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Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Dancing Men

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Dancing Men

“Your cheque-book is locked in my drawer …”

– The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC)

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In this post, we peruse The Adventure of The Dancing Men looking for mention of monetary transactions and numismatic items. As always, the page numbers [seen here in brackets] refer to the relevant pages in The Complete Sherlock Holmes published by Doubleday / Penguin Books.

Cassinga Concessions Ltd. - A South African Security, circa 1902
Cassinga Concessions Ltd. – A South African Security, circa 1902
  • The second paragraph [511] of this month’s adventure starts a conversation between Holmes and Watson about a possible investment into South African securities by the good doctor.

‘So, Watson,’ said he suddenly, ‘you do not propose to invest in South African securities?’

Cox & Co
A blank cheque, circa early 1900’s, from Dr. Watson’s bankers – Cox & Co.
  • During that same discussion [511], Holmes mentions that he has the Doctor’s cheque-book.

“Your cheque-book is locked in my drawer, and you have not asked for the key.”

  • After Abe Slaney is taken into custody and learns that Elsie Cubitt has attempted suicide [525], he tells of how he knew of Elsie and how she fled Chicago.

“Well, Elsie learned some of our ways, but she couldn’t stand the business, and she had a bit of honest money of her own, so she gave us all the slip and got away to London.”

  • Slaney later mentions in his confession that Elsie tried to bribe him to go away [525].

“She came down and brought money with her, trying to bribe me to go.”

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