchronicled" cases. Mentioned in SUSS, as well, it is a word for a safecracker. (Or a burglar on a more basic level.) It's origin is debated, but I've read it's either Yiddish, Chinese, or Gypsy, which I mention below. This is the word that started the conversation I alluded to at the beginning of this post. I wrote about it way back in October of 2005, and posted <i>that</i> article on here in July of last year. Here's what I said about it...<br /><br /><b>The other problem is the first appearance of the word yegg or yeggman. Specifically it refers to a burglar or safecracker and it is most likely a Gypsy word or name originally meaning 'bomber.' Noting that the word refers to a burglar who cracks safes sloppily, perhaps by using poorly made bombs, solves the bomber/burglar problem. The first recorded use of the word in print is attributed to The New York Evening Post in June 1903. It became part of the British vernacular in or about 1900 but was around in the mid-1890's in the United States as a slang term. In a series of speeches given and published from 1904 on by William Pinkerton, of the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency, the word is used heavily and in one case was what the entire speech was about. Holmes would have likely read these accounts but not in time to set the date in 1897. As "yegg" did exist in street lingo prior to these articles it is possible for him to have heard it, maybe from the Irregulars. Even so, he probably would not have yet had it listed in his files and certainly not in capitalized form.</b><br /><br />I eventually dated SUSS to November of 1901 based somewhat on the use of this word. But, if it's possible Watson used it out of time while editing, then you can't actually use it to help set a date. (I still like my date, by the way, regardless.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qz_pjk5E5-A/XJUWuU7PpuI/AAAAAAAACIM/-zg9fKuwOn8TdxbPyY0UB8lQnxYuzKJ7gCLcBGAs/s1600/yeggman-book.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qz_pjk5E5-A/XJUWuU7PpuI/AAAAAAAACIM/-zg9fKuwOn8TdxbPyY0UB8lQnxYuzKJ7gCLcBGAs/s400/yeggman-book.jpg" width="318" height="400" data-original-width="467" data-original-height="587" /></a></div><br />So, there you have some of the odd examples of terms in The Canon. I know this info is available in most of the reference books we have in our Sherlockian book collections, but as always I add my own little twists to it so it isn't quite so stuffy and academic.<br /><br />I'll give a full report of my travels to Dayton for Holmes, Doyle, and Friends VI when I get back. (Well, early in April I will.) See you then. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-60854467821263269492019-03-10T17:02:00.001-07:002019-03-10T17:02:27.593-07:00First Three-fer Prize...for the Second Giveaway!Well, a month has passed and it's time to give away more stuff. Our last winner got her package and a little something extra. I'll put a surprise in with the next shipment, too. This post will give you details about the products, but also to introduce a slight change. See, my old logo featured a Peterson churchwarden pipe, and I would never be able to use it in any official way. (Also, the pipe was a new one, and didn't exist in Holmes's time.) I went online and found a true 19th century clay pipe, and thus changed the logo to be more true to what I do here. The new version is below.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UjNpua0kiao/XIRqU5ubg5I/AAAAAAAACE8/rzm4TIuYrJkld2XQCsXH0Dz37_kev0u4QCLcBGAs/s1600/logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UjNpua0kiao/XIRqU5ubg5I/AAAAAAAACE8/rzm4TIuYrJkld2XQCsXH0Dz37_kev0u4QCLcBGAs/s400/logo.png" width="400" height="154" data-original-width="422" data-original-height="162" /></a></div><br />This month's giveaway is for three books. All are books of novels by Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlockian and non-Sherlockian. I have more than enough books about and by ACD, so I hope I can find good homes for the ones I don't need anymore. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m6XrBizus38/XIWjUFBONLI/AAAAAAAACHA/7iY3_nGOwoAKZXcukR8AbdXk8zDGr9xRgCLcBGAs/s1600/great%2Bhistorical.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m6XrBizus38/XIWjUFBONLI/AAAAAAAACHA/7iY3_nGOwoAKZXcukR8AbdXk8zDGr9xRgCLcBGAs/s400/great%2Bhistorical.png" width="400" height="316" data-original-width="500" data-original-height="395" /></a></div><br />So, let's take a look at what's up for grabs.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fe02xkK-fbg/XISY2pZGbLI/AAAAAAAACFQ/wlU82G08OXA3hgyySxXBwbeenPTGyqVawCLcBGAs/s1600/20190308_115136.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fe02xkK-fbg/XISY2pZGbLI/AAAAAAAACFQ/wlU82G08OXA3hgyySxXBwbeenPTGyqVawCLcBGAs/s400/20190308_115136.jpg" width="354" height="400" data-original-width="1415" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />Here is a series of photos that give ideas about quality. The books aren't perfect. At best they'd be good reading copies, but they don't smell, and have no major problems like loose pages or insect damage. I'll put a word or two of explanation with some of the pictures.<br /><br />The dust jacket of the Sherlockian (smaller) book has obvious wear. It isn't ripped or damaged in any way, but it has been used and slid between other books many, many times. As you can see in the above picture, the spine is faded. The book is clean on the inside. No writing or the like.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-quojTmvpZIk/XISZ24t5wrI/AAAAAAAACFc/qfrKZkBGu7c7LE2xd3RQ_yzCaBI_ZfM0QCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_234158.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-quojTmvpZIk/XISZ24t5wrI/AAAAAAAACFc/qfrKZkBGu7c7LE2xd3RQ_yzCaBI_ZfM0QCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_234158.jpg" width="217" height="320" data-original-width="1087" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YhQnHRL1w24/XISZ9fXGaBI/AAAAAAAACFg/fvTXqr3ClistxUHsW4LkA1S_5_NgyllQwCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221341.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YhQnHRL1w24/XISZ9fXGaBI/AAAAAAAACFg/fvTXqr3ClistxUHsW4LkA1S_5_NgyllQwCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221341.jpg" width="218" height="320" data-original-width="1091" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>At some point the back bottom got wet, and the color bled some. The book has slight discoloration, but not too bad. The next two photos show the color bleed.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KcCBwjA7TW8/XISaDuoC74I/AAAAAAAACFk/GkNfLCc5KaUGHdRwPaKZdI2DitnsYYkSACLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221244.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KcCBwjA7TW8/XISaDuoC74I/AAAAAAAACFk/GkNfLCc5KaUGHdRwPaKZdI2DitnsYYkSACLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221244.jpg" width="229" height="320" data-original-width="1143" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VKuoPPQKemM/XISaH1n-LYI/AAAAAAAACFo/4Y18Rc4i1d8H5pC-eVZpSVjw3iNweCvOACLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221425.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VKuoPPQKemM/XISaH1n-LYI/AAAAAAAACFo/4Y18Rc4i1d8H5pC-eVZpSVjw3iNweCvOACLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221425.jpg" width="320" height="201" data-original-width="1600" data-original-height="1004" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qqY52O7dDf8/XISa-q8IKuI/AAAAAAAACF4/-i05Z4UsSuIyrMeO1SAXB2EVl5ZDmAKVgCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221203.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qqY52O7dDf8/XISa-q8IKuI/AAAAAAAACF4/-i05Z4UsSuIyrMeO1SAXB2EVl5ZDmAKVgCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221203.jpg" width="235" height="320" data-original-width="1176" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>Now, about the two-volume set...<br />Whoever owned them made sure to notate who read what when. Both have these kinds of writing in them, but there is considerably less in Volume Two.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Qkhh3T_4nA/XISbDJDqVHI/AAAAAAAACF8/ZA8sYN8mEmUcEN32y7QdAbkNrrpJe3FlwCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221555.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Qkhh3T_4nA/XISbDJDqVHI/AAAAAAAACF8/ZA8sYN8mEmUcEN32y7QdAbkNrrpJe3FlwCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221555.jpg" width="217" height="320" data-original-width="1085" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LFxwvZSn_ko/XISbJaLhKeI/AAAAAAAACGA/x7oTTIO_idYIw_sYaV7ACGF3QsM94gySQCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221634.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LFxwvZSn_ko/XISbJaLhKeI/AAAAAAAACGA/x7oTTIO_idYIw_sYaV7ACGF3QsM94gySQCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221634.jpg" width="242" height="320" data-original-width="1211" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6YrD2Bu93UU/XIScjH-7uYI/AAAAAAAACGQ/tVzr7ou29vg0RVjmVgwDzTRhdvYaqp6LgCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_222003.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6YrD2Bu93UU/XIScjH-7uYI/AAAAAAAACGQ/tVzr7ou29vg0RVjmVgwDzTRhdvYaqp6LgCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_222003.jpg" width="244" height="320" data-original-width="1219" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>Each book has a review in it that appears to have been cut out of some magazine or book. They're stapled, but the staples have not stained the book pages.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vV9awLCi2Xo/XIScpqO9PUI/AAAAAAAACGU/u1-EmTUitx4ZIhXeau_fARV0rk4ZtvLVwCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_233552.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vV9awLCi2Xo/XIScpqO9PUI/AAAAAAAACGU/u1-EmTUitx4ZIhXeau_fARV0rk4ZtvLVwCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_233552.jpg" width="221" height="320" data-original-width="1104" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>Each is embossed with this seal showing they are from the collection of Robert Burr - a noted Sherlockian from Ilinois.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PaL5ApYFues/XIScweOTRTI/AAAAAAAACGY/RvDSiowkq7kGoc1i-Mkcu3D0bDakcyVCQCLcBGAs/s1600/20190309_221826.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PaL5ApYFues/XIScweOTRTI/AAAAAAAACGY/RvDSiowkq7kGoc1i-Mkcu3D0bDakcyVCQCLcBGAs/s320/20190309_221826.jpg" width="221" height="320" data-original-width="1107" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />The two volume set has beautiful dust jackets. There are a couple of very minor corner bumps, but otherwise they are perfect. The books sat on a shelf near a window for far too long - there is yellowing of the page edges throughout them both. The books aren't damaged in any way, but the sunstaining is very evident. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3kbzgU9T0Gc/XIVoq-vnmkI/AAAAAAAACG0/WSDqK7iGFUc2XAVcng7tMZU9OKJxXxEBACLcBGAs/s1600/so....jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3kbzgU9T0Gc/XIVoq-vnmkI/AAAAAAAACG0/WSDqK7iGFUc2XAVcng7tMZU9OKJxXxEBACLcBGAs/s400/so....jpg" width="400" height="316" data-original-width="300" data-original-height="237" /></a></div><br />I know these aren't great finds, but remember that I don't collect for value. Price stickers, writing, folded corners (even though I don't do that), tape marks...all of these things show where a book has been. I love that kind of character. It's fun to try and deduce what those things mean.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z3lwcHXZyTc/XIVnYZUilfI/AAAAAAAACGo/GiNZjoa98BEJyUeGRiX_OLsM4r9KwhonACLcBGAs/s1600/emerson%2Bquote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z3lwcHXZyTc/XIVnYZUilfI/AAAAAAAACGo/GiNZjoa98BEJyUeGRiX_OLsM4r9KwhonACLcBGAs/s400/emerson%2Bquote.jpg" width="400" height="188" data-original-width="327" data-original-height="154" /></a></div><br />If you have any questions, or need different pictures, just let me know. I'll be happy to respond muy rapido.<br /><br />The trivia question this time is:<br /><b>Name the two French artists Holmes mentions by name in The Canon - and name the stories.</b><br />(Remember to send me your answers on Messenger or by email at historicalsherlock@gmail.com.)<br /><br />Correct answers are already coming in, so if you're interested get your in now. I charge no shipping, and I get them out soon after the 16th (the date of each drawing). I'll see you for the next blog post, and as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-28335140063133612602019-02-28T11:19:00.000-08:002019-02-28T11:19:11.662-08:00God Save The E-E-N!One of the stickiest problems in The Canon is the dates within 'The Red-Headed League' (REDH). Every chronologist has had to deal with it, and I was one of them. Back in 2010, however, I think I stumbled upon an explanation that would fix everything. I'm pulling this one out of the archives, and am proud to present it here. I still stand behind this, but can imagine it will cause some controversy. Either way, here it is.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GrFXtd-0g4A/XHOE__K0jvI/AAAAAAAACEY/a0LtjpxAr0gjqz3pC0wFjGb55brzY8tngCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GrFXtd-0g4A/XHOE__K0jvI/AAAAAAAACEY/a0LtjpxAr0gjqz3pC0wFjGb55brzY8tngCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br /><b>God Save The E-E-N</b><br />by Vince Wright<br /><br />E-E-N. What, you ask? Well, with these three letters I will do something that has not been accomplished hitherto, and it will be the supreme apex of my chronological career. Ready? I am about to solve the date problems found in 'The Red-Headed League.'<br />When I took up the challenge of being a chronologist, I dreaded this story the most as I knew it would be a real bugaboo. But, I put my mind to it and figured out a way to explain away the major puzzles.<br />Here we go.<br />We know the story took place after 'A Case of Identity' and in autumn. I dated 'A Case of Identity' in 1888, but Holmes refers to it as if it were very recent. What he says, however, is "the other day, just before we went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary Sutherland..." I think he was referring to a <i>conversation</i> they had about the story, not the actual event. Maybe they were touching up on the details before its publication in the <i>Strand</i>, which was after this one.<br />The autumn part works out as it's October, and Jabez Wilson comes to Baker Street wearing a great-coat, a frock-coat, a waistcoat, and an overcoat!<br />So, what about the problems? First, Wilson presents Holmes and Watson with a copy of <i>The Morning Chronicle</i> from April 27, 1890, says that he spent eight weeks copying the encyclopedia, but then shows a sign stating that The Red-Headed League had been dissolved on October 9, 1890. Rudimentary math shows that those two dates aren't eight weeks apart, they're 23+ weeks apart. Also, <i>The Morning Chronicle</i> had been out of print since 1864! And, April 27, 1890, was a Sunday, and there were no Sunday papers in Victorian London.<br />As for the paper, Watson says it was dated "just two months ago." That would put the case in late June. This does have some validity. Holmes states that Sarasate is playing in London. Sarasate did, in fact, play there in June of 1890. This case doesn't in in June, though, it ends in October, and he did not play London in October, 1890, but the explanation is an easy one. The "two months" statement corresponds with Wilson's "eight weeks," but if Watson were editing the piece for the <i>Strand</i> and remembered that Wilson said that, then it would be logical for him to put in the phrase "two months" even if it didn't actually happen.<br />I also believe the newspaper was a fake. When it is shown, Holmes gets all giggly, while Watson is just astounded at the events. Holmes asks him to make a note of the paper and the date. He then asks questions about Wilson's employees <b>only</b>, but not the newspaper, while Watson kept asking about the ad. Then Holmes calls Wilson's statement "entertaining." My conjecture is that he knew it was a fake, which is why he didn't ask anymore questions about it, but allowed Watson to be taken in by it.<br />Geting back to Sarasate, when Holmes said that he (Sarasate) was playing in town, he could also have meant that the music of this was being played. Several artists at the time were giving performances of his pieces, so I think it's a pretty good bet that this was what was meant.<br />I really wasn't sure how to figure out the problem with the dates being more than two months apart. I then realized that three simple letters would solve it. If you accept the fact that Watson added the "two months" part later, then it is reasonable, I think, to say that Wilson spent eight<i>een</i> weeks, not eight, copying the encyclopedia. Now, I know that most people would say 4 1/2 months, but it is possible to hear it the other way. So, if it's eighteen weeks, we are only left with a little over a month to explain away. (23+ weeks minus 18 weeks.) Wilson had to have taken days off, like Sundays and holidays. He even admitted that he wouldn't visit his own business for weeks at a time. Now, those days off may not add up to one month, but it's pretty close. Basically, I think he spent eighteen weeks doing his "job," but probably not eighteen straight weeks.<br />The only other snag we run into is that Wilson came to Baker Street on a Saturday, the same day he found the note tacked to the door. If I am right that he didn't work every single day, then it's possible the note hung there for two days before he saw it. See, October 9, 1890, is a Thursday, not a Saturday. Now, Wilson does say he went every day, but that has to be an exaggeration.<br />So, in my opinion everything in the story can be fitted together and I can say that the case began on Saturday, October 11, 1890, and ended the next day.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aEDgJNrCqtQ/XHTcHqOWjEI/AAAAAAAACEk/hIVN_P6dmhYLMigqXe1ipGJiW_JbkaNBACLcBGAs/s1600/wilson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aEDgJNrCqtQ/XHTcHqOWjEI/AAAAAAAACEk/hIVN_P6dmhYLMigqXe1ipGJiW_JbkaNBACLcBGAs/s400/wilson.jpg" width="400" height="400" data-original-width="800" data-original-height="800" /></a></div><br />You know, I'm still pretty proud of this. One day I'll take another look at it with more serious eyes and see if I can make my case even stronger. One day. For now, though, it was fun to pull this thing out and read it again. It's actually one of the longest pieces I've ever put in our home society newsletter, and one of my best, I think.