“The Blanched Soldier”, the second tale of the Casebook, was published in Liberty Magazine (NY) in October 1926 and in The Strand Magazine in November 1926. It’s one of the two cases which Sherlock Holmes, himself, had penned.
Where was Dr. Watson? Holmes mentioned him throughout the story. Do you get the impression that Holmes missed him? I know I do!
What happened to Godfrey Emsworth as he fought in the Boer War and why was his buddy, James Dodd, looking for him? Why did Dodd suspect Colonel Emsworth was hiding something?
What did the butler know? What was the secret in the cottage in the garden?
Here we have one of Holmes’s most memorable quotes: “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Holmes uses the process of elimination. Was there (a) a crime (b) a case of insanity (c) a disease?
The Stormy Petrels will be discussing this case at their next meeting.
When? Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Where? The Chatham, Hampton Place
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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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