Euston Station

Drebber and Stangerson intended to catch the Liverpool express from this station.
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Dr John Watson

At this period of my life the good Watson had passed almost beyond my ken. An occasional week-end visit was the most that I ever saw of him. Thus I must act as my own chronicler. Ah! had he but been with me, how much he might have made of so wonderful a happening and of my eventual triumph against every difficulty!

South African War

Shortly after the conclusion of the South African War.
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Dr John Watson

It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures.

Lancet or the British Medical Journal

“Had it been the Lancet or the British Medical Journal it would have helped me.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Lord Roberts

“The prospect of an interview with Lord Roberts would not have excited greater wonder and pleasure in a raw subaltern than was now reflected upon the face of Mr. Kent.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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The Spectator

“It might have been the Spectator.” (James M. Dodd)
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“After a year of sleeping upon the veldt, Mr. Holmes, one is not too particular about one’s quarters.” (James M. Dodd)
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Tuxbury Old Park

Starting on a half-timbered Elizabethan foundation and ending in a Victorian portico.
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Middlesex Corps

“Middlesex Corps, no doubt.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Imperial Yeomanry

“Imperial Yeomanry, I fancy.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Boer War

“I find from my notebook that it was in January, 1903, just after the conclusion of the Boer War, that I had my visit from Mr. James M. Dodd.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Pseudo-leprosy or ichthyosis

“A well-marked case of pseudo-leprosy or ichthyosis, a scalelike affection of the skin, unsightly, obstinate, but possibly curable, and certainly noninfective.” (Sir James Saunders)
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“There remained the third possibility, into which, rare and unlikely as it was, everything seemed to fit. Leprosy is not uncommon in South Africa.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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‘The trap will be at the door at eight.’
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Crimean V.C.

Emsworth the Crimean V. C.
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Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“From South Africa, sir, I perceive.”
“Yes, sir,” he answered, with some surprise.
“Imperial Yeomanry, I fancy.”
“Middlesex Corps, no doubt.”
“That is so. Mr. Holmes, you are a wizard.”
I smiled at his bewildered expression.
“When a gentleman of virile appearance enters my room with such tan upon his face as an English sun could never give, and with his handkerchief in his sleeve instead of in his pocket, it is not difficult to place him. You wear a short beard, which shows that you were not a regular. You have the cut of a riding-man. As to Middlesex, your card has already shown me that you are a stockbroker from Throgmorton Street. What other regiment would you join?” Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

“Perhaps I have rather invited this persecution, since I have often had occasion to point out to him how superficial are his own accounts and to accuse him of pandering to popular taste instead of confining himself rigidly to facts and figures.” Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“A confederate who foresees your conclusions and course of action is always dangerous, but one to whom each development comes as a perpetual surprise, and to whom the future is always a closed book, is indeed an ideal helpmate.” Read More...

Brown leather gloves worn by Ralph the butler

He wore brown leather gloves, which at sight of us he instantly shuffled off, laying them down on the hall-table as we passed in.
it was undoubtedly from them that the curious tarry odour was oozing.

I noticed that Ralph, who carries out the meals, had gloves which are impregnated with disinfectants.

Word written by Sherlock Holmes and handed to Col. Emsworth

“He unfolded the scrap of paper on which I had written the word ‘Leprosy.’” (Sherlock Holmes)

Letter from James M. Dodd to Sherlock Holmes

“Your letter came with that heading, and as you fixed this appointment in very pressing terms it was clear that something sudden and important had occurred.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Letters from Godfrey Emsworth to James M. Dodd

“I got one letter from the hospital at Cape Town and one from Southampton.” (James M. Dodd)

Commission from the Sultan of Turkey

“I also had a commission from the Sultan of Turkey which called for immediate action, as political consequences of the gravest kind might arise from its neglect.” (Sherlock Holmes)

The Case of the Abbey School

“I was clearing up the case which my friend Watson has described as that of the Abbey School, in which the Duke of Greyminster was so deeply involved.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Sir James Saunders

“I was able once to do him a professional service, and he is ready to advise as a friend rather than as a specialist. His name is Sir James Saunders.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Buffelsspruit, outside Pretoria

“You remember that morning fight at Buffelsspruit, outside Pretoria, on the Eastern railway line? It was very broken country, you may remember.” (Godfrey Emsworth)
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Euston Railway Station

As we drove to Euston we picked up a grave and tacitum gentleman of iron-gray aspect, with whom I had made the necessary arrangements.
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Cottage in the grounds of Tuxbury Old Park

Where Godfrey Emsworth and Mr Kent lived.

Cape Town and Southampton

“ I got one letter from the hospital at Cape Town and one from Southampton.” (James M. Dodd)
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Diamond Hill, outside Pretoria

“Then he (Godfrey Emsworth) was hit with a bullet from an elephant gun in the action near Diamond Hill outside-Pretoria.” (James M. Dodd)
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Throgmorton Street, London

“As to Middlesex, your card has already shown me that you are a stockbroker from Throgmorton Street.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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South Africa

Where during the Boer War, James M Dodd and Godfrey Emsworth had become close friends.
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Tuxbury Old Park, Nr. Bedford.
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Tuxbury Old Park, Nr. Bedford

“The house was so large and so rambling that a regiment might be hid away in it and no one the wiser.” (James M, Dodd) Read More...

Medical Superintendent

An elderly man who was clearly in authority been attracted to the room by the hubbub; He said a few stern words in Dutch.


“In front of me was standing a small, dwarf-like man with a huge, bulbous head, who was jabbering excitedly in Dutch, waving two horrible hands which looked to me like brown sponges. Behind him stood a group of people who seemed to be intensely amused by the situation, but a chill came over me as I looked at them. Not one of them was a normal human being. Every one was twisted or swollen or disfigured in some strange way. The laughter of these strange monstrosities was a dreadful thing to hear.” (Godfrey Emsworth) Read More...

Simpson and Anderson

“There was Simpson — the fellow we called Baldy Simpson — and Anderson, and I. We were clearing brother Boer, but he lay low and got the three of us. The other two were killed.” (Godfrey Emsworth)

Sir James Saunders

A grave and tacitum gentleman of iron-gray aspect.

Mr Kent

A small, brisk, bearded man in a black coat and bowler hat. Read More...

Godfrey Emsworth's mother

“The mother I liked also — a gentle little white mouse of a woman.” (James M. Dodd)

Ralph's wife

“....and there was his wife, who might have been older. She had been Godfrey’s nurse, and I had heard him speak of her as second only to his mother in his affections, so I was drawn to her in spite of her queer appearance.” (James M. Dodd)

Old Ralph the butler

Who seemed about the same age as the house. Read More...

Dr John Watson

“The good Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Godfrey Emsworth

He was Colonel Emsworth’s only son.

Colonel Emsworth

The greatest martinet in the Army in his day, and it was a day of rough language, too. Read More...

Mr James M. Dodd

A big, fresh, sunburned, upstanding Briton.

221b Baker Street, London

Home of Sherlock Holmes and at times Dr John Watson.
They (the rooms) consisted of a couple of comfortable bedrooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.
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Dr John Watson

Sherlock Holmes related this story to Dr Watson as one of his earlier adventures before he and Watson shared rooms in Baker Street.

Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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