<br /><br />On a side note, I had planned on tackling a different subject for this post, but it turned out to need a lot more research than I had anticipated, so it's a work in progress, and one that will eventually be on here.<br /><br />Anyway, I'll see you next month. And as always...thanks for reading. Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-56844219612137033022019-02-08T11:20:00.000-08:002019-02-11T09:31:03.697-08:00Let's Do The First Item First!Okay, everyone, it's time. Time to start giving away stuff. My stuff. My collection. Now, these items will be yours. (Well, maybe not YOU, but they will be someone's.) This is the first installment of my Great Historical Collection Reduction, and I love that it's happening. So, as Bob Barker would say...let's take a look at the first item up for bids!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GgLEX8i5kLk/XF0Ozg4gZ5I/AAAAAAAACC8/RlBS2Mide5cv69soKShy6Uyhc5Tx7c0qACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GgLEX8i5kLk/XF0Ozg4gZ5I/AAAAAAAACC8/RlBS2Mide5cv69soKShy6Uyhc5Tx7c0qACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />The first item is a 1974 book by Peter Haining called <i>The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook</i>. It is in its original dust jacket, and the book is in impeccable condition. I have two copies of this, and only need one. (And the one I'm keeping doesn't have the dust jacket!)<br />There are a few problems with quality, but they all belong to said dust jacket. Below is a series of pictures showing everything about it. Please remember that I don't collect for value, so it's rare I'll have something in mint condition. Also, I am passing these things on just as I got them. I will make no modifications or repairs. They are free, after all, and I'm just trying to pay them forward. So, please make sure the item is acceptable to you. If you get something and you're not satisfied with it for some reason, please give it to someone else. Let's keep these things moving.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GktxxT22CCM/XF0QXA-g7qI/AAAAAAAACDI/jM4Aw7NuHHA2dkdioG5QpVH4H1nyiRiRQCLcBGAs/s1600/haining%2Bsh%2Bscrapbook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GktxxT22CCM/XF0QXA-g7qI/AAAAAAAACDI/jM4Aw7NuHHA2dkdioG5QpVH4H1nyiRiRQCLcBGAs/s400/haining%2Bsh%2Bscrapbook.jpg" width="311" height="400" data-original-width="554" data-original-height="713" /></a></div>This is the book. It measures about 15 X 12, and is about 1/2 inch thick. (That dark spot in the middle is just a reflection from my camera. The cover is spotless.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AgQ0jqs1DCk/XF0Q_ONv3wI/AAAAAAAACDQ/rjZveNpv5HYyj3xjsIpbmgZqLybz284agCLcBGAs/s1600/20190207_121014.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AgQ0jqs1DCk/XF0Q_ONv3wI/AAAAAAAACDQ/rjZveNpv5HYyj3xjsIpbmgZqLybz284agCLcBGAs/s400/20190207_121014.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="1200" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>This is what it looks like without the DJ. It's almost perfect.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8i2e1_bQNQE/XF0R_aRdLoI/AAAAAAAACDc/POR7ohuwrYo7bvoERmV7GyL7lLKS7Qi2ACLcBGAs/s1600/foxing.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8i2e1_bQNQE/XF0R_aRdLoI/AAAAAAAACDc/POR7ohuwrYo7bvoERmV7GyL7lLKS7Qi2ACLcBGAs/s400/foxing.png" width="400" height="257" data-original-width="483" data-original-height="310" /></a></div>The DJ has some curling and tiny tears at the top, but nowhere else. These two shots show the yellowing and curling. The curling can be flattened with an iron, though I suggest you watch a YouTube video or two about how to do it first.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O778D8GQuoE/XF0TjXDN0jI/AAAAAAAACDo/klcLg4b5SIUaHNTQG0Y-MeMcHi-37DFQwCLcBGAs/s1600/corners.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O778D8GQuoE/XF0TjXDN0jI/AAAAAAAACDo/klcLg4b5SIUaHNTQG0Y-MeMcHi-37DFQwCLcBGAs/s400/corners.png" width="400" height="174" data-original-width="737" data-original-height="320" /></a></div>This series of pictures show more DJ problems. Again, it's only along the top. There is some wear along the bottom where the book was slid in and out between other books, but it's minimal. (Third picture above.) It has one minor corner bump. The brunt of the wear happened to the DJ.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aCHiWzoxmVM/XF0T0VRCUCI/AAAAAAAACDw/sLujaR4AQfo6i_2lwTIyLCB85zJiM-gUwCLcBGAs/s1600/20190207_120837.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aCHiWzoxmVM/XF0T0VRCUCI/AAAAAAAACDw/sLujaR4AQfo6i_2lwTIyLCB85zJiM-gUwCLcBGAs/s400/20190207_120837.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="1200" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>The book is perfect inside. No marks, no writing, no tears, no smudges. This page is the only one with any kind of mark. It's at the bottom, is smaller than a pencil eraser end, and looks to have happened in production. That is the only thing I could find in the entire volume. The book has no odors, and was not kept (by me) in a smoking home. I don't remember how long I've had it, or where I got it, but I know it's been many years. So, any smell it came with (though I recall none) has hopefully vanished. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EU08VkfmwUw/XF0UerB5D6I/AAAAAAAACD4/N4MiOvJjMlIN1Ap7l724ndQjDXMfo87hwCLcBGAs/s1600/20190207_120800.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EU08VkfmwUw/XF0UerB5D6I/AAAAAAAACD4/N4MiOvJjMlIN1Ap7l724ndQjDXMfo87hwCLcBGAs/s400/20190207_120800.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="1200" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>Last one. This shows the pertinent info to collectors and book people.<br /><br />Now, if you think this is something you might want, then answer the trivia question below:<br /><br /><b>(NOT counting the story title itself...) How many times does the phrase "illustrious client(s)" appear in The Canon - and in which stories?<br /></b><br />The rules are simple:<br />1. Answer the trivia question by sending me your answer on Messenger, or by email. (Historicalsherlock@gmail.com)<br />2. The item will be up for one week, and then a winner will be picked from the correct answers by my wife on the 16th of each month. (Entries end at midnight on the 15th.)<br />3. I will mail you the package soon after.<br /><br />If you have any questions about this piece, let me know. I'll happily send other pictures, or provide more info.<br /><br />Good luck!<br />And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-22301204154107812672019-01-28T10:27:00.000-08:002019-01-28T10:27:50.956-08:00Giving It All Away! (Well, Not ALL Of It.)Recently I made it known that I wanted to give away some stuff. Lots of stuff. Stuff I'd been collecting for years. The reason is simple: I am taking more of a minimalist view of things and so much of what I grabbed during my completist days is no longer wanted or needed by me. Not to say it's junk, just things that I no longer appreciate. I am still growing my collection, just with things (books, articles, newsletters, various publications) that help serve my purpose here. So, I'm going to pay it forward.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7cWmeYPQYZU/XE1EOqA0ycI/AAAAAAAACCM/Nh40Ia6TDgIhVpaE0gLRgDxrnZiTjrhWACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7cWmeYPQYZU/XE1EOqA0ycI/AAAAAAAACCM/Nh40Ia6TDgIhVpaE0gLRgDxrnZiTjrhWACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />I'm actually quite excited to do this for the faithful out there. I have some decent items on my shelves (and in boxes) that need homes that will utilize them more often. I've been a part of their histories, now someone else needs to take over. There's going to be lots of books. There'll be random items, magazines, newsletters, journals, clothing, and whatever else I'll open a box and see and be surprised by that I kept. And it's going to take a while to give it all away, too. It won't all happen at once, I'll be doing a giveaway every month. For a while.<br /><br />So, here's how it's going to work: it's going to be a Canonical trivia kind of thing. Low end. I'm not going to make the questions too hard as I do want to give this stuff away. Still, the whole purpose for this blog is The Canon, and we'll not be venturing out of it. Well, maybe sometimes, but never out of Victorian England. Oh, and here's what I'm going to call it...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0aOY-vkcTr4/XE1QYPfsv-I/AAAAAAAACCw/ugp0rLy0VAw1a96SLr3AvasUAH2jgYVrQCLcBGAs/s1600/victorian%2Bwallpaper%2Bpurple.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0aOY-vkcTr4/XE1QYPfsv-I/AAAAAAAACCw/ugp0rLy0VAw1a96SLr3AvasUAH2jgYVrQCLcBGAs/s400/victorian%2Bwallpaper%2Bpurple.png" width="400" height="316" data-original-width="500" data-original-height="395" /></a></div><br />Pretty cool, right? I will be giving away the first prize next month. We'll do it on the 15th, and on every 15th after that until the supply is exhausted. I already have the item picked out, and I'm happy to be giving it a new home. I'll reveal what it is one week before the 15th, and that will give everyone a chance to see it and decide if it's something they want to try for. So, I'm ready to begin disbursing my things out to other collections and libraries. It's going to be a lot of fun, and I am thrilled to even be in a position to offer it.<br /><br />I'll see you soon, and hopefully you can get some of my stuff, so until then. <br />And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-74073810752917588932019-01-13T20:07:00.000-08:002019-01-16T22:12:19.792-08:00It's A 'J' Month, But Not The One You ThinkIt's January, and that means we need to talk about the birthday of Sherlock Holmes. Not necessarily the year he was born (1854), but the date. Traditionally it's celebrated on the 6th, and with decent reason, but others (including myself), don't necessarily agree with it. So, this post is going to look at it from some old and new angles.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FLmf-S1cH8U/XDWKz8zMWUI/AAAAAAAACA4/B38WGijAiOEa_UPThZTV2Rtix6z4BCy8gCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FLmf-S1cH8U/XDWKz8zMWUI/AAAAAAAACA4/B38WGijAiOEa_UPThZTV2Rtix6z4BCy8gCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />Last week I gave a short paper to my home society The Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis. The idea was to examine the birthday question from a chronological viewpoint. Well, in doing the research I recalled that I had written an article about it a long time ago. Some searching brought me to an edition of <i>The Illustrious Clients News</i> from December 2006. In it I found that I had suggested an idea for no other reason than for laughs. Well, the more I looked at it the more I thought it was worth looking at a little harder.<br /><br />Let's start, though, with the reasons that exist for the 6th. The chart below (which I found on Facebook) sums it up pretty well.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n6Zl2zBvvp4/XDWMkiUeOXI/AAAAAAAACBE/H-6uTH6Fvy0dot9HPu2VffvEY3LrnwNgACLcBGAs/s1600/holmes%2Bbirthday.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n6Zl2zBvvp4/XDWMkiUeOXI/AAAAAAAACBE/H-6uTH6Fvy0dot9HPu2VffvEY3LrnwNgACLcBGAs/s400/holmes%2Bbirthday.jpg" width="400" height="327" data-original-width="521" data-original-height="426" /></a></div><br />I had stated once before that I thought the logic was kind of silly, but I also admitted that if <i>I</i> had come up with it I'd never shut up about it. In the article I look at other options for trying to tie down a date. They weren't very good, and I think perhaps I was just trying to get to my word count. But, today we're going to look at some possibilities, including where I finally landed.<br /><br />There are those who think other dates fit the bill better. Some debate has been raised about the emerald tie-pin that Holmes received in 'The Bruce-Partington Plans' (BRUC) from a "certain gracious lady." Since the emerald is the birthstone for May, that month has been suggested. Someone else said the emerald had been the birthstone for June for a while (although I didn't find when) so June was an option. Another person said that it wasn't an emerald, but a different green stone - a rare green garnet. (That points back to January.) One person said the date had to be in May because he figured Holmes wasn't shooting 'VR' into his wall, but V13. Thus, May 13th. (I know. Kind of odd.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ko-ALjKCxW0/XDWS0W4n-hI/AAAAAAAACBY/eiCseEAqYtEwAZBhcU90rrEt1Vx0oVh4gCLcBGAs/s1600/vr.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ko-ALjKCxW0/XDWS0W4n-hI/AAAAAAAACBY/eiCseEAqYtEwAZBhcU90rrEt1Vx0oVh4gCLcBGAs/s400/vr.jpg" width="400" height="391" data-original-width="604" data-original-height="591" /></a></div><br />Another thought that was explained to me was from a religious point of view. Turns out January 6th is the Feast of Epiphany on the Christian calendar. The Feast is when mysterious things re revealed, thus Holmes would be a perfect match for it. But, Epiphany is directly related to Twelfth Night, so I don't really count this as a separate piece of 'evidence.' Another problem is that some parts of the Christian community celebrate it on the 5th as they believe the 12 Days of Christmas starts on Christmas Eve. Further, there are a lot of traditions related to the Feast, and one is hard-pressed to find a way to tie any of them to Holmes in some way.<br /><br />Sticking with June, there's another thought that it was June 17. Seems another researcher placed 'The Red-Headed League' (REDH) in a certain year, and in that year Sarasate played a concert in London, and Holmes gave that concert to himself as a birthday present. Again, it holds just as much water as the original logic behind January 6, but without the followers.<br /><br />Now, let's get to the date I stumbled upon. When I was reading the reasoning of others, I was intrigued by the birthstone idea. Not a lot of jewels appear in The Canon, and birthstones aren't mentioned at all. But, with all the play June was getting I wondered a bit more about (one of) the stones representing June - the pearl. That led to me to 'The Six Napoleons' (SIXN). In that case Holmes is investigating a string of bizarre crimes centered around busts of the famous emporer. He eventually figured out that the whole thing had to do with the black pearl of the Borgias, and he went on to recover it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2KaSdi9gNKk/XDWXWyCiLCI/AAAAAAAACBk/zVggMOoViYEryesCiMwo7gxAqJ7PgffhQCLcBGAs/s1600/sixn.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2KaSdi9gNKk/XDWXWyCiLCI/AAAAAAAACBk/zVggMOoViYEryesCiMwo7gxAqJ7PgffhQCLcBGAs/s400/sixn.jpg" width="397" height="400" data-original-width="298" data-original-height="300" /></a></div><br />The majority of chronologists place SIXN in June. One says May, a couple of others say summer, and two of them say it was either June or July. However, a specific date of June 8, 1900, was come up with by William S. Baring-Gould in his infamous <i>The Annotated Sherlock Holmes</i>, and it's a date I agree with. The case goes into the next day, the 9th. Toward the end of the story that next day Holmes does the big reveal. What happens after shows a man who's having a type of moment he didn't often have.<br /><br /><b>'Gentlemen,' he cried, let me introduce you to the famous black pearl of the Borgias.'<br />Lestrade and I sat silent for a moment, and then, with a spontaneous impulse, we both broke out clapping as at the well-wrought crisis of a play. A flush of colour sprang to Holmes's pale cheeks, and he bowed to us like the master dramatist who receives the homage of his audience. It was at such moments that for an instant he ceased to be a reasoning machine and betrayed his human love for admiration and applause. The same singularly proud and reserved nature which turned away with disdain from popular notoriety was capable of being moved to its depth by spontaneous wonder and praise from a friend.</b><br /><br />Was there some reason Holmes was feeling particularly human that day? Maybe he was feeling gooey because it was his birthday. Also, Holmes would've turned 46 that day, and that's the perfect time to start a mid-life crisis. <br /><br />Now, what about how the 9th fits Holmes from an astrological standpoint? Well, the types of people born on that day fit him pretty good. A lot of acting types were, so were a large number of famous musicians, not to mention some great thinkers. Holmes was a student of all of these, so it seems to me it fits. The date would make him a Gemini, so conclude from that what you will.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bj11X4Bozh0/XDbkXFbVELI/AAAAAAAACB4/e-jn4IL1U8kBG1xsC6JcHWAdNrZxB7JvQCLcBGAs/s1600/astrological.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bj11X4Bozh0/XDbkXFbVELI/AAAAAAAACB4/e-jn4IL1U8kBG1xsC6JcHWAdNrZxB7JvQCLcBGAs/s400/astrological.jpg" width="400" height="400" data-original-width="1299" data-original-height="1300" /></a></div><br />So, on to why I suggested this date in 2006 and why it was supposed to be funny: it's <b>my</b> birthday. But, please know I'm NOT picking the date because of that. I did so in jest 13 years ago, but now I truly believe it holds some water. After I gave that paper I talked about at the start of this post, people have been kidding with me about the 'coincidence' of it being my birthday and how it's silly for me to be so bold. I would like to point out that Holmes has other moments of lightheardedness in The Canon, and they would be just as viable as possibilities, but they don't seem to have the 'evidence' June 9th has.<br /><br />I am not a big birthday person, so it makes no difference to me if it's the same as mine or not. It just <i>happens</i> to work out. At least I think it does. So, for those who think it's a bit egotistical for me to suggest this, please realize that I'm not just picking it out of thin air and stating it. The date really does seem to work, and I'm thrilled to have realized it.