Holmes and Watson are back in the rooms at Baker Street chatting at the breakfast table.
They are interrupted by the furious ringing of the bell, a tremendous thumping upon the door followed by a pounding up the stairs and the bursting into the room of “…a wild-eyed and frantic young man, pale, disheveled, and palpitating…”
Who was this man who described himself as “unfortunate”
Our story for discussion is “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” published in The Strand Magazine in November 1903 and in Collier’s in October 1903.
Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 1st at 7:00 pm Hampton Place lounge
Answer the following question at the meeting in order to qualify for the evening’s prize draw:
Q: What was the name of Oldacre’s tailor?
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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