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From Watson’s Tin Box: Lady Frances Carfax

From Watson’s Tin Box: Lady Frances Carfax

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.”

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"How would Lausanne do, my dear Watson - first-class tickets and all expenses paid on a princely scale?" ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“How would Lausanne do, my dear Watson – first-class tickets and all expenses paid on a princely scale?” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few select items from their tin evidence box for Lady Frances Carfax, with us here at The Fourth Garrideb. These evidence boxes were originally created by the late Paul Churchill, BSI, one of the founders of Watson’s Tin Box and contains both genuine artifacts and genuine faux reproductions that he (and others) created. These items create a great deal of discussion at their monthly meetings and we hope it will do the same here. Enjoy!

"She was left with limited means, but with some very remarkable old Spanish jewellery ..." ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“She was left with limited means, but with some very remarkable old Spanish jewellery …” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"Single ladies must live, and their passbooks are compressed diaries. She banks at Silvester's." ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“Single ladies must live, and their passbooks are compressed diaries. She banks at Silvester’s.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
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“To Miss Marie Devine. There is nothing to show where the cheque was drawn. It was cashed at the Credit Lyonnais at Montpellier less than three weeks ago. The sum was fifty pounds.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
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“Thus much I gathered from the manager of Cook’s local office.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
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“He was preparing a map of the Holy Land, with special reference to the Kingdom of the Midianites, upon which he was writing a monograph.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"So to Baden I went, after dispatching to Holmes an account of all my proceedings, and receiving in reply a telegram of half-humorous commendation." ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“So to Baden I went, after dispatching to Holmes an account of all my proceedings, and receiving in reply a telegram of half-humorous commendation.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"To Holmes I wrote showing how rapidly and surely I had got down to the roots of the matter. " ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“To Holmes I wrote showing how rapidly and surely I had got down to the roots of the matter. ” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"When the years had passed and I had made my money at Barberton I thought perhaps I could seek her out and soften her." ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“When the years had passed and I had made my money at Barberton I thought perhaps I could seek her out and soften her.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"On the other hand, he has had a fair price and no questions asked, so if he is in need of ready money he will probably come back to Bevington's. " ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“On the other hand, he has had a fair price and no questions asked, so if he is in need of ready money he will probably come back to Bevington’s. ” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"She walked up the Kennington Road, and I kept behind her. Presently she went into a shop. Mr Holmes, it was an undertaker's." ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“She walked up the Kennington Road, and I kept behind her. Presently she went into a shop. Mr Holmes, it was an undertaker’s.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
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“We ordered her funeral to be carried out by Stirmon and Co., of the Kennington Road, who will bury her at eight o’clock tomorrow morning.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
"There had been difficulties of procedure in regard to the warrant. Some delay was inevitable. The magistrate's signature might not be obtained until next morning." ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box
“There had been difficulties of procedure in regard to the warrant. Some delay was inevitable. The magistrate’s signature might not be obtained until next morning.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box

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“With a united effort we tore off the coffin-lid. As we did so there came from the inside a stupefying and overpowering smell of chloroform. A body lay within, its head all wreathed in cotton-wool, which had been soaked in the narcotic.” ~ WTB LADY Evidence Box

Thanks to the 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, for the scans in this post. Thanks also to Debbie Clark, the 58th Garrideb, the current keeper of the evidence boxes.

WTBWatson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion in Columbia, MD, is one of the most active Sherlockian groups in the Middle Atlantic region, Generally meeting on the last Monday of each month, the meetings feature canonical toasts, good conversations and dining, as well as a discussion of the month’s featured story and an educational presentation. For more information about Watson’s Tin Box, please visit their website HERE.

The Lady Carfax Memorial Walk Medal

The Lady Carfax Memorial Walk Medal

“She walked up the Kennington Road …” – The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax       In the January 1992 edition of Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, he commented: The American Volksmarch Association and three local Sherlockian societies will sponsor a “Lady Carfax Memorial Walk” in Black Forest, Colorado, on July 25 (a special… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – Lady Frances Carfax

Data! Data! Data! – Lady Frances Carfax

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP)   This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

A Check on Lady Frances (1955)

A Check on Lady Frances (1955)

“She banks at Silvester’s.” – The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY) According to the distinguished French criminologist, Alphonse Bertillon, it is impossible for a bird to fly through a cloud without leaving traces. And so, while passing near Montpelier during one of my recent trips through Southern France, I decided to investigate a bird of another color. Not… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: Lady Frances Carfax

The 17 Steps: Lady Frances Carfax

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – Lady Frances Carfax (LADY) THE WATSON INFLUENCE ON HOLMES “The bath!” Holmes corrects Watson, then asks, “Why the relaxing and expensive Turkish rather than the invigorating home-made article?” Sometimes one has to wonder if Holmes is simply posing these questions so he can impress Watson… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

“… aid us in our search.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) Our next HolmeWork assignment is once again the result of a brief paragraph in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the December 1998 edition: A new flier from Carolyn and Joel Senter (Classic Specialties, Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219) <www.sherlock-holmes.com> offers souvenirs (the… Continue Reading

We are Thankful

“We must be thankful for what we’ve got.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Tomorrow, here in the United States, is our Thanksgiving holiday. It is a time to be reflective and offer our thanks for many things. Thank you to our readers and members for joining us and reading our posts here. You are… Continue Reading

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Sherlockian Phone Card

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Sherlockian Phone Card

“… a most interesting character …” – The Adventure of the Speckled Band (SPEC) Brent Spiner would play the role of android Lt. Commander Data in all but one episode of the seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and in four feature films. His character is introduced to the Sherlock Holmes stories in the season 1… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

“… besides being an incomparable actor.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Mention the name of Leonard Nimoy to most people and they will immediately associate him with his character of Spock on Star Trek. I’ll admit that I do as well, although I also recall his appearance as The Great Paris on two seasons of Mission: Impossible.… Continue Reading