There are no regular meetings or special events planned for the month of July, however, a very significant event took place in July (one of the summers between 1872 and 1876)
It was a case “The Gloria Scott” which took place during the long vacation when Sherlock Holmes was at college. Later, Holmes was to tell Watson: “…it was the first in which I was ever engaged.”
Having been invited to the home of his friend, Victor Trevor, Holmes had the opportunity to display his powers of observation and deduction. This had impressed old Mr. Trevor so much, the old man fainted. Afterwords, he told Holmes: “…it seems to me that all the detectives of fact and of fancy would be children in your hands. That’s your line in life, sir…”
Sherlock Holmes, many years later, told Watson: “And that recommendation…was the first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby.”
What does your July hold in store for you? Come tell us at our annual barbecue and croquet on Saturday, August 14th, on the borders of Surrey. More details will follow.
Published by Fran Martin
Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
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