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From Watson’s Tin Box: The Hound of the Baskervilles

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Hound of the Baskervilles

“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.”

The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

I looked over his shoulder at the yellow paper and the faded script. At the head was written: 'Baskerville Hall', and below, in large, scrawling figures: '1742'. - WTB HOUND Evidence Box
I looked over his shoulder at the yellow paper and the faded script. At the head was written: ‘Baskerville Hall’, and below, in large, scrawling figures: ‘1742’. – WTB HOUND 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 The Hound of the Baskervilles, 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!

'You are an enthusiast in your line of thought, I perceive, Sir, as I am in mine,' said he. 'I observe from your forefinger that you make your own cigarettes. Have no hesitation in lighting one.' The man drew out paper and tobacco and twirled the one up in the other with surprising dexterity. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
‘You are an enthusiast in your line of thought, I perceive, Sir, as I am in mine,’ said he. ‘I observe from your forefinger that you make your own cigarettes. Have no hesitation in lighting one.’ The man drew out paper and tobacco and twirled the one up in the other with surprising dexterity. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
Author of "Some Freaks of Atavism" (Lancet, 1882) ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
Author of “Some Freaks of Atavism” (Lancet, 1882) ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box

VaticanCameo     Vatican Letter

I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box

... we had a line of inexplicable incidents all within the limits of two days, which included the receipt of the printed letter, the black-bearded spy in the hansom, the loss of the new brown boot, the loss of the old black boot, and now the return of the new brown boot. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
… we had a line of inexplicable incidents all within the limits of two days, which included the receipt of the printed letter, the black-bearded spy in the hansom, the loss of the new brown boot, the loss of the old black boot, and now the return of the new brown boot. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
It contained a loaf of bread, a tinned tongue, and two tins of preserved peaches. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
It contained a loaf of bread, a tinned tongue, and two tins of preserved peaches. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
An ordinary schemer would have been content to work with a savage hound. The use of artificial means to make the creature diabolical was a flash of genius upon his part. The dog he bought in London from Ross and Mangles the dealers in Fulham Road. It was the strongest and most savage in their possession. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
An ordinary schemer would have been content to work with a savage hound. The use of artificial means to make the creature diabolical was a flash of genius upon his part. The dog he bought in London from Ross and Mangles the dealers in Fulham Road. It was the strongest and most savage in their possession. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
They lodged, I find, at the Mexborough Private Hotel, in Craven Street, which was actually one of those called upon by my agent in search of evidence. Here he kept his wife imprisoned in her room while he, disguised in a beard, followed Dr Mortimer to Baker Street, and afterwards to the station and to the Northumberland Hotel. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
They lodged, I find, at the Mexborough Private Hotel, in Craven Street, which was actually one of those called upon by my agent in search of evidence. Here he kept his wife imprisoned in her room while he, disguised in a beard, followed Dr Mortimer to Baker Street, and afterwards to the station and to the Northumberland Hotel. ~ WTB HOUN Evidence Box
Have you heard the De Reszkes? ~ WTB HOUN 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.

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