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Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Sollen
I'm back again! Very good!

Ask the snake charmer how the body would react to the poison of the snake, specifically if it would cause any unusual signs after death that could be used to prove the individual would be poisoned.
That is a most pertinent question – one, I am sure that Holmes would have asked himself.. if he didn’t know the answer already! I was even considering it myself at the very moment that you asked.
Harra Singh has advised us with some penetrating intelligence. If poison from the cobra were to have been a lethal dose, death would have been prolonged and painful. He is sure that the deceased midget would have made much noise that would have been easily audible around the site. I also glean that the death throes of Maximus would have been such that would cause facial contortions on the fresh corpse, and there were none.


Bye the way I was wondering where you managed to get a decent DSL line? I would thing that the setting would make it a littler hard
You must never underestimate my good friend Sherlock Holmes. Some of his inventions include apparatus that are staggering to behold. Indeed this fangdangelation is so astonishing – it is years ahead of its time. Holmes himself, told me that it will likely not become standard until well into the next century!
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Simon Downham (Beroean)
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14th October 1888

Jane
Watson, have you been feeding Bugsy? If not please check on him, as he could be dying in unexplained circumstances round about now.
I need to talk to you urgently about this!
I will speak to you as soon as I have answered The Professor – Professor Yackle

I think there's another classic in there somewhere... "A midget is found dead in a huge pair of knickers hanging from a washing line. What has happened?"
I’m sure that this would be most amusing under normal circumstances but this is no time to be joking!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Sara

My dear Watson,
It is a most singular case you have here. Please forgive my late arrival; I hope I am not too late to be of some use to the investigation. I have read the case notes but pray your tolerance (and that of my colleagues).
My dear Professor Yackle, thank you for joining us. It is so good to have you here to assist us with such a confounding case.

I have several ideas but will stick to one area for now; the matter of the snake is exceedingly curious and interests me greatly. I myself had a female boa constrictor until last year, my word!
And whilst a boa is not a cobra, behaviourally they are not dissimilar.

I have just typed, "A boa is not a cobra" and this truth has leapt off the page at me - for they are two snakes. Could it be that there are two snakes in the circus, perhaps of differing species, more likely similar? Surely it would be possible for that Singh fellow to have two cobras without anyone being the wiser? If his (known) cobra is in the habit of escaping it would be essential for him to have a stand-in especially in the summer, for how else would he do a snake-charming act with an absent snake?
What a thought! This is some assertion!

What I would like you to do is this: Plan A: Absent Singh from his caravan on some pretext and then have Lestrade's men search it VERY thoroughly. They should wear stout gloves and work slowly and with calm movements. The snake/s will not hear them as they are deaf, but they will feel vibrations. They will not strike unless startled suddenly - and it is difficult to startle a tame snake, since they are unusually placid. Places snakes like to hide are: the lowest place, the warmest place, the place which appears to contain other snakes such as a box of ropes or wires or similar, the place which is too small to contain a snake and the last place you expect them to be.
These detailed instructions that you provided here, are 1st class! We have conducted an extremely thorough search based on your plan but have drawn a blank. We will now implement plan B

If a second snake is not found in the caravan, it could obviously be hidden in a myriad of places elsewhere, so you will have to resort to Plan B: Simply remove the first snake from its basket in the caravan without Singh's knowledge (assuming it has not escaped - if it has, wait a day or so for it to reappear) then tell Singh you wish him to perform a demonstration of his snake charming skills to aid your investigations. If there is indeed a second snake (one he knows about at any rate) he will naturally appear with it and the cat will be out of the bag!
We followed your clear and explicit instructions to the letter, but unfortunately, nothing has emerged. And I was so sure that you were onto something there!


It occurs to me that if Lestrade's men are unwilling to search, plan B could be used straight away. I will leave that up to you, my dear fellow.

I recognise that if the above fails it will not exclude the possibility of a second snake - unknown to Singh - in the camp, but that is a concern for another day, perhaps.
Amazing – I hadn’t considered that! ….I wonder?

I also have a method which might establish which other suspects, besides Mr. Singh, are recognised by the snake/s, but that can wait until later.

