Since we have nothing as recorded for this date in the source book I use for daily occurrences, I am including another limerick on the Sussex Vampire. This one is from that very talented limerick author and member of our group, Sandy Kozinn (JHWS “Roxie” and ASH “Esmeralda”).
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
There once was a wicked young boy,
Poisoned weapons his favorite toy.
Maimed his dog. For another,
tried to kill his young brother,
off to sea with that vicious young boy!
Chips says: I have a built in hatred of any one who hurts a animal other than for the reason of self-protection or others’ protection. Therefore, young Jacky in this story committed – in my opinion – the ultimate crime and deserves the ultimate punishment: becoming shark food would be too good for him but it would keep him from harming another of God’s creatures again.
Just a thought…
[Capital punishment by shark seems a little bit harsh. He could probably use a good scare, though. -Selena Buttons]
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, premiered on September 1, 1939. It was the second film of 14 starring the duo, but it was the last one to be produced by Fox, and the last one to be set in the Victorian period of the original stories. The film involves a plot by Moriarty to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London (a plotline that got a nod in an episode of a certain BBC television series).
In honor of the occasion, Chips shares a limerick composed by Sandy Kozinn (JHWS “Roxie”, ASH “Esmeralda”):
As the script read, he sometimes played the fool.
Detective’s foils are silly; that’s the rule.
Born in 1895.
Wish he were still alive.
Nigel Bruce on the screen was a jewel.
(Sources:A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn (JHWS “Amber”) and Jaime N Mahoney (JHWS “Tressa”); IMDb.)
Our Maven of Miscellanea, Ron Lies “Chips” of Denver, who sends us wonderful tid-bits he finds in his Watsonian and Sherlockian peregrinations, suggested we offer the Ode written by Sandy Kozinn “Roxie”. Ron writes:
“Buttons, I read this and thought it would be a good piece to put in our blog. I wish you and yours all the best for a blessed and wonderful Christmas and all things great for next year. Please extend all my hopes and wishes for the holiday season to all the members of our Society.”
“There are always new Sherlockians. Some of them may actually have never seen this, a toast I presented to a Blue Carbuncle Dinner meeting of The Three Garridebs some years ago. It’s another take on that old question: What was that stone, anyhow?”
ODE ON THE O.E.D. ON THE CARBUNCLE, or What Was it, Anyhow?
Each year we meet to greet and dine, Perhaps to sip a glass of wine In honor of the carbuncle blue. A carbuncle blue? It can’t be true! As I glanced through the O.E.D. Three definitions popped out at me. A carbuncle stone, it clearly said, Was a precious stone of a fiery red. A carbuncle could be a red facial spot, An infection or a tumor, but both red hot. There’s one thing more that it could be: A small lump of coal, quite black to see. Such coal in a goose would be quite shocking. (It really belongs in Moriarty’s stocking.) But if Mycroft Holmes had sired a child (And I admit that idea is wild) And if Sherlock were sad on the day that he sat For Oscar Meunier — did you get all that? — And Oscar worked in coal, then that statue or trunk’ll Turn out to have been a blue carb uncle. But a statue in black, the size of a bean In the crop of a goose might never be seen. So what was the stone? what color? what kind? There’s only one answer I’m able to find. Since Watson wrote “scintillatingly brilliant blue” Then what must have happened — I leave it to you — Was: He made a mistake! There’s a very good reason, For Watson, like us, was toasting the season.
Today the Society welcomes into Charter Membership four new members. Dr. Bruce Parker is highlighted below. He is joined by three additional Charter Members whose biographies have yet to be received by the boy in buttons. They will be futher highlighted when their personal information arrives and the Chair, Prof. Don Yates, has determined and conferred their Bull Pup monikers. Until then, we welcome: Lynn Walker; Frank Mentzel; and Sandy Kozinn.