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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

HOLMES HUMOR

THOUGH SHERLOCK HOLMES himself seems to depreciate humor, the chronicles of Doctor John H. Watson appear to suggest otherwise. Here are citations from the Canon on “Does Holmes have a … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE NAPOLEON DUPORT CAPER PART 2

WHEN LAST we encountered the cello of Jean-Louis Duport, indeed only yesterday, it had been manhandled by the overly enthusiastic as well as musically inept Napoleon Bonaparte. Today, the caper … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE NAPOLEON DUPORT CAPER PART 1

IT WAS 1812, destined to be the year about which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky would later compose an Overture. You know the one, with cannons and bells, celebrating Russia’s defense against … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE PONTIFF PART 2

WHAT WITH the Vatican’s trove of second-century cameos not exactly qualifying as religious art, Pope Leo XIII was in a fine pickle. Fortunately, Sherlock Holmes had a reputation that extended … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND THE PONTIFF PART 1

“I WAS EXCEEDINGLY preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos,” Sherlock Holmes said, “and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE BRASHER DOUBLOON CAPER

EPHRAIM BRASHER, prominent colonial silversmith, lived in the fashionable Cherry Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. George Washington lived next door. It was 1787. That year, Brasher and John Bailey, a fellow … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES, DEDUCTION, THE KLAN, AND A LESS THAN PERFECT RESOLUTION

AN EXAMPLE of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive skills lies in his encounter with the Ku Klux Klan described in Dr. John H. Watson’s chronicle of “The Five Orange Pips.” This adventure … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · Leave a comment