“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot.”
So begins our next story for discussion at the Stormy Petrels May meeting: “The Abbey Grange”
One imagines Holmes smoking his cherrywood pipe* as he comments on Watson’ s writing style, prompting Watson the remark (bitterly) to Holmes: “Why do you not write them yourself?
*we are told that he smokes this type of pipe when his is in a “disputatious mood” (Copper Beeches). In this adventure, Holmes and Watson also happen to be discussing the same subject of Watson’s writing style.
In this case, we hear from Scotland Yard’s Stanley Hopkins, that one of the richest men in Kent, Sir Eustace Brackenstall, is dead. His beautiful wife, formerly Miss Mary Fraser of Adelaide, South Australia, has given her evidence as to what happened. The marriage had not been a happy one, as everyone seemed to be aware.
We see Holmes examining ropes, cords, wine glasses, and the cork of a dusty bottle.
Thinking over all the evidence and the eye-witness account of the Lady and her maid, why did Holmes suddenly exclaim: “It’s wrong – it’s all wrong – I’ll swear it’s wrong.”
Join the Stormy Petrels as they delve into this story on Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm at the usual Hampton Place at UBC.
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Bonus question for those attending the meeting:
What was the name of the ship on which Mary Fraser met Jack Croker?
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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