Finally, might I ask Jane, at this juncture, whether she knows the height of Bugsy?
Jane – what do you say? It could be that this item on the agenda will become purely academic when I am at liberty to issue you with the very latest!

And whether the knickers she made are designed to contain the midget in the gusset whilst Mary is wearing them? I ask the former for a reason; the latter out of pure curiosity. Well, I never!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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15th October 1888

SPECIAL ANNOUNEMENT

Over the last few days we have been intensifying our enquiries and conducting thorough investigations. During this time I was obedient to the specific instructions from both Sherlock Holmes and Mr Drew Sollenberger. I dusted for fingerprints and we have obtained two sets of fingerprints only. One of these distinctly belongs to Maximus Pratt, the owner of the caravan and the victim of the murderer. The other set – and I can hardly believe my own eyes or come to say it – belong to what I can only describe as a baby!

I really do not know what to make of this at all. I am completely dumbfounded. I have already dispatched word to Holmes about this matter and also the other matter, which I must now reveal to you.

Mr Sollenberger, you instructed me to “ask the two remaining brothers about their claims to be the shortest twins”. I am sorry to report to you as yet, that I have failed to do so because the twins have gone missing! They must have disappeared on the night of the 10th of October. We do not know how they managed to escape from the circus without anyone’s knowledge because the whole area was secure.

Ms Templeton you asked me “Watson, have you been feeding Bugsy? If not please check on him, as he could be dying in unexplained circumstances round about now.”
What can I say? He too has disappeared in the same manner as the pair of Pratts, Huppim and Muppim!
Drew Sollenberger (Sollen)
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it's the great midget migration! I hear when the planets are properly positioned the poor midget's have an uncontrolable instinct to migrate to west most end of austrilia where (if this horrible legend could possible be true) they all don costums and pretend to be John Shuttleworth. Of course this rumor has yet to be proven as anyone to stumble across such a scene of midget John Shuttleworth look-alikes would surely be driven to insanity and dive off the coast of austrilla and attempt to swim the the farthest possible island from austrilia to escape the horrid scene
Jason Borsom (Serges)
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Good Doctor, forgive my relative ignorance... I have recently stumbled across your expansive investigation thus far, and am not of any particular inclination at present to re-peruse the findings, as time is most certainly of the essence.
However, something certainly aroused my suspicion in your latest announcement. Wasn't one of the circus performers pregnant, or perhaps suspected of being pregnant in the recent past?
I will soon muster the fortitude required to refamiliarize myself with the details of the investigation, but if you could kindly refresh my memory as to the veracity of my claim, as well as investigate the veracity of any such pregnancy if I was indeed correct, I feel we may be making definite progress!
With much regard,
Serges, P.I.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Sollen
it's the great midget migration! I hear when the planets are properly positioned the poor midget's have an uncontrolable instinct to migrate to west most end of austrilia where (if this horrible legend could possible be true) they all don costums and pretend to be John Shuttleworth. Of course this rumor has yet to be proven as anyone to stumble across such a scene of midget John Shuttleworth look-alikes would surely be driven to insanity and dive off the coast of austrilla and attempt to swim the the farthest possible island from austrilia to escape the horrid scene An interesting theory, I must say!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Welcome Serges and thank you for assisting us.
Good Doctor, forgive my relative ignorance... I have recently stumbled across your expansive investigation thus far, and am not of any particular inclination at present to re-peruse the findings, as time is most certainly of the essence.
I understand but if you do find the time to familiarise yourself with the details of the case, it would greatly enhance your insight into this dastardly affair.

However, something certainly aroused my suspicion in your latest announcement. Wasn't one of the circus performers pregnant, or perhaps suspected of being pregnant in the recent past?
So far this is something that has not been considered. There are only two females here at the circus, they being Mary Roti (Bearded Fat Lady) and Lilly Lustre (Princess Raven). Neither of these is pregnat to the best of my knowledge but then you may have reasons for your suspicions. Is it possible that you are confusing Mary Roti’s obesity for a case of imprgnation? Mind you, we have discovered that she was having some sort of romance with Maximus Pratt earlier in the year.

