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From Watson’s Tin Box: The Final Problem

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Final Problem

“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)

"As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public Press: that in the Journal de Genève upon May 6th, 1891 ..." ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box
“As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public Press: that in the Journal de Genève upon May 6th, 1891 …” ~ WTB FINA 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 Final Problem. 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!


“… and I received two notes from Holmes, dated from Narbonne and from Nîmes, from which I gathered that his stay in France was likely to be a long one.” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box
“A brougham was waiting with a very massive driver wrapped in a dark cloak, who, the instant that I had stepped in, whipped up the horse and rattled off to Victoria Station.” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box
” spent a few minutes in assisting a venerable Italian priest, who was endeavouring to make a porter understand, in his broken English, that his luggage was to be booked through to Paris. Then, having taken another look round, I returned to my carriage, where I found that the porter, in spite of the ticket, had given me my decrepit Italian friend as a travelling companion.” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box
“He rose, and throwing off the black cassock and hat which had formed his disguise, he packed them away in a hand-bag.” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box
“For a charming week we wandered up the Valley of the Rhône, and then, branching off at Leuk, we made our way over the Gemmi Pass, still deep in snow…” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box

Postcards - Interlaken Postcards - Interlaken public Square Postcards - Interlaken 2Postcards - Meiringen

“… we made our way over the Gemmi Pass, still deep in snow, and so, by way of Interlaken, to Meiringen.” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box

ScamLetterFrom Moriarty
“… we saw a Swiss lad come running along it with a letter in his hand. It bore the mark of the hotel which we had just left, and was addressed to me by the landlord. It appeared that within a very few minutes of our leaving, an English lady had arrived who was in the last stage of consumption.” ~ WTB FINA Evidence Box
“… I found that it came from the silver cigarette-case which he used to carry. As I took it up a small square of paper, upon which it had lain, fluttered down on to the ground. Unfolding it I found that it consisted of three pages torn from his note-book and addressed to me.” ~ WTB FINA 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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