McMurdo’s Camp

-S&D in The Case-Book

S&D in ILLU:

In the opening scene, Holmes and Watson had a smoke in the pleasant lassitude of the drying-room of the Turkish bath.

In the initial interview with the client’s representative, Colonel Sir James Damery, Holmes asked “Don’t you smoke? Then you will excuse me if I light my pipe.”

Watson went to see Holmes after the beating, and the bed-ridden Holmes requested of Watson, “Put my pipe on the table — and the tobacco-slipper.”

Holmes and Watson twice dined at Simpson’s in this story, but there is no mention of their taking any drink. A little claret, however, may not have been out of character.

S&D in BLAN:

Holmes’ client, Mr. James M. Dodd, peeked in a window of an outbuilding at Colonel Emsworth’s estate, hoping to find his chum, Godfrey. Opposite him was seated the little man whom he had seen in the morning, smoking a pipe and reading a paper.

There was no drinkin’ in this story, although at the happy ending a little of the universal palliative (brandy) may not  have been out of order.

S&D in MAZA:

It was pleasing to Dr. Watson to find himself once again in the old rooms in Baker St. He noted the coal-scuttle, which contained of old the pipes and tobacco. Holmes stated that the gasogene and cigars were in the old place. He said to Watson, “You have not, I hope, learned to despise my pipe and my lamentable tobacco?”

No smokin’ or drinkin’ in this one, although a little bubbly to celebrate the unexpected appearance of the yellow diamond in Lord Cantlemere’s coat pocket would not have been an inappropriate response.


S&D in 3GAB

Holmes was in a chatty mood one morning, and Watson had just settled into a well-worn low armchair on one side of the fire, when he curled down with his pipe in his mouth upon the opposite chair, and Steve Dixie, the visitor arrived.

No drinkin’ or no other smokin’ in this one.

S&D in THOR:

While initially discussing the case with Watson, Holmes knocked out the ashes of his after-breakfast pipe and slowly refilled it.

During the interview, the Gold King raised his great knotted fist, but Holmes smiled languidly and reached his hand out for his pipe. Then the Gold King departed, and Holmes smoked in imperturbable silence with his dreamy eyes fixed upon the ceiling.

Following Holmes’ demonstration with the pistol, late that evening, Holmes and Watson sat together smoking their pipes in the village inn.

S&D in CREE:

Watson responded to a laconic message from Holmes to come immediately to 221B. When he arrived, he found Holmes huddled up in his armchair with updrawn knees, his pipe in his mouth and his brow furrowed with thought, clearly in the throes of some vexatious problem..

At the Chequers Hotel in Camford, the port was above mediocrity (and the linen above reproach). Following their meeting the Professor, H&W discussed events with a bottle of the famous vintage port on the table between them. The actual vintage year was not mentioned.

S&D in SUSS:

No smokin’, no drinkin’, but maybe a little blood suckin’.


S&D in 3GAR:

Holmes tested the veracity of John Garrideb, and then after he departed, Holmes lit his pipe, and sat for some time with a curious smile upon his face.

S&D in LION:

Drink: Half a tumbler of brandy (the universal palliative) was given to Ian Murcoch after his unfortunate encounter with Cyanea capillata. The raw spirit brought about a wondrous change. Then more and more brandy was poured down his throat, each fresh dose bringing him back to life.

The author who wrote of a jellyfish attack, J.G. Wood, wrote that he gulped down brandy, a whole bottleful, and it seemed to have saved his life after the attack.

Vices: No mention

S&D in VEIL:

The client, a landlady, did not object to tobacco, so Holmes told Watson, it was OK to indulge his filthy habits.  Oddly, Holmes did not himself smoke in this story.

Before setting off to see the veiled lodger, H&W ate some cold partridge, and with it they shared a bottle of Montrachet to renew their energies. Montrachet is a Grand Cru white Burgundy, considered one of the best white wines in the world. (Prices in 2012 run $45.00 U.S. per bottle, and up. Way, way up, for the really good stuff.)

Ronder, one of the great showmen of his day, was a household word. He was the rival of Wombwell, and of Sanger. There was evidence, however, that he took to drink. He was murderous and horrible when he was in his cups.

S&D in RETI:

When Watson returned from his mission, he found Holmes with his gaunt figure stretched in the deep chair and his pipe curling forth slow wreaths of acrid tobacco, while his eyelids drooped over his eyes.

At the client’s house, Watson encountered a lounger who was smoking in the street.

S&D in SHOS:

Listening to the client’s story, SH, sat for some time in silent thought, and lit the oldest and foulest of his pipes.

Prior to the queer business, Lady Beatrice would take her glass, but later it often became a whole bottle of an evening.

At the Green Dragon tavern, H&W had their host in for a glass of his own wine, and held some high converse upon eels and dace in preparation for their “fishing” activities.

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