European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jul 6 1968, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - July 6, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseIs alive and living in London by Bob Hoseit is . Bureau chief May snort we derision sophisticates May smite with condescension but if would a criminal to conceal the truth Sherlock Holmes lives. A tin the minds of wow jaw of people across the Globe the Spreat and Good detective with the sunken eyes arid the ubiquitous pipe is Sutt applying his amazing mental and physical prowess to the solution of crime. Like Santa cited he Baa become legend and time merely 9&to� to embellish the detail knowing that any met spot to Bur Holmes would enlarge we myth the Abbey National building society custodian of the detective s old address at 221b Baker Street London answers Al inquiries with form letters and photo graphs of a 1951 exhibition. Held during the festival of Britain the exhibit was a Samui ankh of Holmes sitting room. Guidelines were provided by the generous descriptive detail in the works of Holmes creator sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In charge of All inquiries about Holmes is Ursula Jeffries a society advertising assistant who claims Man younger readers actually believe a the existence of the detective. Very few of these. Inquiries Are miss Jeffries said. The most familiar introduction goes something like 1 know you Aren t the rebut. We even get a lot of thank you notes to our one writer sent tobacco ashes to thedaker Street address for analysis Holmes often used this method to track criminals. Another asked Holmes help in apprehending the villain who poisoned his pet jilted Tover wanted to know if the detective could keep an Eye on his Girlfriend. Letters have come from Hong Kong Russia the Middle East Czechoslovakia Rumania Africa and the . As admirer and chronicler for the super Sleuth. Conan Doyle died in 1930, but Holmes lives on even though his chronological age now is 113. His image has become part of the world s Perma nent literary legacy. He lives in 60 Conan Doyle Narra Tives a Short stories and four novels in four biographies and in the dozens of clubs that have been established in his , As a prototype of the Brilliant logician and analyst Conan Doyle created in Holmes a Good Deal that has become Standard in detective an age of violence and disorder the picture of the Man in the reflectively puffing on his Long Gourd pipe seems to have a stabilizing influence. As one writer put it Sherlock where Are you now that we need you members of the cult no doubt would answer that their hero is capable of sorting out the most intricate crimes of the sixties. R Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Are Best known Holmes and or. Watson. Til be Doyle plaque at 1 1 Picardy place in London Marks Birthplace of Arthur Conan Doyle. Re creation of Holmes living room in London pub named after detective. Of. I need. Interest in Holmes in Amer Ica seems More intense than it Doeskin Britain. For years u mock solemnity has prevailed among american groups paying homage to the detective. The bake Street irregulars were formed under Christopher Morley and Edgar in new York. Other Holmes groups included the speckled band in Boston the creeping men in Cleveland the six Napoleons of Baltimore and the dancing men of Providence . In 1834 the Sherlock Holmes society was founded in Britain but after several years it was in 1951, following the publicity on the Holmes exhibition a new society was formed and it is this group which carries on the memory of the detective today with a Sherlock Holmes exhibit which attracted 85,000 visitors did much to Garnish the Holmes legend. In the restored sitting room circa 1898, the visitor could see Holmes persian Slipper with tobacco tucked in the toe the chemical analysis Corner with retorts and test tubes the bust of Holmes modelled by Osca Meunier the pipe rack and hanging on he door the top hat and Stethoscope of Watson the Good doctor who served saturday july 6, 1968 the stars and stripes Page

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