<br /><br />There you have it - my choice for Holmes's birthday is June 9, 1854. Should I find a better possibility later I'll talk about it on here, but for now I'm satisfied. Let me know your thoughts. I'll see you next time, and as always...thanks for reading.<br />Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-48632772395976558282018-12-29T08:00:00.000-08:002018-12-31T11:47:50.218-08:00The Best 2018 Ever!Well, the end of the year is upon us, and as I look back over where we've been on this little journey I am not only proud, but astonished. Astonished at how many people go on the ride with me, and astonished because the world of Holmes and Watson never seems to stop giving us places to go. At first I was going to do a Year In Review kind of thing, but once I got it all typed out I wasn't crazy about it. (I'm not guaranteeing this will be any better, but it has to better than the one I deleted.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fpeblmdAC94/XCMEY2LTXgI/AAAAAAAAB_s/uyDE9fFnvNMh81aAWzAKvDYkHELBuXGtwCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fpeblmdAC94/XCMEY2LTXgI/AAAAAAAAB_s/uyDE9fFnvNMh81aAWzAKvDYkHELBuXGtwCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />This blog has actually went through three incarnations. The first and second ones were spotty at best. I only blogged on occasion, and once even went a couple of years (maybe even three) between posts. It had no sense of itself, and while I didn't know for a long time exactly what I was going to do with it, I knew I didn't want to give it up. It had something to offer, and I'm happy to have found it.<br /><br />I spent some time looking back at some of the pictures I had posted on Facebook. Included among them was the very first banner I ever made for Historical Sherlock. It's kind of cool, and I'm not sure what made me change it, but I do prefer the one I have now. (The one above.) Here it is for those who've never seen it. (That's probably most.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dJOXEgjqBQE/XCMKN9-gfHI/AAAAAAAAB_4/i7rpfUh5vaomiHsqjaBuBxrJQFNRcLlAQCLcBGAs/s1600/old%2Bhs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dJOXEgjqBQE/XCMKN9-gfHI/AAAAAAAAB_4/i7rpfUh5vaomiHsqjaBuBxrJQFNRcLlAQCLcBGAs/s400/old%2Bhs.jpg" width="400" height="150" data-original-width="807" data-original-height="303" /></a></div><br />The one I use now features a Peterson churchwarden pipe. Should I ever decide to copyright it or use it in any advertising, I suppose I will probably have to ask the Peterson people for permission. For know, though, that's not a problem. In the future I do see some products wth my logo on them. Maybe hats and polos, bookmarks, things like that. Later, not right now. Right now I am only concerned with doing research so I can bring you the findings.<br /><br />Speaking of those findings, some of the places we've been together this year have been very interesting...and pretty cool. We've been all over London, a good portion of Southern England, and even went out to sea a couple of times. Sometimes I was able to find enough to put together a string of posts that I could schedule for weeks, other times I was up the night before a post was needed looking for a spark. When I first started this journey I had so very few resources to use, but now I have hundreds of websites, books, and publications to peruse for ideas. One of the things I'm most proud of is that I have rarely used someone else's findings for a starting point. My copies of <i>The Annotated Sherlock Holmes</i>, <i>The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library</i>, and <i>The Oxford Sherlock Holmes</i> all stay on their shelves (or on my desk) and are almost never opened for inspiration. Nearly all that I post is from my own research.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bGB6FJYyRXM/XCMai5_55gI/AAAAAAAACAY/3gIb38KK1eskQfPvZ7zCPU2hkYhY5J5fgCLcBGAs/s1600/26047.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bGB6FJYyRXM/XCMai5_55gI/AAAAAAAACAY/3gIb38KK1eskQfPvZ7zCPU2hkYhY5J5fgCLcBGAs/s400/26047.jpg" width="400" height="400" data-original-width="1173" data-original-height="1173" /></a></div><br />A number of the things I find don't even appear in those books. It's amazing how much info is still out there waiting to be found. The fun part is looking for it. On any given day you'll find me looking into just about anything having to do with Victorian London, and trying to find a way to connect it to Holmes and/or Watson. (Or I'm looking in The Canon and finding something new to research. Either way, it's a blast.)<br /><br />I don't really have a point to this edition except to thank all of you for being on this ride with me. You really seem to enjoy it, and that's matched by my enthusiasm to find data and bring it to you. So, if you're expecting something different for next year you'll be very disappointed. I plan on doing exactly what got me to this point for as long as possible. I do have a few ideas to <i>add</i> to all of this, but nothing that will radically alter it. Why mess with something that works?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XoGYtES_-AA/XCUo_XmxR_I/AAAAAAAACAk/iWGoyfJCQKE-Lt3fbUjiMQVuLDhplkR8QCLcBGAs/s1600/success.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XoGYtES_-AA/XCUo_XmxR_I/AAAAAAAACAk/iWGoyfJCQKE-Lt3fbUjiMQVuLDhplkR8QCLcBGAs/s400/success.jpg" width="400" height="399" data-original-width="380" data-original-height="379" /></a></div><br />(I'm also very aware that this is the only post this month. I promised more than that, but December can get hectic. Please accept my apologies.)<br /><br />Well, that's pretty much it. Thank you all so, so much for sticking with me. I'll see you next year, and as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-52473122512571407972018-11-28T09:29:00.000-08:002018-11-29T22:16:34.136-08:00The Mysterious CorrespondentBack in September of 2008 my home society was going to have a meeting featuring Professor Tom Turpin, an entymologist from Purdue University. Since bugs are his specialty, the natural place for Sherlockian minds to go is bees. Now, I know bees aren't technically insects, but for the purposes of our table of organization we'll accept that they are just for the few minutes we'll spend together here. [Correction: bees are insects. I feel kind of silly for the mistake.]<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Geq4sy85o7c/W_pEwLBYgGI/AAAAAAAAB70/UzqsV6GJX3sw8O8VLFA4R9ZUOTEGk35jwCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Geq4sy85o7c/W_pEwLBYgGI/AAAAAAAAB70/UzqsV6GJX3sw8O8VLFA4R9ZUOTEGk35jwCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />In honor of his visit I thought I would do some research about bees and see what I could come up with. Sometime before I had seen a piece or two in <i>The London Times</i> about beekeeping. I sought them out and re-found them. I looked further and found more. An idea began to form about the possibility that Holmes, in retirement, was one of the folks putting small articles in the paper about the hobby. We all know Holmes kept bees on the Sussex Downs when he gave up detecting, so I looked for items from around that time. The snag was determining when he reitred.<br />I had already come to the conclusion that 'The Lion's Mane' (LION) happened in 1909, which is in agreement with a low number of other chronologists. (Most like 1907.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E530ZES3PYY/W_pMx6opaKI/AAAAAAAAB8I/uRujsLmQcdAlMYL7jJdooktFRU7KRWWgwCLcBGAs/s1600/1125975.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E530ZES3PYY/W_pMx6opaKI/AAAAAAAAB8I/uRujsLmQcdAlMYL7jJdooktFRU7KRWWgwCLcBGAs/s400/1125975.jpg" width="312" height="400" data-original-width="371" data-original-height="475" /></a></div><br />Unfortunately, I do not have the original clips, but I did save the text from them. What follows is the entire article I wrote with the exception of the first paragraph. (It doesn't add anything to the piece.)<br /><br /><b>April 24, 1908</b><br /><i>Bee-Keeping As A Rural Industry,</i><br />From a "Correspondent"<br /><b>As to literature which my be recommended for those who wish to pursue the subject, we may mention Cheshire's two volumes on "Bee and Bee-keeping" and Cowan's admirable little "British Bee-keeper's Guide Book." For those who wish for poetry mingled with science there is, of course, Maeterlinck's "Life of the Bee."</b><br /><br /><b>May 17, 1910</b><br /><i>Proposed Amalgamation of Societies.</i><br />From a "Correspondent"<br /><b>A special meeting of the British Beekeepers' Association will be held tomorrow to consider a scheme for the amalgamation for that association (the parent body) with all of the affiliated societies, thus forming one beekeeping association for the whole of Great Britain.</b><br />[Later in the article...]<br /><b>It is hoped that the maintenance of one flourishing association in place of the thirty existing associations will establish complete identity of all members who are engaged in the beekeeping industry.</b><br /><br /><b>September 8, 1919</b><br /><i>Beekeeping Industry Growing.</i><br /><b>An indication of the revival of the bee-keeping industry in the country is the receipt by the authorities of over 3,000 additional applications for the supply of sugar for winter feeding of bees.</b><br /><br /><b>June 16, 1919</b><br /><i>Promise of the Bees. A Good Honey Harvest.</i><br />(From "Correspondent")<br />[This article is 1000+ words long, but the most interesting thing is the last sentence, specifically the last two words.]<br /><b>An experienced beekeeper can carry out more intricate manipulation in dealing with swarms which issue from supered colonies, but the one mentioned above</b> [removing the queen] <b>is the simplest for those to follow who have not had an extensive acquaintance with practical beekeeping.</b><br /><br />You'll recall from 'His Last Bow' (LAST) that Holmes had written his magnum opus on beekeeping called <i>The Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen</i>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RDN7E7XkFlo/W_spMZxp7LI/AAAAAAAAB8Y/PZ_IOXVHpKUXTEghsk23XtxJX7z1PoqRwCLcBGAs/s1600/holmes-booklet002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RDN7E7XkFlo/W_spMZxp7LI/AAAAAAAAB8Y/PZ_IOXVHpKUXTEghsk23XtxJX7z1PoqRwCLcBGAs/s400/holmes-booklet002.jpg" width="319" height="400" data-original-width="489" data-original-height="613" /></a></div><br />It is interesting to note that there is a large lapse in letters from correspondents, amateur or professional, from about 1912 to 1919. I know it was because of the war, but it was also a critical time for the hobby as apiarists from all over the UK were dealing with something called the "Isle of Wight" disease. However, since we know our hero was chloroforming Germans during this time it might be that the hiatus in missive-writing had something to do with Holmes' post-retirement activites? Could he be the unnamed 'Correspondent'?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0toauw5mjUE/W_4xdOM5DvI/AAAAAAAAB8k/F0ZoAtSvNUMAp_jB2LCn-ADevUr1CCCwACLcBGAs/s1600/mystery%2Bman.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0toauw5mjUE/W_4xdOM5DvI/AAAAAAAAB8k/F0ZoAtSvNUMAp_jB2LCn-ADevUr1CCCwACLcBGAs/s400/mystery%2Bman.jpg" width="400" height="267" data-original-width="360" data-original-height="240" /></a></div><br />As I read back over this article I'm struck by the fact that I don't recall exactly why I chose some of the pieces I did except that they seemed somewhat universal. What I mean is that I had to skip over a lot of them because they contained info that made it obvious it wasn't from Holmes. The ones I have here seem vague and ambiguous, and could certainly have been written by anyone...including a retired detective from London who just wants the world to pass him by.<br /><br />Anyway, that's a little taste of the lengths I'll go to in my plight to tie Holmes into his world. I love what I do, and shall never give up in my quest. So, I'll see you next time. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-19120066475054340602018-11-24T15:48:00.001-08:002018-11-24T15:48:22.301-08:00From The Archives...I'm getting to my blog posts fairly late this month, and for that I apologize. It' s been kind of a crazy November, and I am just now finding the time to get a couple of these together. This will be the first of two (in keeping with my promise of more than one a month) and it's a recapping of a chronology article I did way back in March of 2009. It was time for 'The Adventure of the Second Stain' (SECO) in the rotation for my home society. So, I took on the challenge.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0_9cdBpPMmk/W_jv0WMCqAI/AAAAAAAAB6w/7r5SOkJs7DI3K-xqw9gf_PDqNewwzJ-uACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0_9cdBpPMmk/W_jv0WMCqAI/AAAAAAAAB6w/7r5SOkJs7DI3K-xqw9gf_PDqNewwzJ-uACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />Here's the article in its entirety. (Really, I don't change a thing. Not even the stupid parts.)<br /><br />T<b>he Chronological Canon</b><br />The Adventure of the Second (& Third) Reference<br />by Vince Wright<br /><br />I hope you like pickles, because this has some big ones in it. (My brain defines "pickle" as "harder to figure out than a Chinese movie with Turkish subtitles" if that helps.) This particular tale has a distinction which does not fall on many others - it is mentioned in two other cases. <i>Or is it?</i><br />Before we get to those let us look at the internal dating.<br />First off, Watson tells us that this story takes place in a year and decade "that shall remain nameless." We see that Holmes is busy, and Watson <i>may</i> be living there. We know its autumn as its mentioned twice, and that the night before the case started (a Tuesday) it was a fine night. Later in the story we find that it was solved "upon the fourth day" which was obviously a Friday. So, not much to go on.<br />However, the late Gavin Brend did research (which I verified) indicating the "Secretary of Foreign Affairs"or Foreign Secretary was a young man throughout this period of time. Normally that position, and that of the Prime Minister were held by the same person. However, for a short while in 1886 the offices were occupied by two different men. Between the the PM <i>was</i> older, so we'll have to go with that.<br />Now, on to the other mentions of 'The Second Stain' in other stories. Watson refernces it in 'The Naval Treaty,' but there is a problem. He mentions two people who are not in the published story, lists the wrong time of year, and says that he was married at the time. Luckily, with a little bit of work these "problems" can all be somewhat correlated. Interestingly we also find it possibly mentioned in "The Yellow Face." It was grouped with other cases in which Holmes erred but the truth was still revealed. That doesn't fit with the facts in the story, <i>if</i> this is the same case.<br />However, I did find one comment that could help in some way, but it all depends on how you interpret it."It was my first visit to the scene of the crime." Watson says. So, my question is this: does he mean this crime scene, or to any crime scene? Tell you what - I'll leave it alone. I'm warning you now, though, that I am going to cover this in my discussion moderation of this tale on March 4th at the Illustrious Clients meeting, and probably in a future column. Well, not probably.<br />So the question depends upon whether or not these three cases are the same, and here's the answer - I don't know. But on the dating question, I have looked at a number of different chronologies and they all have pretty good arguments, so at the monent I only have a tentative answer. Baring-Gould puts it at October 11, 1886, based on weather and the official offices of the above officials. I'll go with that but I may change my mind later. I'll try not to make you wait too long.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ji3O9KFacOQ/W_nXn2Ltx4I/AAAAAAAAB7o/BFVmp1B4QnoyKEIqYWDHlkfJ911CP9CPwCLcBGAs/s1600/20181124_175834.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ji3O9KFacOQ/W_nXn2Ltx4I/AAAAAAAAB7o/BFVmp1B4QnoyKEIqYWDHlkfJ911CP9CPwCLcBGAs/s400/20181124_175834.jpg" width="256" height="400" data-original-width="1025" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />Well, there you have it. Remember that I choose these at random, and don't usually pre-read them. Since I can't recall every one of these I've ever written, I had no idea this one had so many loose ends. Sorry to leave you hanging.<br />Knowing me I probably still have the story discussion papers from that meeting. However, digging for it would be a massive undertaking. You wouldn't believe what I've kept. But, that's a hobbyist for you. I do have a treat for you, though. I knew where the quiz was I made for the meeting. <br />I downloaded a cool rug picture, put a big red stain on one corner. That was the top sheet. Under that was a picture of a tile floor (that's hard to make out in the picture) with a stain on the other corner. That way when you lifted the rug, the stain was in a different spot. Clever, right? Problem was that the bottom stain didn't come out on the floor sheet. Still, the idea was cool. (If I may brag for a moment...my quizzes are things of legends. Not necessarily the quiz itself [not that they were bad at all] but the designs or covers or quirks that made them memorable.) (Hmm...blog post idea?)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fGMEe4B2EKk/W_nPKvemlKI/AAAAAAAAB7I/ocP2QwX9B5gPT5K5d3eAmvUSzzu_iJN9wCLcBGAs/s1600/20181124_171135.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fGMEe4B2EKk/W_nPKvemlKI/AAAAAAAAB7I/ocP2QwX9B5gPT5K5d3eAmvUSzzu_iJN9wCLcBGAs/s400/20181124_171135.jpg" width="308" height="400" data-original-width="1232" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ukCZCyHajhU/W_nPQUmK09I/AAAAAAAAB7M/Ua9XTGORJ4Afp97GE6xjrS5Xy2FdELwWACLcBGAs/s1600/20181124_171158.