I will soon muster the fortitude required to refamiliarize myself with the details of the investigation, bravo!
but if you could kindly refresh my memory as to the veracity of my claim, as well as investigate the veracity of any such pregnancy if I was indeed correct, I feel we may be making definite progress! Most certainly
My initial investigations on the issue thus far, have been characterised by a lack of any evidence that either Mary or Lily are pregnant. I have questioned every member of the troupe that remains on the site and thay all deny any knowledge of an existing pregnancy among their number. Mary and Lily are independently adamant about themselves being pregnant.

With much regard,
Serges, P.I.
Thank you Serges
Sara Willow (Professoryackle)
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My good Doctor Watson,

I must say I have read your latest missives with not a little astonishment. This whole caper gets more singular every day. But thank you so much for your proficiency in carrying out my suggestions regarding the whereabouts of the second snake. It is disappointing to discover that I was on the wrong track, but at least that line of enquiry may now be eliminated.

I fear, though, that two puncture marks do not arrive in the neck of a body by themselves, and the possibilities as I see them are as follows:

1)The puncture marks were not caused by a snake but by some other means as yet undiscovered - perhaps some kind of needle injection?
2)The puncture wounds were caused by another snake hidden somewhere on campus but whose location may be unknown to Singh, and such snake would unlikely be a cobra for the reasons mentioned by Singh when you questioned him on the effects of cobra venom.
3)The puncture wounds were after all caused by Singh's cobra and that confounded Piltdown-Smythe fellow has still not identified the matching records from his research. After all, he confused them once; he may perchance have confused them a second time? However, this does not answer the question of the venom.

I fail to see how anything more can be done to prove or disprove these hypotheses until such time as further evidence comes to light. I suggest we keep them on the back burner in the meantime. Perhaps either your good self, or my colleagues, might come up with some ideas on this front. As I mentioned previously, there is still one other investigation which could be carried out regarding the snake, but I fear it would be premature at this juncture.

Disappearing midgets now, eh? I suppose the camp has been searched? It seems to me that the entire circus is riddled with thieves and charlatans, and the sooner the case is solved, the better.

I feel sorry for Albert though. Could you let him know that I have procured him a siamese kitten, if he wants it?

Regards,
Professoryackle.
Sara Willow (Professoryackle)
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Watson,
Surely the point is that if the fingerprints are of a baby then a current pregnancy would be irrelevant. I think we should be searching for a previous pregnancy and birth, and the two main candidates are obviously Mary and Lilly.

It is unlikely, though still possible, that Mary could have recently had a child, since polycystic ovary syndrome does not easily lend itself to pregnancy; though if pregnancy _should_ occur in the sufferer, the symptoms of weight gain and hirsuteness tend to be cured by the circulating hormones and Mary could be expected to lose her beard. She could have a thyroidal problem though.
Is it possible for you to ascertain whether Mary or Lilly have had a baby in th recent past? Or whether one of the summer crew have?

The other possibility that occurs to me is that the fingerprints may not be those of a baby but of a very small midget or even a chimpanzee or other creature. Could you check this out as well please?
My best regards,

PY.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Sara (Professor Yackle)

My good Doctor Watson,

I must say I have read your latest missives with not a little astonishment. This whole caper gets more singular every day. Yes indeed!

But thank you so much for your proficiency in carrying out my suggestions regarding the whereabouts of the second snake. It is disappointing to discover that I was on the wrong track, but at least that line of enquiry may now be eliminated. It does appear that way.

I fear, though, that two puncture marks do not arrive in the neck of a body by themselves, and the possibilities as I see them are as follows:
I am impressed by your application the deductive process – Holmes will be pleased!

1)The puncture marks were not caused by a snake but by some other means as yet undiscovered - perhaps some kind of needle injection?
This makes sense

2)The puncture wounds were caused by another snake hidden somewhere on campus but whose location may be unknown to Singh, and such snake would unlikely be a cobra for the reasons mentioned by Singh when you questioned him on the effects of cobra venom.
a logical possibility

3)The puncture wounds were after all caused by Singh's cobra and that confounded Piltdown-Smythe fellow has still not identified the matching records from his research. After all, he confused them once; he may perchance have confused them a second time?
You are wise to doubt the fellow but I believe that we will must accept his findings, especially now that he has checked and confirmed his results, following the previous error.

