Chips’s Tid Bits

Here you will find a delightful collection of postings by one of the great devotees of Dr Watson: Ron Lies of Denver. “Chips” is one of our most active contributors of important miscellanea and a lifelong Sherlockian and Watsonian.

  • A Legend

    “Chips” sends in this tidbit that originally appeared in the Baker Street Journal vol. 16 no. 2 (June 1966) by Chris Redmond (JHWS “Buster”).

    A LEGEND

    by Chris Redmond

    “The Naval Treaty” illustration by Sidney Paget for The Strand Magazine, October & November 1893.

    Observe the famous profile. See the pipe—

    Traditionally curved, though really straight—

    On which he puffs, as men of every type

    Narrate their strange experience or fate.

    That famous phrase of “Elementary,

    My dear Watson,” was one he never spoke;

    But he is known for it in every

    Discussion of him, each pastiche, each joke.

    Popularly, he crawled across the rug,

    In deerstalker and cape, viewing with care

    Through magnifying glass each thread or bug,

    Each ash or bit of mud, which he found there.

    It’s fiction, or else legend—but forsooth~

    Since we believe it, isn’t it the truth?

  • The Soldier Named Murray
    Royal Horse Artillery and the 66th Foot before the Battle of Maiwand – ‎Richard Caton Woodville, Jr (1856-1927)

    “Chips” sends in this poetic toast by Jody Baker (AKA Insp. Baynes, and who in turn gives thanks to Paul Hartnett (JHWS “Scout”)) to he without whom our dear Dr Watson would have perished before ever meeting Holmes.

    On the Afghan side of a mountain pass
    In the land that’s ruled from Kabul,
    Our assistant regimental surgeon
    Was a kid just fresh out of school.

    He had spent some time at Netley, though;
    And they’d taught him mighty well
    How to patch up battered infantry troops
    Who had fought their way through hell.

    Now the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers
    Were safe back in Candahar,
    And he could’ve stayed back there with them,
    If he’d wanted to sit out the war.

    But he cast his lot with the Berkshires,
    And he joined us in the fight
    As we neared the village of Maiwand,
    Troops deployed both left and right.

    Then those murd’rous stinkin’ Ghazis
    Soon filled the air with lead.
    And when a slug hit the doctor’s leg,
    My Gawd, — how that man bled.

    Since I was the doctor’s orderly
    I was fightin’ by his side;
    And when he fell, I picked him up.
    Lor’ — I thought the man had died.

    So I slung him over my shoulder
    And was headed toward the rear,
    When another slug from a Ghazi gun
    Brought an end to his career.

    It split the spine of his scapula,
    And it pierced his body too.
    I knew he was hit, and I knew it was bad,
    And I thought that he might be through.

    So, I held him even closer
    And kept on running to the back,
    Where I grabbed the Company work-horse
    And strapped the doctor to its pack.

    We dressed the wounds. We stopped the blood.
    And we did what we could do;
    But the man was hurt – he was hurt real bad;
    And he needed surgery, too.

    So we sent him east to Candahar,
    Where he joined with several more
    To form a train, and then move
    North to our base in Pesh’war.

    In the base hospital in Pesh’war
    Where they nursed him back to health,
    They said that our treatment in the field
    Saved the man from certain death.

    Watson has praised me for my courage,
    And for my devotion to the deed,
    And for risks I took in saving the life
    Of the man whose tales we read.

    So pull your chairs up close to the hearth fire,
    When it’s cold and the snows are a-flurry.
    As you talk about Watson and marvel at Holmes,
    Drink a toast to the soldier named Murray.

  • The Oenologic Holmes

    Chips writes: I read this book,  The Oenologic Holmes, by a former member and Chief Surgeon of Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients. (He now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, and he is in a scion group there.)

    It is quite interesting even to a Coca-Cola man like me.

    I recommend you obtain a copy for fascinating reading.

    The author, Steve Robinson, sells copies through his eBay storefront, Wolf Mountain Books. His very appropriate username there is “Vamberry”. You can also find him through FaceBook at Wolf Mountain Books. Some of you may know first-hand what a fascinating man he is to talk to, especially about wine in Sherlock Holmes stories. This book continues that. You will enjoy it.

    Selena says: That book does sound interesting. Looking through the storefront, I have fallen a little bit in love with this 1895 Lupton edition of A Study in Scarlet. That cover! Hmm, the holidays are coming up….

  • Looking at ‘The Lost World’ of the Literary Agent

    Hello Watsonians–

    Our ‘Chips’, Ron Lies, is working at organizing an on-line discussion group; he writes:

    Is there any one interested in joining Rafael and I in a discussion of
    the Great underrated classic THE LOST WORLD by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
    We would be discussing the story just between us, off the John H Watson
    Society site. If so, please contact me and I will fill in the details.
    Thank You,
    Ron in Denver
    ‘Chips’ can be reached via email: relies1 at  msn.com.
    Yours faithfully,
    Margie/ JHWS ‘Mopsy’
  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/ JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick quote quiz 7/30/2018: ‘Say, rather, into the region where we balance probabilities and choose the most likely.’

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, HOUN

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/23/2018:

    ‘”At least,” said I, “it gives us another mystery, and one which is even more interesting than the first.'”

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, MUSG

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/16/2018:

    “I soon found out which was the window of his bed-room, and early next morning I took advantage of some ladders which were lying in the lane behind the hotel, and so made my way into his room in the grey of the dawn.”

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    Answer: Jefferson Hope, STUD

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/9/2018:

    As to his relations with women, they appeared to have been promiscuous but superficial.’

    Who is Watson talking about? Which story?

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    Answer: Eduardo Lucas, SECO

  • On July 3rd…

    (Source: A Day by Day Chronology of Mr. Sherlock Holmes according to Zeisler and Christ, compiled by William S Dorn.)

    Illustration by Sidney Paget for The Strand Magazine (1904)

    July 3, 1895: At 2 a.m., Patrick Cairns killed Peter Carey with a harpoon. [BLAC]

    And there in the middle of it was the man himself, his face twisted like a lost soul in torment, and his great brindled beard stuck upwards in his agony. Right through his broad breast a steel harpoon had been driven, and it had sunk deep into the wood of the wall behind him. He was pinned like a beetle on a card. Of course, he was quite dead, and had been so from the instant that he uttered that last yell of agony.

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/3/2018:

    ‘What do you make of that?’ he asked. The paper was covered with tracings of the footmarks of some small animal. It had five well-marked footpads, an indication of long nails, and the whole print might be nearly as large as a dessert spoon.

    Who is speaking? What is he speaking about? Which story?

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, Teddy the Mongoose, CROO

     

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