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ukCZCyHajhU/W_nPQUmK09I/AAAAAAAAB7M/Ua9XTGORJ4Afp97GE6xjrS5Xy2FdELwWACLcBGAs/s400/20181124_171158.jpg" width="306" height="400" data-original-width="1223" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />Now, to bring us back to the main subject, I would like to draw attention to the line from Holmes about going to the scene of the crime. It's one of those things that lends itself to interpretation, and some chronologists will go one way, and others another. It's a perfect example of why a definitive chronology will be very hard to come by. Even if you could collect all of the pertinent infomartion about each story that leaves no doubt about the dating of each of them, a line like that causes all sorts of problems. Still, it's a good one to have.<br />I promised you at least two posts a month, and I will still deliver. I found something I wrote years ago about a mysterious correspondent for <i>The London Times</i> about beekeeping. I'm going to expand on it some and see what I can come up with.<br />On a side note, I was thinking about all the chronology columns I've written for our newsletter, and I recalled that the very first one I wrote (see my July 2018 post) was 666 words long. I didn't do that intentionally, and it had nothing to do with the vampire subject of the article. It just worked out to that number. So, that was my target number for several of them. Then the editor asked if I could pare it down some. I went to 600 words. Then it became 550, and utlimately to 500 - which is where I am now. I'm fortunate enough to have been in this hobby so long that I can usually put out a 500 worder without to much pre-planning. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-brKPcZlLm2g/W_nVeIDGeFI/AAAAAAAAB7c/yXRchCYq3UI4zXrCnJoL9uxhgjwT4lTkwCLcBGAs/s1600/typewriter%2Bman.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-brKPcZlLm2g/W_nVeIDGeFI/AAAAAAAAB7c/yXRchCYq3UI4zXrCnJoL9uxhgjwT4lTkwCLcBGAs/s400/typewriter%2Bman.jpg" width="366" height="400" data-original-width="468" data-original-height="512" /></a></div><br />Anyway, I'll get off this path to the past and tell you that I'll see you next time. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-45254363913985846702018-10-22T09:14:00.000-07:002018-10-22T09:14:03.946-07:00Chasing A White Whale...Or CatOkay, this post isn't going to be about chronology at all. Well, I do kind of throw it in once, but for the most part this one won't deal with the Sherlock Holmes Canon much. What it is about is a special treat for you because this is something I never do: I'm going to let you in on one of the numerous Sherlockian "mysteries" that I work on whenever I can, but without success (so far). Basically, I want to see if anyone can come up with an answer to it. Or find more than I have.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gPg-DETk1fA/W8ti9FgeUMI/AAAAAAAAB4s/0KORs4ZDYmMtW97CMhrxh-YvwMtCmHwcwCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gPg-DETk1fA/W8ti9FgeUMI/AAAAAAAAB4s/0KORs4ZDYmMtW97CMhrxh-YvwMtCmHwcwCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>I stumbled across this little problem some years ago and have never really satisfied myself with what I've found. Is it Sherlockian or not? Might be, might not be. And I'll appreciate your thoughts on it. So let's get to it. <br />To begin, I don't remember how I came across this. I am on Google Books a lot just flipping through publications from around the time of Holmes, so I probably just happened upon it. In the December 31, 1904, edition of <i>The Graphic</i> there was an illustration for a pantomime play that debuted on December 26, 1904, called "White Cat." Here it is:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MSBNhwnI9yc/W8ts2LdiJ8I/AAAAAAAAB44/wkL9E2XRy_smYo87nGT41QZJ_73lORovACLcBGAs/s1600/full%2Bwhite%2Bcat%2Bposter.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MSBNhwnI9yc/W8ts2LdiJ8I/AAAAAAAAB44/wkL9E2XRy_smYo87nGT41QZJ_73lORovACLcBGAs/s400/full%2Bwhite%2Bcat%2Bposter.png" width="309" height="400" data-original-width="249" data-original-height="322" /></a></div>In the upper left-hand area you'll see a guy that sort of looks like he's dressed like Holmes. Pipe, deerstalker, and ulster. Here's a detail shot of him.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KqpntLbwpKs/W8t-HTZ6WNI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/0u1R_U12i3QM2QerhKVMVJJskupVLouvgCLcBGAs/s1600/white%2Bcat%2Billustration_LI.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KqpntLbwpKs/W8t-HTZ6WNI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/0u1R_U12i3QM2QerhKVMVJJskupVLouvgCLcBGAs/s400/white%2Bcat%2Billustration_LI.jpg" width="400" height="399" data-original-width="398" data-original-height="397" /></a></div>When I looked closer I saw that the name of the character is Populo, and the actor was named Tom Woottwell. I wasn't familiar with either of these names, so I dove into some research trying to find out if Populo was indeed supposed to be a Sherlock-type character. Unfortunately, I didn't find anything. I mean nothing. But, I persisted. I looked up info on Tom Woottwell and found out he was a pretty popular comedian around the turn of the 19th/20th century. He was also an actor and singer, and his music is still used in shows today. What I couldn't find was a picture of 'The Loose-Legged Comedian" (as he was called) except in costume. This caricature is about as good as it gets.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G2K1tEHIi3E/W8twNDmbJLI/AAAAAAAAB5M/t5PW8HJGVBIajfvKVgjLWKd2vNf_GEnsACLcBGAs/s1600/tom%2Bwoottwell.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G2K1tEHIi3E/W8twNDmbJLI/AAAAAAAAB5M/t5PW8HJGVBIajfvKVgjLWKd2vNf_GEnsACLcBGAs/s400/tom%2Bwoottwell.png" width="248" height="400" data-original-width="238" data-original-height="384" /></a></div>One of the things I discovered about him is that his last name was sometimes spelled as Wootwell. I also discovered that under that version of his name a secondary search option comes up in Google:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-inTSsKHHTzc/W8txQccdRyI/AAAAAAAAB5Y/-JD-H8z2Eu0GdHj6mqYAP4m-yS49gWW9QCLcBGAs/s1600/wootwell%2Bsherlock.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-inTSsKHHTzc/W8txQccdRyI/AAAAAAAAB5Y/-JD-H8z2Eu0GdHj6mqYAP4m-yS49gWW9QCLcBGAs/s400/wootwell%2Bsherlock.png" width="400" height="150" data-original-width="599" data-original-height="225" /></a></div>I looked at every single link under that and couldn't find one time that Woot(t)well was associated with Holmes. His name does appear in articles where Holmes is mentioned, but not together. And every time it was from a paper in New Zealand. (I should also point out that that Holmes option doesn't appear under the other spelling of his name.) While looking through those links I did find a picture of a his name being displayed on the Palace Theatre on Walthamstow High Street in London. (And even though it's spelled Woottwell on the sign, I found it while researching Wootwell. I dunno.)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Jwm86lcHokM/W8t0ljtDTOI/AAAAAAAAB5k/tkrrwVtMSLEeTR078qx4rTqFEYWDCNGeQCLcBGAs/s1600/woottwell%2Bpalace.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Jwm86lcHokM/W8t0ljtDTOI/AAAAAAAAB5k/tkrrwVtMSLEeTR078qx4rTqFEYWDCNGeQCLcBGAs/s400/woottwell%2Bpalace.png" width="397" height="400" data-original-width="583" data-original-height="588" /></a></div>Anyway, back to the possible Holmes connection.<br />I kept looking and found descriptions of the play, but nowhere was there any indication of Populo being based on Holmes. (I also learned that for a little while the character was played by someone named Monte Elmo, and that the character was listed as Popul<i>a</i> on occasion. There are other details I found, as well, but they don't really add anything to this mystery.) One day, while searching, I found a second illustration in <i>The Illustrated London News</i> from January 14, 1905, that featured the play, or bits of it. There he was again:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lLvPox2-YYI/W8uA9PkqOtI/AAAAAAAAB6k/1Cc7aZ0n5U84qaJcakhOCSfDQafKbQGtQCLcBGAs/s1600/populo_LI.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lLvPox2-YYI/W8uA9PkqOtI/AAAAAAAAB6k/1Cc7aZ0n5U84qaJcakhOCSfDQafKbQGtQCLcBGAs/s400/populo_LI.jpg" width="400" height="400" data-original-width="391" data-original-height="391" /></a></div>This doesn't really seem to help, though. Besides looking thinner, the character still kind of looks like Holmes, and kind of doesn't. That leads me to why I'm posting this: does this seem like a Sherlock-type character to anyone out there?<br />To further muddy the water, I found a (not so favorable) review of the play in the January 11, 1905, edition of <i>PUNCH</i> where the character is referred to as 'Coster.' (Another is referred to as 'Gorilla' but this is the only time I found these two character names associated with it.) <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iIHOkHkX3hs/W8t9F-37IpI/AAAAAAAAB58/R1SxPIAF9JUwGLVvUQ9eK-pUPkIeJOxEACLcBGAs/s1600/coster%2Bwoottwell.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iIHOkHkX3hs/W8t9F-37IpI/AAAAAAAAB58/R1SxPIAF9JUwGLVvUQ9eK-pUPkIeJOxEACLcBGAs/s400/coster%2Bwoottwell.png" width="400" height="292" data-original-width="394" data-original-height="288" /></a></div>A coster (short for costermonger) is a street-seller of fruits and vegetables. See, no help. The term does appear in The Canon in 'The Red-Headed League' (REDH), but has no bearing on the problem. And if the Populo character is in fact a costermnger, he'd be the most fancifully-dressed one ever.<br />So, what do you think? I will probably do more research at another time since this is one of those little backburner problems that I pick up from time to time, but since they aren't about chronology I don't spend too much time on them. But I am interested in what YOU think. I think there's a good paper or presentation in this, but only if I can find out that the character is actually based on Holmes.<br />I rarely share these things because I like to find out the answers on my own, but I'm actually allowing you into my space on this one. So take it and run. If I don't hear from anyone about it I'll keep looking (someday), but I would like for all of you intrepid folk out there to poke around the archives and see what you can find.<br />Let me know what you come up with, and I'll see you next time. Until then...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-39240168002825259132018-10-12T09:08:00.000-07:002018-10-12T09:08:28.153-07:00From The Archives...Hello all. Got another of those articles from my chronological column archive. In all of the years that I wrote these I was able to come up with some pretty good arguments (I think) and this is one of those times. And I'm happy to say that in the 8 years since I wrote this no one has ever come up with the same answer.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bjhgXqeCWJ0/W8C8bOl1E8I/AAAAAAAAB38/1ZEe1mXKJR8WPkDPdsVpxMc8Z_gsf5i-ACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bjhgXqeCWJ0/W8C8bOl1E8I/AAAAAAAAB38/1ZEe1mXKJR8WPkDPdsVpxMc8Z_gsf5i-ACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div><br />It was January of 2010 when I wrote this. Inside this edition of my home society's newsletter is a picture of me with a moderately full head of hair, and just a mustache. Eek! (No, I'm not going to show it to you. Sorry.) What's bizarre is that I actually remember the meeting that we'd had about the story 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' (TWIS), and that I had already formulated my idea about the date prior to that. Having a date is great, but you have to be able to prove or defend it. So, after the meeting I got to work on it, and I think I did a fairly decent job of showing how I came up with one. Granted, it's no Pulitzer Prize winner, but it works for me.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6roVWsZPuds/W8C_b7KTZDI/AAAAAAAAB4I/82TEjhKilCoKhtmgza9HeDOAKzMZG-hqACLcBGAs/s1600/2018_10_12%2B11_11%2BAM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6roVWsZPuds/W8C_b7KTZDI/AAAAAAAAB4I/82TEjhKilCoKhtmgza9HeDOAKzMZG-hqACLcBGAs/s400/2018_10_12%2B11_11%2BAM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" width="257" height="400" data-original-width="1029" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br />The Chronological Canon<br /><b>The Case with the Twisted Date</b><br />by Vince Wright<br /><br />Many moons ago I dated 'The Musgrave Ritual' differently than anyone else ever had. I was afraid I would be ostracized by the Chronology Community, or worse beaten up by other chronologists at our big Chronology Conventions for being different. When I took up the challenge of 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' I once again found myself staring at an answer like before. It was simple and seemed obvious, yet everyone else had missed it. However, as I stated a few articles ago, much of what we do relies heavily on interpretation, so let's interpret.<br />The biggest pickle with the story is the way Watson says it was Friday, June 19, 1889. The problem is that that date was a Wednesday. Baring-Gould blames the typesetter for this and a number of other "errors." (He also blames handwriting, drugs, and not knowing exactly what time of the night it was.) He comes up with 1887, but Holmes mentions this year in conversation, a fact Baring-Gould just barely acknowledges by saying if St. Clair's children were conceived after the marriage in 1887, as per the proper Victorian custom, then 1889 is possible.<br />There are some things mentioned that do help my case. We read that it was "an exceedingly hot day," so we are likely talking about the middle of the year. And when Holmes and Watson head back to the police station after four in the morning, the sun was shining. Early morning sunshine in the UK? Still talking about the middle of the year.<br />There are also neutral items. First, the telephone at the station. By the late 1880's there were thousands of them all over England. And the appearance of Inspector Bradstreet is of little consequence, just like the other two stories he appears in. And due to the lack of info about the whens and wives of Watson's life we have to ignore it for now.<br />The only section of the tale that could cause concern was the route the Good Two take to Lee. "We have touched on three counties in our short little drive, starting in Middlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent."<br />Scholar Michael Kaser found that the Administrative County of London was passed into law on March 31, 1889, and when this happened, it replaced the Middlesex and Surrey parts of London. This isn't a problem, as people refer to things they are accustomed to and can take a while to change that. I grew up near a creek that everyone calls by the name it had 30 years ago even though it has a different name now.<br />I would also like to add that I don't think it matters what colors Holmes' dressing-gown was nor how it relates to his other ones. I have two robes myself, of two different colors. And Watson being called James isn't a concern, either. I believe that his middle name was Hamish, and that she called him the translated version. Everyone who knew may dad called him Gene, but his name was Edward Eugene. (Are you enjoying these extra special glimpses into my life?)<br />Anyway, on to that date. Now I am not going to play the blame game like Baring-Gould. My date does change one thing that Watson says but I won't try to explain it. I just know that the date he gives us of June 19, 1889 could be right, but since that wasn't a Friday, it isn't. However, if you look at the evidence you'll find that another date fits in every way...<i>July</i> 19, 1889.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PpOpwTNI3jY/W8DEi_fG5tI/AAAAAAAAB4g/ah6Wee24z0MoTyv6r3lfeoAbnVOMnK3ywCLcBGAs/s1600/not%2Bbad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PpOpwTNI3jY/W8DEi_fG5tI/AAAAAAAAB4g/ah6Wee24z0MoTyv6r3lfeoAbnVOMnK3ywCLcBGAs/s400/not%2Bbad.jpg" width="400" height="349" data-original-width="451" data-original-height="393" /></a></div><br />I also remember that at that meeting our group was treated to a special song called 'Hugh Boone.' It was set to the tune of 'Blue Moon' and was very cleverly done. (I can't seem to recall any of the words, but I know it got a lot of laughs.) And it was at a now-defunct restaurant. The building is still there, and it's now another eating establishment as is usually the case. My group has a history of shutting down eateries.<br /> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NbzJMtGduNk/W8DCjr646JI/AAAAAAAAB4U/lmVopit6XbY7i1c-BqaoTx2ZvUxlx-8DACLcBGAs/s1600/busines%2Bclosed.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NbzJMtGduNk/W8DCjr646JI/AAAAAAAAB4U/lmVopit6XbY7i1c-BqaoTx2ZvUxlx-8DACLcBGAs/s400/busines%2Bclosed.jpeg" width="400" height="238" data-original-width="1171" data-original-height="696" /></a></div><br />Well, there you go. I don't know what I'm going to do for another column this month, but I'll come up with something. Until then, have a great October...and thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-79369591368115740482018-09-27T11:06:00.000-07:002018-09-27T11:06:07.686-07:00Dating The Nearly UndateableI gave a talk once where I said the only absolute that you get in Canonical chronology was that all of the stories had to have happened before they were published. Brilliant, eh? Well, it also happens to be true. The same thing is true for all of the unwritten cases that Holmes and Watson refer to. We have only 60 published, and according to Holmes in 'The Final Problem' (FINA) there were "over a thousand" - up to that point, of course. So, let's talk about some of the unpublished ones.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qg3_Y4EXsFI/W6mBU5aWr4I/AAAAAAAAB0c/HOhqQttZTvEO7Xe94anAArtKFpMxHp83wCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qg3_Y4EXsFI/W6mBU5aWr4I/AAAAAAAAB0c/HOhqQttZTvEO7Xe94anAArtKFpMxHp83wCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>I guess I should make it clear that we're not going to be looking at a number of different chronologist's dating of those cases, since not too many took up the challenge of dating them. One that did was Harold Wilmerding Bell in his book <i>Sherlock Holmes And Doctor Watson: The Chronology Of Their Adventures</i>. Since he attacked them all and tried to date them, we'll be examining his findings. Now, he didn't come up with an exact date for all of them, but did for a good number of them. Let's start at the beginning.