“The Crooked Man”
Unfortunate Colonel Barclay
Lay dead upon the floor.
Providence had killed him –
Bad conscience – nothing more!
Decades back in India,
Surrounded and left dry,
He’d sent a man to certain death
And did not bat an eye!
He took the ‘belle of Bhurtee’
And moved up in the ranks.
Ambition knew no boundaries.
To Wood he owed much thanks.
Although ’twas Wood, all stooped and bent,
Imagine, if you can,
Vindictive Colonel Barclay
Who was the ‘crooked man’!
What were the events that led up to Henry Wood’s deformity?
Why did Mrs. Barclay accuse her husband of being a coward?
Why did Mrs. Barclay refer to her husband as ‘David’ although his name was James?
What was the importance of the missing key?
Who was Teddy?
Many more questions will be answered at the next meeting of The Stormy Petrels of BC as we discuss “The Crooked Man”
When: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7:00 PM
Where: Hampton Place
For more info, please contact Fran
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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