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Punch Magazine, London, January 1895: caption below

Child seen AND heard from makes a point:

Mamma: “Today’s our wedding anniversary, Tommy. You should stand up and drink our healths.”

Tommy, rising to the occasion: “Certainly. Father–Mother–and (pointing to himself)–the result!”

Farewell Jane Austen

Punch Magazine, London, 1895 caption below:

A book review under discussion by the author (in hat and veil) and her publisher:

“We think Lips That Have Gone Astray the foulest novel that ever yet defiled the English tongue; and that in absolute filth its Author can give any modern French writer six and beat him hollow!” The Parthenon Press

Author points to review, which has been quoted in publisher’s advertisement for the novel:“And pray, Mr. Shardson, what do you mean by inserting this hideous notice?

Publisher: “You must remember that we have paid you a large price for your book–and brought it out at great expense–and we naturally wish to sell it!”

An Englishman’s home is his castle…..

Punch Magazine 1895 “The Compensating Circumstances” caption below:

Sympathetic Visitor: Poor dear Mr. Smith, how he must suffer with all that sneezing and coughing.”

Mrs. Smith: He does, indeed; but you can’t think how it amuses the baby!”

Coming This Spring from Propertius Press* and Susanne Dutton

Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable

The Game is not afoot. The Better-Every-Day world of 1895 is gone, even hard to recall, as WWI ends. Holmes fills out entry papers at the rundown Le Dieppe Clinic and Sanatorium on the Normandy coast. Confronted by a question as to his “treatment goal,” he hesitates, aware that his real goal far exceeds the capacity of any clinic. Like a tiny explosion unaccountably shifting a far-reaching landscape, the detective’s scribbled response churns desperate action and interlocking mystery into the lives of Holmes’ friends and enemies both.


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