<br /><br />In the first three universally accepted cases of 'The Gloria Scott' (GLOR), 'The Musgrave Ritual' (MUSG), and <i>A Study in Scarlet</i> (STUD) there are several mentioned that never made it out of Watson's notebook. With these Bell isn't able to do much better than give a range of years that they could've fallen in.<br />The following ones are listed as happening from 1877 - 1880.<br /><b>The Tarleton Murders, The Case of Vamberry the Wine Merchant, The Old Russian Woman, The Aluminium Crutch, Ricoletti of the Club Foot</b><br />Another, <b>The Forgery Case</b>, is actually more specifically dated to Jan-Feb 1881. His reasoning is taken from what Holmes said about it: "Lestrade is a well-known detective. He got himself into a fog recently over a forgery case, and that was what brought him here." This dating is possible due to his dating (and that of many others) for STUD as starting on Friday, March 4, 1881. I can live with that logic.<br />Two others, the cases of <b>Mortimer Maberley</b> and <b>Mrs. Farintosh</b>, were mentioned in later cases (3GAB and SPEC) as being early or before Watson's time. They are also marginally dated to 1877 - 1880.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yaSumLdT9D0/W6mSZ_utMhI/AAAAAAAAB0o/TNRhGwBLoWcEa6QZq-pwA3wbEjXtORpJACLcBGAs/s1600/late-or-early-s.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yaSumLdT9D0/W6mSZ_utMhI/AAAAAAAAB0o/TNRhGwBLoWcEa6QZq-pwA3wbEjXtORpJACLcBGAs/s400/late-or-early-s.jpg" width="400" height="344" data-original-width="518" data-original-height="445" /></a></div>So as not to make this post be really, really long I'm going to list all of the unpublished cases with their dates. I will make the occasional comment. Remember that all of his dates are naturally based on his chronology. (That's what I'll be making comments about.)<br /><b>The Vatican Cameos</b> - June 1886 (mentioned in HOUN)<br /><b>The Blackmailing Case</b> - September-October 1886 (HOUN)<br />Bell dates <i>The Hound of the Baskervilles</i> (HOUN) to Tuesday, September 28, 1886.<br /><b>The Nonpareil Club Scandal</b>, <b>The Unfortunate Mme. Montpensier</b> - October-November 1886 (HOUN)<br />The above two cases are dated <i>after</i> Bell's beginning date for HOUN becasue Watson mentions them in passing toward the end of the novel.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hNb8iZsoN4o/W6mWI1smpUI/AAAAAAAAB00/iMIiifi60fQ-2j2KYaTC-Om85gL6IEdtgCLcBGAs/s1600/The-Hound-ofthe-Baskervilles.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hNb8iZsoN4o/W6mWI1smpUI/AAAAAAAAB00/iMIiifi60fQ-2j2KYaTC-Om85gL6IEdtgCLcBGAs/s400/The-Hound-ofthe-Baskervilles.jpg" width="400" height="230" data-original-width="700" data-original-height="402" /></a></div><b>The Netherland-Sumatra Company</b> - February-April 1887 (REIG)<br />This one is almost dated by Watson as he says that it occurred in the "spring of '87." Bell's date for 'The Reigate Squires' is Tuesday, April 26, 1887, so he places the other case just before it.<br /><b>The King of Scandinavia</b> - May or June 1887 (NOBL)<br /><b>The French Will Case</b> - c. 1st of September 1887 (SIGN)<br /><b>The Paradol Chamber</b>, <b>The Amateur Mendicant Society</b>, <b>The Loss of the 'Sophy Anderson'</b>, <b>The Grice Patersons</b>, <b>The Camberwell Poisoning Case</b> - all 1887 (FIVE)<br />The five above cases are all listed in FIVE as happenning in 1887, but no other info is given.<br /><b>Bert Stevens</b> - 1887 (NORW)<br />This one is mentioned in a case from the August of 1895 (according to Bell) case of 'The Norwood Builder.'<br /><br />The next 21 cases are all listed as occurring after Watson's first marriage which Bell places around November 1, 1887.<br /><b>The Trepoff Murder</b>, <b>The Atkinson Brothers</b>, <b>The Reigning Family of Holland</b> - November 1887-March 22, 1888 (SCAN & IDEN)<br />These three cases are all mentioned in SCAN which, as you can see, Bell dates to March 22, 1888. The last one, '<b>Reigning Family</b>' has the singular distinction of being mentioned in two different published cases - SCAN and 'A Case of Identity' (IDEN).<br /><b>The Second Stain (II)</b>, <b>The Tired Captain</b> - July 1888 (NAVA)<br />Both of the above cases are listed as immediately succeeding Watson's marriage (which Bell places in November 1887, as you'll recall). I should note here that Bell believes there are <i>three</i> cases which bear the name '<b>The Second Stain</b>,' but that's a blog post all on its own.<br /><b>The Dundas Separation Case</b>, <b>The Marseilles Case</b> - middle of September 1888 (IDEN)<br /><b>The Murder of Victor Savage</b> - before November 1888 (DYIN)<br /><b>The Manor House Case</b> - summer of 1890 (GREE)<br /><b>The French Government Case</b> - December 1890-March 1891 (FINA)<br />This next set of cases are post-Hiatus and up to the date Bell thinks held Dr. Watson's second marriage.<br /><b>The Second Stain (III)</b> - Autumn 1894 (NAVA)<br /><b>The Red Leech</b>, <b>The Addleton Tragedy</b>, <b>The Smith-Mortimer Succession Case</b>, <b>Huret, The Boulevard Assassin</b> - 1894 (GOLD)<br /><b>The S.S. Friesland</b> - January-February 1895 (NORW)<br /><b>Colonel Carruthers</b> - March 1895 (WIST)<br /><b>John Vincent Harden</b> - April 1895 (SOLI)<br /><b>The Death of Cardinal Tosca</b>, <b>Wilson, the Notorious Canary-Trainer</b> - June 1895 (BLAC)<br /><b>Old Abrahams</b> - summer of 1895 (LADY)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9BdjlqanQl0/W6wiiksUHkI/AAAAAAAAB1M/mX3Qyk6mp90HUA5R37O4eeZ1kYe0wDayACLcBGAs/s1600/victorian%2Bwedding.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9BdjlqanQl0/W6wiiksUHkI/AAAAAAAAB1M/mX3Qyk6mp90HUA5R37O4eeZ1kYe0wDayACLcBGAs/s400/victorian%2Bwedding.jpg" width="311" height="400" data-original-width="236" data-original-height="304" /></a></div>It is at this point that Bell believes Watson gets married again.<br /><b>Mr. Fairdale Hobbs</b> - 1896 (REDC)<br /><b>The 'Matilda Briggs'</b> - 1896 (SUSS)<br /><b>The Coiner</b> - early 1897 (SHOS)<br /><b>The St. Pancras Case</b> - May 1897 (SHOS)<br /><b>The Two Coptic Patriarchs</b> - July 1898 (RETI)<br /><b>The Conk-Singleton Forgery Case</b> - July 1900 (SIXN)<br /><b>The Ferrers Documents</b>, <b>The Abergavenny Murder</b> - May 1901 (PRIO)<br /><b>The Sultan of Turkey</b> - January 1903 (BLAN)<br />Finally, Bell thinks this is the time of Watson's third mariage.<br /><br />At the end of his book Bell lists cases that he calls 'undateable.' He asks, "Are we to accept all the titles quoted as those of cases in which Holmes himself was consulted?" He thinks that the cases were mentioned, but weren't necessarily taken by or involving Holmes at all. Here are the 18 he lists.<br /><b>Mrs. Cecil Forester, The Bishopsgate Jewel Case</b> - before Wednesday, September 7, 1887 (SIGN)<br /><b>The Darlington Substitution Scandal, The Arnsworth Castle Business</b> - before Thursday, March 22, 1888 (SCAN)<br /><b>Mrs. Etherege's Husband</b> - before middle September 1888 (IDEN)<br /><b>The Tankerville Club Scandal</b> - before late September 1888 (FIVE)<br /><b>The Second Stain (I)</b> - March 1881-Autumn 1890 (YELL)<br /><b>The Woman at Margate</b> - March 1881-Autumn 1890 (SECO III)(Recall that he thinks there are three SECO's, and that the third one is the one we all know.)<br /><b>Archie Stamford</b> - March 1881-Autumn 1890 (SOLI)<br /><b>Colonel Warburton's Madness</b> - March 1881-Autumn 1890 (ENGR)<br /><b>Mathews</b> - before 1891 (EMPT)<br /><b>Henry Staunton</b> - before February 1897 (MISS)<br /><b>The Abernetty Family</b> - before July 1900 (SIXN)<br /><b>Baron Dowson</b> - before summer 1903 (MAZA)<br />T<b>he Disappearance of James Phillimore, Isadora Persano and the Remarkable Worm, The Loss of the Cutter "Alicia'</b> - all before 1903 (THOR)<br /><b>Count von Und Zu Grafenstein</b> - before 1904 (LAST)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6LhTw3GPcPA/W6rKbmto6SI/AAAAAAAAB1A/7jiVhsyqZcIf8ksKzrw8bBAHLVyrzkboACLcBGAs/s1600/2018_09_25%2B7_48%2BPM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6LhTw3GPcPA/W6rKbmto6SI/AAAAAAAAB1A/7jiVhsyqZcIf8ksKzrw8bBAHLVyrzkboACLcBGAs/s400/2018_09_25%2B7_48%2BPM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" width="226" height="400" data-original-width="646" data-original-height="1144" /></a></div>The last paragraph of the book talks about one of the more famous unpublished cases (that isn't listed above) in <b>The Politician, The Lighthouse, and The Trained Cormorant</b>. He offers no date. It is mentioned in VEIL, which he dates to autumn of 1896, but the story wasn't published until 1927, so it could've happened about anytime.<br />One thing that bothers me about his dating of the unpublished stories is that he doesn't take into account the time from when the story happened to when it was published. Watson could've mentioned these only in editing, and if the case wasn't put into the public forum for a few years then it's possible those cases could've happened after the case was over, and Watson just tossed it in to take up space or for dramatic effect. Who knows. Either way, this post will serve as a list of the cases which we never got to enjoy from Watson (if nothing else).<br />Next month will bring you another article from my archives that deals with a specific case's chronology. Don't know which yet as I grab them at random. So, I'll see you then (and on Facebook). Until then...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-40038600545505910882018-09-14T15:01:00.001-07:002018-09-14T15:01:14.747-07:00Chronology Appears In This PostIf I had my way, and could pick whatever career I wanted, I would pick researcher. I think the idea of chasing historical ghosts and facts is all kinds of wonderful, and I would never feel like I was "at work" again. But, it's not what I do, and that's unfortunate. Maybe one day when I retire from the federal government position I currently hold. Maybe. One day. Until then I will just continue to do this "job" and also continue to love doing it. And maybe even take it to another level.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-whLTV7_MDcU/W5XAxsCJgmI/AAAAAAAABzk/orZ2M0_Ad_wbXQG70Bat-aq-VTKg4TDUACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-whLTV7_MDcU/W5XAxsCJgmI/AAAAAAAABzk/orZ2M0_Ad_wbXQG70Bat-aq-VTKg4TDUACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>Some years ago I was talking to a friend of mine about this venture, and they brought up the idea of a YouTube channel. I was intrigued, but certain that was bigger than what I was doing. The conversation never really got into specifics, only generalities, but it still made me think. Now, at the time I was struggling with the idea of even keeping this blog going. I just hadn't found its place yet, and I grew apart from it a number of times. Happily, it eventually got its footing, and now has a solid direction. But, a YouTube channel? Well, let's talk about that.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NFB3poRyc-0/W5XBx0YV-zI/AAAAAAAABzs/kuODGac4cUE8bLmKqZHQAti_xOLo0pZ4ACLcBGAs/s1600/youtube-logo.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NFB3poRyc-0/W5XBx0YV-zI/AAAAAAAABzs/kuODGac4cUE8bLmKqZHQAti_xOLo0pZ4ACLcBGAs/s400/youtube-logo.png" width="400" height="225" data-original-width="896" data-original-height="504" /></a></div>I've been thinking more about this lately. I like the thought, and know enough people whom I could ask for help when needed, but I'm torn when it comes to content. Like many of you I have a regular everyday life. Everything I do here has to be worked in around it. I spend a lot of my free time searching for things to give you, and the thought of having to find unique facts and stories to put on a separate medium is a little daunting. If I could do this all the time then it would be no problem, but I can't. So, it begs the question: what to do?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xvGLZLPDFKc/W5XK3IeeZtI/AAAAAAAABz4/UjdLXR6JxNAMRRQNrVZGtAVKgmhr3BLygCLcBGAs/s1600/doors.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xvGLZLPDFKc/W5XK3IeeZtI/AAAAAAAABz4/UjdLXR6JxNAMRRQNrVZGtAVKgmhr3BLygCLcBGAs/s400/doors.jpg" width="400" height="370" data-original-width="538" data-original-height="497" /></a></div>I've done Power Point presentations for nearly every paper I've given. I think I have a pretty good handle on it, and enjoy putting them together, so doing so for an episode would be no different except in the way it's done. But, do I make episodes based on posts that I put on here, or do something totally different? It would be no problem to take one of these posts and put it into another form. Heck, I would even narrate it. But, it would be doubling up, and if you've read it here you probably don't want to see the same thing over again. The only difference would be it would be read to you instead of you reading it. (I have a decent voice - so I've been told - but I'm no Gary Owens.)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--uhuN6G89ps/W5XNLbfhL_I/AAAAAAAAB0E/mAzcNr0a4AEneX2LULtoLF4d5M1hxv9ngCLcBGAs/s1600/gary%2Bowens.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--uhuN6G89ps/W5XNLbfhL_I/AAAAAAAAB0E/mAzcNr0a4AEneX2LULtoLF4d5M1hxv9ngCLcBGAs/s400/gary%2Bowens.png" width="400" height="248" data-original-width="620" data-original-height="384" /></a></div>This is all under consideration along with the chronologist society, and possible meetings and gatherings of said society. I've also got book ideas on the calendar, and write columns and articles fairly frequently. You could say I'm already busy with this, but I wouldn't do it if I didn't truly enjoy it. So, back to the original question of what to do content-wise.<br />I'm going to be giving this a lot of attention in the coming weeks, and should I decide it's something I am going to do perhaps I can have a plan in place for it by the end of the year so that I can start bright and early in 2019. In the meantime I will still bring you Facebook posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. (Though I do have one planned for Sunday, September 30. You'll see why.) So far I haven't found any of this too overwhelming, and with the amount of information available I'm sure that will never happen as it's just laying there waiting for someone to talk about it. <br /><br />I also want to touch on something else here - other blogs. Seems there an awful lot of them that deal with Victorian times and London and all of the things that people dealt with during that time. I have amassed almost 50 of them, and can always mine material from them, but I try not to duplicate anything they did. Often I can fnd enough data to make a new and original post on at least one of the pages. I have ones that deal with crime, or everyday living, or bizarre aspects of Victorian life, or simple trivia. I have read about things from murder to sewers, and from food to cemeteries. It's so much fun to find something I can tie Holmes and/or Watson into, though I'll admit it's tough at times. Still, with 60 stories in The Canon, and hundreds of thousands of words, a way can always be found.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6yYE0Ew32Ew/W5XX3HQ89QI/AAAAAAAAB0Q/IDJabePOmNgaMO1Y0Xe4KoJBBKbwxZQagCLcBGAs/s1600/blogger.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6yYE0Ew32Ew/W5XX3HQ89QI/AAAAAAAAB0Q/IDJabePOmNgaMO1Y0Xe4KoJBBKbwxZQagCLcBGAs/s400/blogger.jpg" width="400" height="219" data-original-width="628" data-original-height="344" /></a></div>I realize that this particular installment didn't actually touch on much that has to do with Sherlockian chronology, but the next one will. It's my bread and butter, and I shan't shy far from it. So, if it's that type of thing you're thirsting for, then your wish will soon be fulfilled. Until then, keep an eye on the Facebook page because that thing is always busy. And it's almost always about chronology, or something in Victorian London that Holmes and/or Watson would've had to seen or known of.<br />I'll leave you for now, but not for long. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-59039480509496864332018-08-27T09:27:00.000-07:002018-08-27T09:27:20.955-07:00Just Generally Speaking...I know other people have written about what I'm going to write about in this entry, but my guess is that not everyone knows about it. So, I'm going to talk about it again. Again, you say? Well, I touched on it briefly almost exactly one year ago today on August 29, 2017, in a post about 'The Adventure of the Cardboard Box' (CARD). (It was titled Data! Data! Data! if you want to take a look.) But the idea came from a recent post I made over on this blog's sister site on Facebook. Now, let's expand on it.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zb1gJbQTb0E/W4DBJEIE7wI/AAAAAAAABy0/4GGDvP3GueQhupMNrwz2-FDfksGnua1wACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zb1gJbQTb0E/W4DBJEIE7wI/AAAAAAAABy0/4GGDvP3GueQhupMNrwz2-FDfksGnua1wACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>In CARD we hear the following:<br /><br /><b>'Do you mean to say that you read my train of thoughts from my features?'<br />'Your features, and especially your eyes. Perhaps you cannot yourself recall how your reverie commenced?'<br />'No, I cannot.'<br />'Then I will tell you. After throwing down your paper, which was the action which drew my attention to you, you sat for half a minute with a vacant expression. Then your eyes fixed themselves upon your newly-framed picture of General Gordon, and I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started. But it did not lead very far. Your eyes flashed across to the unframed portrait of Henry Ward Beecher which stands upon the top of your books. You then glanced up at the wall, and of course your meaning was obvious. You were thinking that if the portrait were framed, it would just cover that bare space and correspond with Gordon's picture over there.'<br />'You have followed me wonderfully!' I exclaimed.</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fhfkUCkX25Q/W4DC0HsmdMI/AAAAAAAABzA/gU5o8kB0r4gitVV_GnJ1Hm9rBPbBEK8gACLcBGAs/s1600/220px-Charles_Gordon_Pasha.