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CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER CLIENT: BRIGADIER GERARD PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED how literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle latched onto hussard ancien Brigadier Etienne Gerard, who shared plonk-encouraged adventures of Napoleonic times. Today in Part 2, at Emperor Napoleon’s … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 3 Comments

CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER CLIENT: BRIGADIER GERARD PART 1

AS IS WELL documented, the world’s first and greatest consulting detective experienced a Great Hiatus extending from Monday, May 4, 1891, to Thursday, April 5, 1894. Have you ever wondered … Continue reading

April 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHRONICLER WATSON PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN an analysis of Dr. John H. Watson’s chronicling of the world’s greatest consulting detective. Today in Part 2, we discuss penmanship, obfuscation, a downright goof, and the … Continue reading

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHRONICLER WATSON PART 1

THE WORLD’S GREATEST consulting detective had, appropriately, one of the world’s greatest chroniclers. Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, are tidbits about chronicler Dr. John H. Watson … Continue reading

April 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

INVISIBLE MEN, SEEN AND UNSEEN

I’VE RECENTLY ENCOUNTERED invisible men; I’ve even seen one of them. A photo, actually. One encounter was in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian TV series that Wife Dottie … Continue reading

February 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

ALPHONSE BERTILLON’S ANTHROPOMETRY PART 2

WAS FRENCH Criminologist Alphonse Bertillon really superior to Sherlock Holmes? Today in Part 2, French criminologist Bertillon gets involved with one of the world’s major miscarriages of justice. Retrospectively, on … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

ALPHONSE BERTILLON’S ANTHROPOMETRY PART 1

IN THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, James Mortimer, Medical Officer for Grimpen, Thorsley, and High Barrow, irks the world’s first consulting detective by recognizing him as “the second highest expert … Continue reading

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments