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Of Tuppence and Tanners

Our own William "Beau" Meskan recalls his early years in England, where he was first exposed to the complex - and sometimes arcane - British monetary system. While reading the canon, many readers may gloss over references to the amounts mentioned, but fully understanding these can often help illuminate aspects of the adventures that might otherwise go unappreciated.

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See if YOU can calculate the appropriate tip for the typical lunch described in this fascinating article...

Was Holmes a Mason?

In this second submission, Beau Meskan explores English Freemasonry and its appearances in the canon. He then offers a compelling argument for believing that the Master became a Mason during the course of his career. In addition, Beau includes some examples of Masonic aprons with a brief explanation of each.

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Getting Around in London

Liese Sherwood-Fabre's latest article illuminates Victorian transportation: The subtleties of the choice of transportation described in Victorian writings might be lost on the modern reader, but for the nineteenth century English person, and especially for the trained observer such as Sherlock Holmes, they provided a great deal of information about its occupants.

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Even before a person knocked on the door of 221B, their mode of arrival said much about who would soon be ascending the stairs...

Sherlock's Inheritance

A fascinating new article from Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Given his country squire ancestry, Sherlock Holmes would have been all too aware that, with an older brother, he could anticipate little inheritance. As a "second son," he would have to make his own way in the world...

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Unlike the traditional path, however, he created the unique profession of consulting detective.

The 2015 Chicago Silver Blaze is Announced

The Chicago Silver Blaze is the oldest still active Sherlockian horse race in the world. It is named after one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes stories: "Silver Blaze." Silver Blaze is a championship horse and, for many of us, the hero of the story. This year is the 56th running of the race.

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It'll be in the Citation Suite directly overlooking the finish line. Since suite capacity is limited, please sign up as soon as possible!

The End of an Era

August 19th, 2015 was the last day of London's legendary (quite literally) Criterion Restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant had to be placed under administration on June 18th as a result of a rent review outcome declaring a staggering increase of 60% per square ft. This came at a point when the previous payable rent was already higher than numerous other restaurants in Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street.

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It's a real pity that it was levied such a harsh, and in our opinion completely unjust, rental uplift on a 140 year old institutional restaurant, famed for its history and heritage where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envisioned the first meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson....

The 2015 John H Watson Society Canonical Treasure Hunt

The 2015 version of the annual John H Watson Society Canonical Treasure Hunt will begin soon on August 1. In keeping with JHWS tradition, the 2015 Treasure Hunt will be a difficult-100 question quiz designed to challenge your knowledge of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, and their greater world. Are you up to the challenge?

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The goal of the Treasure Hunt is to bring together Watsonians, Sherlockians, and Holmesians on a global, collegial basis to further the scholarship and enjoyment of our mutual interest in all things 1895.

Sherlock's French Connection

Author Liese Sherwood-Fabre recently sent us one of her latest explorations: the Vernet branch of the Holmes family tree. Though Doyle was unspecific about Sherlock's particular ancestry, Sherwood-Fabre uses available facts and sound deduction to produce likely suspects. She also adds additional speculation as to why Vernet may have been so clearly Holmes' forebear.

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Leise Sherwood-Fabre is currently working on her forthcoming Sherlockian novel, "A Botanical Blunder." You can learn more about her and her published works at her website:

Sherlockian book in the works: A Botanical Blunder

Author Liese Sherwood-Fabre recently contacted us with news about her upcoming book on Sherlock Homes called A Botanical Blunder. Her research during the course of writing the manuscript rendered some interesting information which she is kind enough to share with us. Her initial findings concern the status of typical 19th-century English squires, a background which produced the master detective.

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Leise Sherwood-Fabre earned her PhD at Indiana University and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. You can learn more about her and her published works at her website:

Cri Bar Celebrates Sherlock's 161st Birthday

The Criterion Bar Association's January meeting celebrated The Master's birthday with an informative presentation on the Battle of Maiwand during the Second Afghan War, presented by our own president Dr. Franklin Saksena. Afterwards, members and guests enjoyed an impressively decorated birthday cake in honor of the birthday boy.

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With the help of his on-going longevity research into royal jelly, we look forward to celebrating Sherlock Holmes' 162nd birthday next year. Please make plans to join us, and be sure to check the Meetings page for info on our gatherings in March and May.

Diane Madsen in Harbor Life

The October ARTS issue of Harbor Life magazine casts a spotlight on author and former Cri Bar attendee Diane Madsen and her new book, The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper. In addition to learning a little more about Diane, it also details her life-changing fascination with Charles II as well as her other books.

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DIane and her husband Tom remain good friends of our own past president Augie Alesky, and now reside in Florida. They are currently members of the Pleasant Places of Florida BSI scion.

A Month of Sherlock

The Wheaton Public Library is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles for its 2nd annual Wheaton Reads event. Throughout the month of October, we will be having Sherlock-themed programs, movies, book discussions, etc. The kick-off program, Sherlock Holmes: Underneath the Magnifying Glass, is a lecture about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lead by mystery author Linda Mickey.

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These programs are all free and open to the public, not just Wheaton residents or cardholders. Anyone can register at or by calling (630) 868-7520.

An Eyewitness Account to the Free Sherlock Appeal

Our own Brenda Rossini was present at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to witness the Conan Doyle Estate's effort to reverse the decision in the Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. case. Click on the following links to read her fascinating report on the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website."

Click here for Brenda's account.

Click here for the Court's official opinion.

And be sure to watch this page for information on the airing of Brenda's cable TV interview on the Klinger v. estate of ACD copyright story and case in late July. She will be joined by fellow Sherlockians Gilda Lesser and Ron Levitsky -- you won't want to miss it!

From Gillette to Brett IV, Sept. 12-14, 2014

The annual event will feature rare Sherlockian films, vendors, and an all-star roster of distinguished speakers, events, vendors, and banquets. Devoted to Sherlock Holmes on stage, screen, television, and radio, The conference will be held on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington and include exclusive 75th Anniversary screenings of Basil Rathbone's The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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The Game's Afoot at the Drury Lane, Aug 28 - Oct 19, 2014

A witty and suspenseful whodunit filled with murderous pandemonium. It is Dec. 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the isolated mansion turns dangerous. Gillette assumes the persona of his beloved Sherlock Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim.

A group of Sherlockians is planning to dine and attend on Sat. Aug. 30 -- interested parties should consider joining both the CriBar and our group and come on along!

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Don't Miss the Latest Sherlockian-Related Book Reviews

They include:
The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes: the Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell, compiled by Glenn Schatell;
The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper, by Diane Gilbert Madsen;
Traces Remain, by Charles Nicholl;
The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz;
The Secret Life of Houdini, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman;
Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, by David Stuart Davies.

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