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fhfkUCkX25Q/W4DC0HsmdMI/AAAAAAAABzA/gU5o8kB0r4gitVV_GnJ1Hm9rBPbBEK8gACLcBGAs/s400/220px-Charles_Gordon_Pasha.jpg" width="291" height="400" data-original-width="210" data-original-height="289" /></a></div>Major-General Charles George Gordon was a British Army officer who saw action on numerous fronts in Europe and Asia. It was his service in Asia that made him a national hero and earned him the nickname "Chinese" Gordon. Watson was obviously an ardent admirer of the man, as were many, and even went so far to put up a picture of him at 221b. (There are lots of pictures of Gordon, but the one shown here seems to be the most popular, so I picked it.) He was a hero in the eyes of the British people because of his exploits in other lands and because of his glorified death in 1885, but was less so to the British government who found him to be a bit of a troublemaker who sometimes went against orders. <br />Now let's talk about the part that will make you wonder.<br /><br />There's another General Gordon.<br />The other Gordon, John Brown Gordon, was an attorney before becoming a soldier, and a Senator and railroadman after. He wrote a book in 1903, but that was after he was a Governor. He was also the leader of a veteran's group until he died in 1904. His war record isn't too shabby, either. He certainly seems like the kind of man to admire, right? <br />Well, this General Gordon was in the Army, too. The Confederate Army.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qphkrb4L8II/W4DJpzwWqTI/AAAAAAAABzM/SfKw_J12ueMak6Kj49om-3Klh4Ig_vc_ACLcBGAs/s1600/Jbgordon.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qphkrb4L8II/W4DJpzwWqTI/AAAAAAAABzM/SfKw_J12ueMak6Kj49om-3Klh4Ig_vc_ACLcBGAs/s400/Jbgordon.jpg" width="328" height="400" data-original-width="571" data-original-height="697" /></a></div>Now, I'm not going to express any opinion one way or the other, but there are certain things about him that can be viewed as unfortunate by some. This Gordon was, in fact, a slave owner like his father, and there is some evidence that he was the head of the Georgia KKK. (That's never been proven, by the way.) <br />Let's take a look at the next paragraph in the story.<br /><br /><b>'So far I could hardly have gone astray. But now your thoughts went back to Beecher, and you looked hard across as if you were studying the character in his features. Then your eyes ceased to pucker, but you continued to look across, and your face was thoughtful. You were recalling the incidents of Beecher's career. I was well aware that you could not do this without thinking of the mission which he undertook on behalf of the North at the time of the Civil War, for I remember your expressing your passionate indignation at the way in which he was received by the more turbulent of our people. You felt so strongly about it, that I knew you could not think of Beecher without thinking of that also. When a moment later I saw your eyes wander away from the picture, I suspected that your mind had now turned to the Civil War, and when I observed that your lips set, your eyes sparkled, and your hands clenched, I was positive that you were indeed thinking of the gallantry which was shown by both sides in that desperate struggle. But then, again, your face grew sadder; your shook your head. You were dwelling upon the sadness and horror and useless waste of life. Your hand stole towards your own old wound and a smile quivered on your lips, which showed me that the ridiculous side of this method of settling international questions had forced itself upon your mind. At this point I agreed with you that it was preposterous, and was glad to find that all my deductions had been correct.'</b><br /><br />Looks like the Civil War was in fact on Watson's mind, but again it really doesn't say in what way. We can go the easy way and say that he was a fan of the Union, but what if? Again, I'm not levying an opinion here, I'm merely laying out the facts so that others can decide. It's a gray area, but one that I suspect most will say has to fall with the winning side. (Just remember, though, that the guy in the other portrait was an American. Hmm...)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8fipK81-UJs/W4DRB82-jdI/AAAAAAAABzY/gFOHCed0WxcMRtGDfn-oSRL0yUh5XXZegCLcBGAs/s1600/logo-e1490361211314.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8fipK81-UJs/W4DRB82-jdI/AAAAAAAABzY/gFOHCed0WxcMRtGDfn-oSRL0yUh5XXZegCLcBGAs/s400/logo-e1490361211314.jpg" width="400" height="254" data-original-width="500" data-original-height="318" /></a></div>So, which General Gordon was it? Both men had great war records, and both were distinguished gentlemen in most ways, but they also had their controversies. I don't know the answer here, but I know as a Brit Watson would probably have chosen his fellow countryman.<br />Well, those are all the pertinent facts. You can decide for yourself. Remember to follow your heart.<br />I'll see you next time. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-44989982131216969192018-08-10T11:18:00.000-07:002018-08-10T17:07:56.134-07:00The Adventure of the Veiled LogicAs much as I enjoy talking to you about all the different little quirky finds I've made in the world of late-Victorian London and the time of Holmes and Watson, it's also important to get back to the roots of your quest. So, I bring to you another of the chronological columns that I wrote for my home society's newsletter. I'm not doing these in any order (except for the first one) so I just reached into the pile and pulled out one at random.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4l28N6s-NjI/W1v-D3n2rWI/AAAAAAAABw4/HJ_1d8ump20LLyj9_o8bxdyV3UNSX5zgQCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4l28N6s-NjI/W1v-D3n2rWI/AAAAAAAABw4/HJ_1d8ump20LLyj9_o8bxdyV3UNSX5zgQCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>Now, I have to ask that you remember that these were done before I realized that I had forgotten to make a number of considerations for my findings. The logic isn't always sound, and often they were written in haste and can read that way. For the post here where I showed you my first chronology column ever, my friend James made some great points that I made note of for future considerations. I welcome these kinds of things, but ask you to be kind to me. I was a young, excited, budding Sherlockian trying to make my way in a part of the hobby that I was told not to waste my time on. Still, I do enjoy bringing these to you.<br />This time we'll be looking at 'The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger' (VEIL) in a piece I wrote for the October 2006 edition.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EcjcX9zBM8g/W2o7TwJl6tI/AAAAAAAAByU/o0De4V_INNsdT8tTqN0_Rd8ewmob8uo-ACLcBGAs/s1600/2018_08_07%2B8_30%2BPM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EcjcX9zBM8g/W2o7TwJl6tI/AAAAAAAAByU/o0De4V_INNsdT8tTqN0_Rd8ewmob8uo-ACLcBGAs/s400/2018_08_07%2B8_30%2BPM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" width="255" height="400" data-original-width="1020" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div><br /><b>The Chronological Canon</b><br />by Vince Wright<br /><br />"The <i>Adventure</i> of the Veiled Lodger" is just that and nothing more. There is neither an appreciable mystery nor a really great story, but from a chronological standpoint it's a darn fine problem. This tale does not cause a debate over the dating of it mainly because there are no dates to argue about.<br />A close look reveals some slim clues that help in the quest. We do find possible timelines to use, but not very obvious ones, and outside of "late 1896" there is no other direct help besides a delivered note from Holmes which did not come on a Sunday. Most chronologists (nearly all) just agree with Watson on the year and can go no further. Only our fellow Sherlockian Brad Keefauver narrows it down to a specific calendar square with some decent logic, and I will look at his thinking and see if I can come to the same conclusion.<br />As for the clues that don't help, here they are: Watson was living at Baker Street, Abbas Parva (which doesn't sound like an English name) doesn't exist, and the phrase "in his cups" (to be drunk or being a drunk) was used by Mark Twain in <i>Innocents Abroad</i> in 1869, and had been used in other works in different forms.<br />The only historical evidence in the story comes from the names Wombwell and Sanger, both circus folk. Their schedule traditionally began on May 1st, but as the term circus can be substituted for other words like carnival, menagerie, funfair, bazaar, or festival, it's hard to track down exact dates. Some were known to start in early January, but not all of them. According to Keefauver, "Lord" Sanger ran his circus for nine months a year, and I have to assume that Ronder, the rival, kept the same schedule. The season was still in as the killing happened while the show was on its way to Wimbledon and was camping between appearances. Leonardo, the strongman who worked for Ronder, died while bathing near Margate so the month was likely not a winter one.<br />The events on the story took place seven years before, and if 1896 is right that means 1889. The only indication of a time of year is "late" 1896. Keefauver gives us the exact date of September 22, 1889, based on these points: evidence of a late December starting time for circuses; Eugenia and Leonardo would have wanted to kill Ronder before the end of the season; and if late December/early January is right then it would have been over by September/October placing Leonardo's death in August or so since Eugenia read about his death in the paper "last month." Using the 22nd places the date <i>later</i> in the year, but having to exclude late, cold months makes this seem workable.<br />I cannot find a reason to disagree with Kefauver's date even though it doesn't feel right. Until new evidence comes to light I will accept this and agree.<br /><br />Even as I re-type all of this I realize just how amateur my logic and reasoning seemed. (Often I would write these columns the night before the deadline, thus robbing myself and my readers of a better piece.) I also get to find all the places I left out commas or words, and see how often I didn't (did not) use contractions just so I could get to an exact word count. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4eoHV46KhJM/W2o8fy00fZI/AAAAAAAAByg/y8y0wpboPC8yZSkR-ljxRVa3H_ATXXpPACLcBGAs/s1600/main-qimg-2fd0af5681beff9e092929f8d98b5c2e-c.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4eoHV46KhJM/W2o8fy00fZI/AAAAAAAAByg/y8y0wpboPC8yZSkR-ljxRVa3H_ATXXpPACLcBGAs/s400/main-qimg-2fd0af5681beff9e092929f8d98b5c2e-c.jpg" width="376" height="400" data-original-width="540" data-original-height="574" /></a></div>Still, these aren't too bad, and they improved with time and experience. There's also the matter of me saying "all" or "most" chronologists because at the time I didn't have all of the chronologies I have now. That might change a few things, but not necessarily the date.<br />Speaking of the chronologies I have...<br />Recently I was able to obtain a 24th for my collection, and sat down to add it to my databases. While doing this I noticed a couple of small mistakes on another timeline. When I investigated it I found that the one collective place I'd gotten info for about half of my chronologies was in the wrong. So, I went back to the source material and got the correct dates, but found myself wondering just how many mistakes there were to find. After a lot of checking I discovered a number of them. I realized then that I should have went back to the original publications themselves for my data. (I shall be doing that from now on.)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nOqLnIJOVm8/W2o8zpDY_0I/AAAAAAAAByo/kPSDakk1IOs889eZPw4Djc3ApSPL1j3zwCLcBGAs/s1600/historical-research-25-638.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nOqLnIJOVm8/W2o8zpDY_0I/AAAAAAAAByo/kPSDakk1IOs889eZPw4Djc3ApSPL1j3zwCLcBGAs/s400/historical-research-25-638.jpg" width="400" height="225" data-original-width="638" data-original-height="359" /></a></div>I was disheartened, as well, because those errors meant I had also gotten some of my Facebook Posts wrong. But, what's done is done. I'll just have to make sure it's correct from this point on.<br />I hope you enjoyed this second foray into my chronological genesis. I love being able to share these with you. See you soon, and as always...thanks for reading!Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-48959267245559440552018-07-30T07:53:00.001-07:002018-07-30T07:53:45.458-07:00Improving The Already PerfectThis post is going to briefly touch on something I love, and then it's going to continue on to something else I love. I know from time to time I get away from the chronology aspect here, but I take little trips outward to show you little glimpses of the world in which Holmes and Watson lived. I think it's necessary, and it's also a lot of fun. Today though, we're going to be taking a look at something I've long had in the back of my mind to do, but haven't taken the time to complete.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gq99_jo5hZs/W15Q35zZ41I/AAAAAAAABxE/nhppGwPUhSQzwigpnA-5vHosruY5m_5xACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gq99_jo5hZs/W15Q35zZ41I/AAAAAAAABxE/nhppGwPUhSQzwigpnA-5vHosruY5m_5xACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>That thing I love is M*A*S*H. I've been a fan of the show since I was a kid, and will always be one. I have seen every episode literally hundreds of times, and can quote from them extensively. It is my absolute favorite TV show of all time. (Yes, I still cry when Col. Blake dies.) However, one of the criticisms I hear about it is that the show lasted 11 years, whereas the actual Korean War only lasted 2 1/2. I don't find this to be a problem at all because those who make that comment are missing an important aspect of the timeline: the show doesn't flow through from day one until the last day without a break. There are only 256 episodes, and each of them only covers a certain length of time. In other words, what would be the total number of days if you just looked at the actual length of each episode in that way? Would it equal more than 2 1/2 years? If so, then <b>that</b> argument would be valid. The other way is not.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z1xfKzc7DTA/W15ST6l0J8I/AAAAAAAABxQ/hX2kqE2q-LQsofmoGnQ3muVsApFZig7CQCLcBGAs/s1600/MASH%2Bchopper.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z1xfKzc7DTA/W15ST6l0J8I/AAAAAAAABxQ/hX2kqE2q-LQsofmoGnQ3muVsApFZig7CQCLcBGAs/s400/MASH%2Bchopper.jpg" width="400" height="263" data-original-width="1600" data-original-height="1050" /></a></div>Now to that other thing I love: Sherlock Holmes. It's not exactly the same thing when referring to the Holmes timelines because they could not possibly add up to the almost 20 years he was in practice. So, it's actually the opposite side of the M*A*S*H conundrum. But, nowhere in my databases do I have anything that shows the actual length of time each chronologist thinks each case took. I need to remedy that. Let me give you an example.<br /><br />William S. Baring-Gould says that 'A Scandal in Bohemia' (SCAN) lasts from <b>Friday May 20 to Sunday, May 22, 1887</b>.<br />E. B. Zeisler agrees with the number of days, but says it was <b>Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 1889</b>.<br />H. W. Bell, on the other hand, says that the action lasted one day longer. He likes <b>Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25, 1888</b>.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ty3RigzZufw/W15aqp7G-RI/AAAAAAAABxc/dy9VlWuNAb0VEbrLxktMfFog8QuE-ZzoQCLcBGAs/s1600/bohemia.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ty3RigzZufw/W15aqp7G-RI/AAAAAAAABxc/dy9VlWuNAb0VEbrLxktMfFog8QuE-ZzoQCLcBGAs/s400/bohemia.png" width="333" height="400" data-original-width="275" data-original-height="330" /></a></div>Now, ignoring the years (which are right next to each other purely by coincidence in choosing the story), you'll see that there's disagreement on how long the case took. That is what I am missing in my lists. I have realized this for a long time, but always got by on just having the beginning dates. What I'm doing, however, is cheating myself out of even more chronolgical information. Yes, the starting date is the most important, but what's missing could potentially affect other stories. There are a few that seem to have pauses in them, and those pauses may be because of (or contain) another case. I'm not completely certain of this, but it seems I can recall a situation like that somewhere.<br />This is going to take quite a bit of time to change, and I will only be able to peck away at it here and there. This little project of mine just continues to grow, and my time for new things keeps getting smaller. However, I am dedicated to this, so I will make it happen somewhere. In the end it will only allow for more blog posts, and I'll finally feel like I'm not cheating myself of all that other data. So, it looks like I've got a lot of work to do.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D0iXMWLCwWY/W15katIE6QI/AAAAAAAABxo/gXxga9C1h_cc2qBXmvMvkiigDQBG9a9bQCLcBGAs/s1600/work.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D0iXMWLCwWY/W15katIE6QI/AAAAAAAABxo/gXxga9C1h_cc2qBXmvMvkiigDQBG9a9bQCLcBGAs/s400/work.jpg" width="400" height="251" data-original-width="284" data-original-height="178" /></a></div>Now, on top of all of this, I recently became aware of a new chronology out there. I know where it is, I just have to go get a copy of it. (Actually, I have a copy on the way.) This will bring my total number of timelines to 24. I'm not sure how I didn't know about it, but was thrilled to find out. In addition, I have people asking about the society for chronologists that I've mentioned in previous posts. It's still going to happen, I just have to work out the details and do some of the fine tuning before I start requesting members. Also, I have several projects and papers that have upcoming deadlines, plus an invitation to write another pastiche. (I had to turn down the last invitation because of time constraints, so we'll see what happens with this one.) I love having all of these irons in the fire, and hope I can meet and/or exceed what's expected of me.<br />This is the first time I've ever had three posts in one month, and I foresee me having enough 'product' to continue to do so for some time. It may not always be three, but it will never be just one again. My archives and files are just filled with all sorts of interesting little tidbits that don't seem to mesh together, and you're the beneficiary. It should be a fun ride.