We are trying something new for the November meeting. Very exciting news!

We are planning an in-person meeting along with Zoom. Those local members who feel comfortable getting together in person are welcome to meet and socialise (with precautions in place) at the lounge in Fran’s building in New Westminster.

The room is quite large and windows can be opened. You must be fully vaccinated and masks must be worn in common areas. Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the room.

Coffee and tea will be available, along with some snacks, and many door prizes. Please let Fran know if you plan on attending in person so she can know how much coffee and cake she should bring.

Shortly, Priory Schoolmaster Sheldon will forward directions to members. Zoom option will still be available for our out-of-town members and friends. A practice hybrid meeting proved successful!

November’s case for discussion: “The Stockbroker’s Clerk”

Published both in The Strand Magazine in the UK and Harper’s Weekly in the US in March 1893.

The plot in this case may sound vaguely familiar. And, as we have learned from other adventures, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Holmes had called upon Dr. Watson to ask him to travel with him to Birmingham, along with a confused clerk, Hall Pycroft, to help solve the mystery of his strange employment.

Note that this is one of eight cases in the canon which features no women.

Hall Pycroft, had a colourful way of talking:

“…I have lost my crib…”; “…I shall feel what a soft Johnny I have been.”; “…other chaps on the same lay as myself…”; :…it was my innings that time…”; “…the screw was a pound a week.”

BONUS QUESTIONS:

  1. Sherlock Holmes deduced that Dr. Watson had not been well. What gave it away?
  2. This case brings to mind a similar adventure. Which one?
  3. Can you name another case which is femaleless?
  4. Who were Mr. Harris and Mr. Price. (extra bonus is you can name their specialties)
  5. What role does the gold tooth play?

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 2nd

Time: 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

f you require additional information, or have any questions, please contact Fran at: franziskah@shaw.ca

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