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p7QJ-5PvVGk/W15nBa_kegI/AAAAAAAABx0/1S9rKohn1rY_RPDZ8ut0jzQYL6yCIJilgCLcBGAs/s1600/vacation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p7QJ-5PvVGk/W15nBa_kegI/AAAAAAAABx0/1S9rKohn1rY_RPDZ8ut0jzQYL6yCIJilgCLcBGAs/s400/vacation.jpg" width="400" height="188" data-original-width="640" data-original-height="300" /></a></div>For now, I need to get to work on what I talked about above. I'll see you next month, and as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-61614901434984345772018-07-21T09:14:00.000-07:002018-07-21T18:44:16.101-07:00Mistake? Intentional? You DecideThe Sidney Paget illustrations for The Canon cases are some of the most recognized in the world of Sherlockiana. A good number of them are iconic, and are repeated for images used on business cards, announcements, websites...just about anything we use in the hobby. They are a mainstay.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dSc3j8LBftA/W05qERH_GGI/AAAAAAAABwI/Y5TeGq7WtB01uhcd7gD2dOWTnEv7MD4pQCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dSc3j8LBftA/W05qERH_GGI/AAAAAAAABwI/Y5TeGq7WtB01uhcd7gD2dOWTnEv7MD4pQCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>I have looked at all of these drawings and have found a few peculiarities in some. They are illustrations, after all, and not photographs, so there can be mistakes or oddities that need to be looked into or explained. Today, we're going to look at one of those. So, everyone open your copies of The Canon to 'A Scandal in Bohemia' (SCAN). Watson has come to visit Holmes, and during the conversation Watson takes a seat while Holmes stands in front of the fire and discusses Watson's weight.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aOyv6VsUoZg/W05xi_Z6QnI/AAAAAAAABwU/CybqrK_vpK8ZLwKS3YA60LEk7vrEYH6jwCLcBGAs/s1600/scan1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aOyv6VsUoZg/W05xi_Z6QnI/AAAAAAAABwU/CybqrK_vpK8ZLwKS3YA60LEk7vrEYH6jwCLcBGAs/s400/scan1.jpg" width="274" height="400" data-original-width="220" data-original-height="321" /></a></div>Watson looks comfortable, and he expects something is about to happen since Holmes seems pensive. Then they start discussing the upcoming case. However, there's something missing in the picture. I don't know why it isn't there, but it isn't. Anyway, let's keep the narratve going here. Holmes tells Watson of the impending case, and they spend a few minutes examining a note that The Master had received. <br />The sound of "horse's hoofs and grating wheels against the curb" tells them that their mysterious visitor has arrived. Now, remember, only about five minutes have passed.<br />So, in that five minutes before this stately dude walks in and gets the case underway, what happened to cause what occurs next? Was Mrs. Hudson in the room and we just weren't told about it? Or had Holmes planned on doing it all along and just forgot until Watson arrived. Of course, he had to wait until Watson got out of the chair to do it, and it had to be quick.<br />What am I talking about, you ask? Well, take a look at the third illustration in the case and tell me what's missing from the first one.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Kp_amfdzoHw/W051ScVZ51I/AAAAAAAABwg/hL9YcqAgF2sSbp3Kgx5x2xkqiDrNc1V6gCLcBGAs/s1600/scan2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Kp_amfdzoHw/W051ScVZ51I/AAAAAAAABwg/hL9YcqAgF2sSbp3Kgx5x2xkqiDrNc1V6gCLcBGAs/s400/scan2.jpg" width="372" height="400" data-original-width="250" data-original-height="269" /></a></div>Now do you see it? I don't quite understand it myself. Holmes and Watson never struck me as uncomfortable around royalty. Maybe they were just embarrassed that their meager belongings weren't of the caliber that this man was used to. Or, maybe Mr. Paget just missed or forgot it in the first illustration. Either way, it's weird.<br />I realize it doesn't mean much in this crazy world of ours, but it's the sort of thing that just tickles my liver, so I had to share it. I thought perhaps my audience would enjoy it.<br />Wait, you haven't seen it yet? Oh, sorry. Well, in the first illustration we can't see Holmes's chair, so it may have been that way all along, but you'll note that Watsons's chair is now covered with a sheet of some kind whereas before it was not.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-djpJ-iHidAU/W055H1G4fUI/AAAAAAAABws/XBKH135npXYgg9KdXQTavRxXx7dYkpfSgCLcBGAs/s1600/smiley%2Bface.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-djpJ-iHidAU/W055H1G4fUI/AAAAAAAABws/XBKH135npXYgg9KdXQTavRxXx7dYkpfSgCLcBGAs/s400/smiley%2Bface.jpg" width="400" height="300" data-original-width="600" data-original-height="450" /></a></div>Sorry, everyone. I was just having a little fun with you. This is one of those quirky little things I've noticed that I wanted to share with you. Please forgive me.<br />Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it. I am curious how many people said, "I never noticed that before!" But, fun is the idea behind all of this, and this version of the 'Spot the Difference' from the puzzle magazines is the kind of back burner topics I have floating around in my brain.<br />So, thanks for reading. I'll see you soon.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-81928376745603696132018-07-09T08:38:00.000-07:002018-07-09T08:38:18.750-07:00From The Archives...In the fall of 2005 I started a new feature in my home scion's newsletter. It was a column about my new-found love...chronology. I didn't know at the time where it would eventually take me, but I knew no one else was going to start one, so I wanted to add to the hobby in a way that wasn't going to happen otherwise. And, people needed to know the thoughts that were running around in my head. (Not that they asked.)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rHrjSCf0TZQ/Wz-RK531R1I/AAAAAAAABuw/FQmG0Q8wSUYMRstT0gW4x0Hj-4aJbC4fACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rHrjSCf0TZQ/Wz-RK531R1I/AAAAAAAABuw/FQmG0Q8wSUYMRstT0gW4x0Hj-4aJbC4fACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>I contacted the (then) editor of the newsletter, Steve Doyle, and told him my thoughts. He gladly accepted the offer, and was probably relieved to have one less page to fill on his own. (The early days of the publication were often filled almost exclusively by him.) So, I set to work. Our calendar had the case of 'The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire' (SUSS) up next. It was as good a place as any to start, so I did the research, wrote the article, and started my new journey.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lDn_i0pNgjs/W0BISXxkEmI/AAAAAAAABvY/nnwGTeyM2VAbRSZgr3hbFr7giIte-tKfgCLcBGAs/s1600/7_6_18%2B11_28%2BAM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lDn_i0pNgjs/W0BISXxkEmI/AAAAAAAABvY/nnwGTeyM2VAbRSZgr3hbFr7giIte-tKfgCLcBGAs/s640/7_6_18%2B11_28%2BAM%2BOffice%2BLens.jpg" width="412" height="640" data-original-width="1030" data-original-height="1600" /></a></div>Here is the article in its entirety (with some light editing), including the lead that Steve put in to "warn" everyone of what they were about to read.<br /><br /><b>The Chronological Canon</b><br />by Vince Wright<br /><br /><i>We are pleased to offer a new regular column on the thorny subject of Canonical Chronology by Illustrious Client member Vince Wright. He leads off, appropriately, with "The Sussex Vampire."</i><br /><br />Did 'The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" take place in 1896/7 or 1901? This story requires looking outside the box in order to find an answer. We have the usual clues from Watson - train schedules, weather reports, the mail service, and his inability to properly read a calendar - but here we have something else. This case can probably be dated by investigating it etymologically and literally.<br />While most chronologists agree to the date of November 19, the year is always in question. Baring-Gould likes 1896, as do a few others, but yet others can do no better than placing it between then and 1902. The problem, however, is two-fold. First is the common usage of the term vampire/vampyre, and second is the appearance of the word "Yeggman."<br />Vampires were made world famous by the Irish novelist Bram Stoker. In May of 1897 he published a book about Count Dracula beased on the accounts written about a Vlad Tepes who ruled Walachia (now part of Romania) in the 15th century. Before this it's hard to find literature on vampires, as there are only three somewhat-well-known titles from the 1800's on the subject. If <i>Dracula</i> was released in 1897 it is hard to imagine that Holmes would already have it in his indexes as there would be little or no actual activity surrounding vampires before that. It seems more likely that a later date would be more accurate.<br />The other problem is the first appearance of the word yegg or yeggman. Specifically it refers to a burglar or safecracker and it is most likely a Gypsy word or name originally meaning 'bomber.' Noting that the word refers to a burglar who cracks safes sloppily, perhaps by using poorly made bombs, solves the bomber/burglar problem. The first recorded use of the word in print is attributed to <i>The New York Evening Post</i> in June 1903. It became part of the British vernacular in or about 1900 but was around in the mid-1890's in the United States as a slang term. In a series of speeches given and published from 1904 on by William Pinkerton, of the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency, the word is used heavily and in one case was what the entire speech was about. Holmes would have likely read these accounts but not in time to set the date in 1897. As "yegg" did exist in street lingo prior to these articles it is possible for him to have heard it, maybe from the Irregulars. Even so, he probably would not have yet had it listed in his files and certainly not in capitalized form.<br />Baring-Gould uses some logic when calculating post office schedules and effectively eliminates 1898 or 1899. Since I have already shown any year below that to be improbable we have to look at 1900 or later. 1903 seems likely but only on the basis of the newspaper piece in New York. This is the year our beloved detective retired and therefore can be counted out fairly safely. From 1896 to 1900 we have only a few tales recorded and even fewer published. In 1901 he got back into the swing of things and got back to detecting. In 1902 Watson moved to Queen Anne Street and was only around occasionally. Thus, we now have to draw the conclusion that the story happens from Wednesday, November 19 to Friday November 21, 1901.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JyrFzADBgws/W0BSow8KYMI/AAAAAAAABvw/mMJHrJxp744dgS5phmQA3NvOGjiKtbONACLcBGAs/s1600/Ta%2BDa%2B%2528%2Bc164163_l%2B%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JyrFzADBgws/W0BSow8KYMI/AAAAAAAABvw/mMJHrJxp744dgS5phmQA3NvOGjiKtbONACLcBGAs/s400/Ta%2BDa%2B%2528%2Bc164163_l%2B%2529.jpg" width="286" height="400" data-original-width="571" data-original-height="800" /></a></div>Well, there you have it - my first step into the chronological quagmire. The writing, syntax, and punctuation is pretty bad, but I got better. (Haven't I?) I'm not even sure all of my facts were 100% correct, but when I re-examine this story sometime I'll double-check myself. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy seeing how all of this began, and how long I've been at it. <br />See you again soon.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-79527070674511142682018-06-19T07:54:00.002-07:002018-06-19T07:54:20.327-07:00Talk About A Crappy Subject!I know I've mentioned it before, but I am fascinated by what Holmes and/or Watson would have seen in their everyday lives in London. Anytime I found out about a new something-or-other I jump on it. I mentioned one of those things in my last blog post, and now I'd like to expand on it.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FDG6m3mOMtc/Wycam0xn-AI/AAAAAAAABsU/N7Q2wL48a3wFYwbysA2-eNBznhXAdo9sACLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FDG6m3mOMtc/Wycam0xn-AI/AAAAAAAABsU/N7Q2wL48a3wFYwbysA2-eNBznhXAdo9sACLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>I came across an article about this just by happenstance. (That happens a lot.) It was about stink pipes. Yep, stink pipes. These items were installed all over London to help bleed off some of the terrible smell that the less than adequate sewer systems emitted. In 1858, the year of the Great Stink, a gentleman by the name of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (a definite candidate for best English name ever!) came up with the idea while he and another engineer, Joseph Bazalgette, were working on fixing this horrendous problem. They were placed at strategic spots along the main sewer line, and worked like a dream. Not only did they take care of some of the stink, they also bled off the dangerous gasses that built up in the lines, and that kept explosions at a minimum.<br />One of the better stories about them, if that's possible, is how the Clock Tower (where Big Ben is) was actually used as one during the early days of the idea, but I'm saving that for a later post.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C2Cy92Wfljs/WyclDTjcBII/AAAAAAAABss/fkn2VekzihI5z8zkZfS7CWRxdoJeCy5KgCLcBGAs/s1600/blog3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C2Cy92Wfljs/WyclDTjcBII/AAAAAAAABss/fkn2VekzihI5z8zkZfS7CWRxdoJeCy5KgCLcBGAs/s400/blog3.jpg" width="400" height="318" data-original-width="484" data-original-height="385" /></a></div>Hundreds of these stench poles went up, and a lot of them survive today. There's even a dedicated group who are doing their best to see that they are preserved as a relic of the past. Most of the ones that remain are now capped. Not all, but most. Some even had light fixtures placed on top of them. A good portion of them could not be used for light fixtures because of their size. See, there were only two specifications for them: they had to be hollow, and they had to have an opening in the top. That's it. Judging by the pictures I've seen of these things, it appears that many different companies made them, and the styles ranged wildly. I've seen pictures of ones that were only about eight feet tall, and others that were upwards of thirty-five. Some were ornate, some were plain. Some had the manufacturers name put on them, others did not. Some were fat pipes, some were skinny. In fact, in doing research for this I never saw two just alike. Here's a picture from Wolverhampton of a rather plain tall one and then one from Kennington Road that is considerably shorter but more ornate.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yudNjAcKEyw/Wycn5m1-sjI/AAAAAAAABtA/IZeguBsoqoMXAGM5fboRyLzmhW5Hts58ACLcBGAs/s1600/pipecodsallx.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yudNjAcKEyw/Wycn5m1-sjI/AAAAAAAABtA/IZeguBsoqoMXAGM5fboRyLzmhW5Hts58ACLcBGAs/s400/pipecodsallx.jpg" width="244" height="400" data-original-width="244" data-original-height="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1_US4a3UFlQ/Wyc3EPCMy7I/AAAAAAAABtw/nCIB4mW4O80Z6HBbQ0BML7Y9JYzRBd2YQCLcBGAs/s1600/5920468239_897ec8a4d5_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1_US4a3UFlQ/Wyc3EPCMy7I/AAAAAAAABtw/nCIB4mW4O80Z6HBbQ0BML7Y9JYzRBd2YQCLcBGAs/s400/5920468239_897ec8a4d5_b.jpg" width="300" height="400" data-original-width="768" data-original-height="1024" /></a></div>Now, you might be wondering why I didn't post a picture of one from the time of Holmes and Watson. Well, it's because I can't find one. I'm sure they're out there, but I had no luck in the literal hours I looked trying to locate one. In fact, the earliest confirmed pics I could find were the two below. The first one is from 1927 and is from Fishbourne. This particular pipe had a weather vane attached to its top. The second one is from Brunswick in 1928.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q-HPOmtosdU/Wycxef_CQyI/AAAAAAAABtU/LhW8w7K8eUwNMxpKDyDY0Yzwlt2k8MmkQCLcBGAs/s1600/stink%2Bpipe%2B1927.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q-HPOmtosdU/Wycxef_CQyI/AAAAAAAABtU/LhW8w7K8eUwNMxpKDyDY0Yzwlt2k8MmkQCLcBGAs/s400/stink%2Bpipe%2B1927.jpg" width="400" height="226" data-original-width="779" data-original-height="440" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8wwRREipGRc/WycxvqwmOFI/AAAAAAAABtc/iXUKnG7QK48TP6wkQuX2uK0zWFjaXr_HwCLcBGAs/s1600/stink%2Bpipe%2B1928.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8wwRREipGRc/WycxvqwmOFI/AAAAAAAABtc/iXUKnG7QK48TP6wkQuX2uK0zWFjaXr_HwCLcBGAs/s400/stink%2Bpipe%2B1928.jpg" width="283" height="400" data-original-width="354" data-original-height="500" /></a></div>I'm certain that with the right amount of time and patience one could be found in a period photograph, but that would require quite a bit of work. One would have to overlay a map of the known stink pipe locations on a map of Victorian London to find out if any streets or roads have changed names. Then they would have to find pictures of those areas and try and locate them in those pictures. It would be a massive undertaking, but it could be done.<br />Now, I am the kind of guy that would be interested in doing that, but it would take an enormous amount of time, and it wouldn't add anything to my purposes here. So, for now a picture will just have to remain elusive. We'll simply have to accept that it's something Holmes and Watson would have encountered, but that neither had the good graces to mention.<br />Anyway, those are stink pipes. Fascinating little bits of Victorian history that were designed to be invisible, and yet played such an important role. If interested, there is actually quite a bit of information about them online, or you can go to London and take a look at some of them youself. (I will if I ever go over there.)<br /><br />Now, on to other business...<br /><br />I love doing this blog, but I have found that I just don't post enough on here. So, I'm going to step it up. I'll still bring subjects like this one to you every month, but I'm also going to talk about other smaller ideas, thoughts, and discoveries, too. Doing it once a month takes some doing, but I just don't feel like I'm using it to its fullest potential. There are those of you on here who are not on Facebook, and I want to make sure I reach as many people as I can. <br />I don't actually promote this blog with the exception of the occasional book blurb or handing out Historical Sherlock cards, but someday I'd like to be able to talk about shirts or bookmarks or pamphlets or maybe even a 100-foot banner pulled behind an airplane at Sherlockian gatherings. You know...little things. So, I'm stepping up the game a bit.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mh8LEyXOKfI/WyfWeoi6X3I/AAAAAAAABuY/BR2ineM3OJggmwl4U86kuEBM8y2tAViLwCLcBGAs/s1600/HS%2Bplane.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mh8LEyXOKfI/WyfWeoi6X3I/AAAAAAAABuY/BR2ineM3OJggmwl4U86kuEBM8y2tAViLwCLcBGAs/s640/HS%2Bplane.png" width="640" height="307" data-original-width="960" data-original-height="460" /></a></div>After the last conference I attended it became clear to me that I want to do so much more with this. I have no interest in being recognized for it by any club or organization, I just want to be a go-to person for those with questions and ideas. To help keep the hobby strong and alive. So, I'm going to start making plans about how to make this better.<br />I'll see you next month. And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-30474956814717930612018-05-28T19:40:00.000-07:002018-05-28T19:40:46.570-07:00Keep It Simple, SherlockAs you well know, the purpose of Historical Sherlock is to give you glimpses of the world in which Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, and all of the other canonical folk lived. I always try and tie chronology into it somehow, but at times I am just talking about the Victorian world as they would have seen it. If I can fit Holmes and /or Watson and/or any of the person from The Canon into the picture, I do. I have a lot of fun doing it, and love even more the research that goes into it. I'm constantly finding something about their time that I never knew.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p90cxeLTiAI/WwcHe3MjAGI/AAAAAAAABqM/gEE6eC7MB3MGFgi-belkvjTAxsneLt6LgCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p90cxeLTiAI/WwcHe3MjAGI/AAAAAAAABqM/gEE6eC7MB3MGFgi-belkvjTAxsneLt6LgCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>Along those lines...I was talking to a Sherlockian colleague of mine recently and he asked why I didn't go deeper with what they would have experienced. After discussing it further, what he meant was that I don't often go into anything like religion or politics or living standards or socio-economic troubles on this blog. And, he was right. I don't. I could, but I choose not to. So, I thought I'd use this month's blog to explain why.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7HBT_Nu9W5c/WwcQQZ2g6RI/AAAAAAAABq4/vN8gHjPVkJw4c8OWVzyzL-Zo0eU30zvmACLcBGAs/s1600/0393336247.01.LZ_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7HBT_Nu9W5c/WwcQQZ2g6RI/AAAAAAAABq4/vN8gHjPVkJw4c8OWVzyzL-Zo0eU30zvmACLcBGAs/s400/0393336247.01.LZ_.jpg" width="259" height="400" data-original-width="324" data-original-height="500" /></a></div>In my library here I have bookcases that are devoted to books that examine every aspect of Victorian society that I can find. There are ones that deal with social transformation, industrialization, average daily life, war and its effects, political scandals, governmental reform, medicine and disease, sexual liberation, education, poverty...you name it. I haven't read all of them, but I have perused every one. Sometimes I find something interesting, but oft times I don't. And I don't because most of these books do exactly what I prefer not to here - try and explain everything that was right or wrong in Victorian London by looking boringly deep into causes.<br />I like simple. I have a firm, pragmatic, realistic belief that everything can be broken down to a simplicity we don't often allow ourselves to enjoy. There's a quote (often misattributed and likely wrongly stated) that says, "If you can't explain it to a six-year old, you don't understand it yourself." I like that. I like just staying at the top layer of a finding and reporting it without having to try and place its cause and effect. If we were all honest about it, we would admit that we skip of sections of books that just seem to drone on and on. Our eyes are more naturally drawn to figures and names. I get bored trying to figure out what some page-long piece of text is trying to tell me using words that I sometimes have to look up. I want something more basic. Something easy to understand (for me and my readers). If someone wants to have a blog where they do get into those things, more power to them. I don't think they would get as many readers because people don't want to read uninteresting material.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p1uY17ot1pc/WwcLXojiZJI/AAAAAAAABqk/OcmsgKxYfqAOCPoYIIGiesgm7T2yy-o1wCLcBGAs/s1600/bored-reading.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-p1uY17ot1pc/WwcLXojiZJI/AAAAAAAABqk/OcmsgKxYfqAOCPoYIIGiesgm7T2yy-o1wCLcBGAs/s400/bored-reading.jpg" width="400" height="266" data-original-width="1000" data-original-height="664" /></a></div>Please don't misunderstand me: I'm not saying my loyal followers are simpletons. I'm merely stating that I believe people prefer something that gets to the point quickly and doesn't bog them down with a lot of mindnumbing double-talk. (I know I don't.) So, I keep it light. However, there is a place for the other.<br />Recently I was on a podcast called 'I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere' on which I was interviewed about chronology. (Link at the bottom.) One of the things we discussed was the possibility of a "group think" type of thing to get to the absolute bottom of the chronological barrel. Getting many minds together and coming at it from lots of different angles would finally decide if a timeline can be established for The Canon. If (when?) this happens it will be necessary to take a harder look at all aspects of life around 221b and add it into the problems and solutions so that we could say that a date is or isn't possible for a given case. It couldn't be simple. It would have to get more in depth, but possibly even sluggish on occasion.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CKd6eLdxs5E/Wwd6TCqbSrI/AAAAAAAABrU/vFVgCYus608DNj-80imvE_PLf_HMPgxqACLcBGAs/s1600/9LnCBwGt.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CKd6eLdxs5E/Wwd6TCqbSrI/AAAAAAAABrU/vFVgCYus608DNj-80imvE_PLf_HMPgxqACLcBGAs/s400/9LnCBwGt.jpeg" width="400" height="400" data-original-width="1171" data-original-height="1171" /></a></div>There are a number of people I would call on for this "brain trust" project, each with their own clever ways of looking at things. It would be fascinating to see how they all solve the same problem(s). The number of paths we would have to go down for that ever-elusive answer might get dull at times, so I might struggle to stay attentive. This would be about the only thing I can think of that would cause me to get more in depth with what I do here.<br />I think Holmes probably would've thought this way, too. Quick, simple, and to the point seems like his style. Even when he has to sit for hours contemplating something he still manages to break it down into smaller pieces and then give a solution that is all too readily followed by everyone. That's attractive to me. (Drove Watson nuts.) It's a large part of what makes him the most famous detective of all time - logical solutions to complex problems. He also strikes me as a charts, graphs, and bullet points guy. Like me. Lists of things are right up my alley. They don't mess around with tedium, and get right to the point. You'll hear me discuss this on the podcast concerning a possible future book.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VFvOsxYcF70/WweAhPUJByI/AAAAAAAABro/caE1CEtmvSE_F-LLew1J6ViRVmsLBHS9QCLcBGAs/s1600/Write-a-book.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VFvOsxYcF70/WweAhPUJByI/AAAAAAAABro/caE1CEtmvSE_F-LLew1J6ViRVmsLBHS9QCLcBGAs/s400/Write-a-book.jpg" width="361" height="400" data-original-width="644" data-original-height="714" /></a></div>In essence, I'm sticking with simple. I will still do the research on a subject, and wade through all of the bits that just bog it down, but I won't cheat you on facts. I was recently reading an article about Victorian homeless children. I was able to put something about it on Facebook in a pared-down form like always, but went back to read more about the subject. Now, when it comes to children, especially homeless children, it gets really deep into the whens, whys, whos, etc. I was directed to read other pieces about it and was mired in religious aspects, work laws, family dynamics, poverty numbers, classes of people and their places in that society, and more. It was fascinating, but much too heavy for a simple Facebook Page and a monthly blog. Subjects like that would take so much more room to try and justify or solve. This isn't the place for that. I'll talk about it, but just that top layer I mentioned. (You know, the icing. The good stuff.)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N0Qfnv2YF2E/WweGtyicFkI/AAAAAAAABr8/DZqX31hIjQgnRxMHHV4Wf9K7PU9n1FVKQCLcBGAs/s1600/icing.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N0Qfnv2YF2E/WweGtyicFkI/AAAAAAAABr8/DZqX31hIjQgnRxMHHV4Wf9K7PU9n1FVKQCLcBGAs/s400/icing.jpg" width="400" height="400" data-original-width="450" data-original-height="450" /></a></div>That's where I stand. This is not a history lesson, nor college course. It's just for fun. I do a lot of reading and searching for material, but wouldn't if I didn't enjoy it. Perhaps in time I will have an outlet of some kind that will get deeper into the things I talked about above, but for now I just want to keep it moving along at a quicker pace. I would happily welcome ideas for future blog or Facebook posts, but will do my best to shave off the unwanted bits.<br />As promised, I'll put the link to the my recent podcast interview at the bottom here. (You'll have to copy and paste it. I can't seem to get the link button to work on here. Or, just go to the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere site and look for Episode 144: The Chronologies of Sherlock Holmes.)<br /><b>http://www.ihearofsherlock.com/2018/05/episode-144-chronologies-of-sherlock.html#.Wwd-hEgvzIU</b><br />Next month we'll get back to a chronological-type post. See you then.<br />And as always...thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5439920187565363094.post-18046193695880390592018-04-27T08:34:00.002-07:002018-04-27T08:34:36.756-07:00It's Not About Holmes...But It isIt just isn't possible for me to explain to you how much research I do for this little project of mine. It is something I do every chance I get. If I could figure out how to make a living from it, I'd never stop smiling. There are newspapers to be read, films to be watched, journals to be perused, and lots of other places to look to attempt to find a small nugget of info I can use here. It's a lot like mining, I suppose. I get a small amout of the good stuff while discarding large amounts of unusable product. And sometimes it can take a while for an answer to something I've been chasing to arrive.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YnyjqX59yIE/WuFZH7uOjzI/AAAAAAAABoU/5XUUpp6Rq4ESjybe3En303OdEt3ZdY3NgCLcBGAs/s1600/hs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YnyjqX59yIE/WuFZH7uOjzI/AAAAAAAABoU/5XUUpp6Rq4ESjybe3En303OdEt3ZdY3NgCLcBGAs/s400/hs.jpg" width="400" height="147" data-original-width="572" data-original-height="210" /></a></div>In my files I have hundreds and hundreds of papers I've started, notes I've jotted down, photographs I've come across, and many, many other little tidbits that have cought my eye over the years. One of them that I happened upon again recently was the following:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iiA34TnSK0A/WuFZoITQD3I/AAAAAAAABoc/70cKgzWg9-EL3ae-2ZKVTYxEvbDI76GBgCLcBGAs/s1600/ad%2Broll.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iiA34TnSK0A/WuFZoITQD3I/AAAAAAAABoc/70cKgzWg9-EL3ae-2ZKVTYxEvbDI76GBgCLcBGAs/s400/ad%2Broll.png" width="400" height="271" data-original-width="575" data-original-height="390" /></a></div>I had done some work on this before, but without success. It was filed away for a proverbial rainy day like so many others, but somehow it resurfaced and the hunt was on again. (Not that I have the time to chase such follies, but if I have a few minutes to look into something, I'll do it. I just love it so much.) The problem was I didn't know what to call those two things. It came from a film clip of turn-of-the-century England, and after watching a lot more of those kinds of film I didn't see any more, leaving me high and dry. Thus, I had to get creative and do what I always do - go in blind and hope for the best. I tried as many different terms as I could to figure out what they were called. Once I knew that I could go further. <br />I tried all of the oness I could (re)think of, but nothing seemed to work. So, I started looking into publications about advertising. I found numerous references to rolling ads and wheeled billboards, but was never completely certain they were talking about what I was seeking. And then it happened. Page 24 of a book I found on Google Books gave me what I was looking for.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-23ue3LbpLDs/WuHoy-Ts36I/AAAAAAAABo8/_p4AmPk3IvsOFb0CPtwZa7fp7xsJr_dsACLcBGAs/s1600/printer%2527s%2Bink.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-23ue3LbpLDs/WuHoy-Ts36I/AAAAAAAABo8/_p4AmPk3IvsOFb0CPtwZa7fp7xsJr_dsACLcBGAs/s640/printer%2527s%2Bink.png" width="640" height="152" data-original-width="641" data-original-height="152" /></a></div>The picture here isn't an exact match to what is on the film, but so far it is the only thing I've found that looks like it in any way, and it is obviously the same thing, just in different form.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dhsmAScns8g/WuHpXbCpAYI/AAAAAAAABpE/XYojLQ2vZREzgrdsWxvDZYA2AUs0vz9vQCLcBGAs/s1600/advertising%2Bcart.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dhsmAScns8g/WuHpXbCpAYI/AAAAAAAABpE/XYojLQ2vZREzgrdsWxvDZYA2AUs0vz9vQCLcBGAs/s400/advertising%2Bcart.png" width="330" height="400" data-original-width="301" data-original-height="365" /></a></div>Knowing what to call it gave me my jumping off point, so I began looking for more references to this Parisian advertising cart. However, when you Google the term, this is the only reference that comes up. So, another dead end. And just using "advertising cart" was too general. But, at least I had something. I headed over to the British Newspapers Archive to see what I could find. Lots of results came up, and I began sorting through them until I found one that seemed like it was talking about the same type of cart. I found some that talked about variations of it, but the first one that caught my eye and appeared to be what I <i>was</i> looking for was this:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zAOCXW0Dml8/WuHv3BnGJ2I/AAAAAAAABpc/r27pKwoRnMkcAF8pgne72jTbohkRSzQ2wCLcBGAs/s1600/ad%2Bfor%2Bcart%2Bpusher.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zAOCXW0Dml8/WuHv3BnGJ2I/AAAAAAAABpc/r27pKwoRnMkcAF8pgne72jTbohkRSzQ2wCLcBGAs/s400/ad%2Bfor%2Bcart%2Bpusher.png" width="400" height="256" data-original-width="602" data-original-height="385" /></a></div>The ad appeared in the <i>Sheffield Evening Telegraph</i> of Thursday, September 20, 1906. (I'm not going to attempt to do anything with the Watson's part of the ad, it was just another of those happy little finds that come with what I do here.) I rummaged through more papers and found even more examples of this same thing, and I was satisfied I had exhausted this topic. I retired for the evening with an eased mind. But, as I lay there it occurred to me that this had nothing to do with Holmes. I would have to try and fix that.<br />After much thought the following day, I finally realized that there was no way I could tie this to Holmes. Sure, I could say that maybe one of the published cases was being promoted on one of them, or that the latest screen version of The Master was appearing in a play, or something like that, but that was cheating. Basically, this has nothing to do with Holmes. These items aren't mentioned in The Canon, and they have seem to have no place in the Sherlockian world at all.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HM0oWUpWvG0/WuKz8KKtjBI/AAAAAAAABp0/WpI7BnBHfzczosw0I40o6svQ1uPJWQIdACLcBGAs/s1600/nothing.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HM0oWUpWvG0/WuKz8KKtjBI/AAAAAAAABp0/WpI7BnBHfzczosw0I40o6svQ1uPJWQIdACLcBGAs/s400/nothing.png" width="400" height="172" data-original-width="500" data-original-height="215" /></a></div>It all comes down to showing you the research that went into all of this. I'll have to be satisfied with that. I will say that Holmes must've seen these things at one time or another. London, after all, was a melting pot of people, and an ever-growing industrial city. Holmes was a man who got out a lot and observed everything. These fall under that, as do many other forgotten items that would have been so commonplace as to be nearly invisble.<br />I'll do more posts like this because I have so many things I chase just to see if they will have any bearing on my ultimate goal. Here's a partial list:<br /><b>Stinkpipes<br />Ghost Trains<br />Pneumatic Railways<br />Police Uniform Changes<br />Knifeboards<br />Forgotten Societies<br />Electric Cabs</b><br />Remember that these may or may not turn out to have anything to do with Holmes, but they (and all the others I'm chasing) have to do with his world, and what he would have experienced in his daily life. This post is just such a thing. It's something Holmes and/or Watson had to have seen. Shoot, maybe they even saw one advertising William Gillette paying homage to Holmes on stage. Who knows. Anything and everything is possible.<br />I'll see you next month with something new, but not necessarily one of the items mentioned above. And, as always, thanks for reading.Historical Sherlockhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14506469961989574530noreply@blogger.com0