However, this does not answer the question of the venom.
True

I fail to see how anything more can be done to prove or disprove these hypotheses until such time as further evidence comes to light. I suggest we keep them on the back burner in the meantime.
Good thinking

Perhaps either your good self, or my colleagues, might come up with some ideas on this front. As I mentioned previously, there is still one other investigation which could be carried out regarding the snake, but I fear it would be premature at this juncture.
quite so

Disappearing midgets now, eh? I suppose the camp has been searched?
Indeed it has. It is a mystery to me

It seems to me that the entire circus is riddled with thieves and charlatans, and the sooner the case is solved, the better.
My thoughts, exactly

I feel sorry for Albert though. Could you let him know that I have procured him a siamese kitten, if he wants it?
That is so kind of you – he will be pleased. I suppose that the Circus rules of “No Pets” or similar, is no longer of any consequence, now that Maximus and his brothers are absent!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Sara (Professor Yackle

Watson,
Surely the point is that if the fingerprints are of a baby then a current pregnancy would be irrelevant. I think we should be searching for a previous pregnancy and birth, and the two main candidates are obviously Mary and Lilly.
My word, I had never thought of that!

It is unlikely, though still possible, that Mary could have recently had a child, since polycystic ovary syndrome does not easily lend itself to pregnancy; though if pregnancy _should_ occur in the sufferer, the symptoms of weight gain and hirsuteness tend to be cured by the circulating hormones and Mary could be expected to lose her beard. She could have a thyroidal problem though.
I fear that my medical knowledge is limited in the specialist area of endocrinology and gynaecology. I wonder if anyone else can assist us in this field?

Is it possible for you to ascertain whether Mary or Lilly have had a baby in th recent past? Or whether one of the summer crew have?
Well, I have made enquiries into this matter and again I have drawn a blank. All the circus folk are denying any knowledge of any previous pregnancies or births in recent years. I fear that we will have to take their word for it unless we find any evidence to the contrary.

The other possibility that occurs to me is that the fingerprints may not be those of a baby but of a very small midget or even a chimpanzee or other creature.
My goodness – what a thought!

Could you check this out as well please?
The finger prints are so tiny that I cannot possibly imagine that they could belong to an adult – even a midget. Also, I am sure they are too big for a chimpanzee, unless of course it was a baby chimpanzee. Otherwise, it would have to be a much smaller creature.

There are two difficulties that I see with the theory of a small creature. Firstly, we have no knowledge of any animals in the vicinity and secondly, these prints clearly appear to belong to a human.

However, I must say. I am most impressed by your individual approach to this case. I am encouraged by your skillfull efforts in trying to penetrate the murk that confronts us. At the same time I must apologise for my own lack of inspiration just at the moment.


Keep up the sterling effort!

Yours

Dr Watson
dryman (Dryman)
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Do you know Watson, I am suddenly reminded of a memorable episode of the popular off-Broadway show "The X-Files", where as it happens one of the performers in a traveling circus actually had a misshapen Siamese twin attached to him, which nonetheless was independent and self-detachable, and was wont to roam the carnival grounds in search of human prey (being additionally a vampire and cannibal). Now do you suppose these odd events could have any bearing on our case? (Kindly conceal this Straitjacket Escape Kit(TM) upon your person before mentioning these remarks to Holmes.)

Plot Synopsis and Score of the Aforementioned Dramatic Piece

"The finger prints are so tiny that I cannot possibly imagine that they could belong to an adult – even a midget. Also, I am sure they are too big for a chimpanzee, unless of course it was a baby chimpanzee. Otherwise, it would have to be a much smaller creature."

But Watson, it could be a bushbaby, or a lemur! Or virtually any number of vervets, tarsiers, lorises or pottoes. Do you suppose we should call in Prof. Piltdown-Smythe's cousin Eustace, the noted exotic primatologist and ovarian endocrine specialist?
Jane T (Newgirl)
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Watson, I dare not say too much, for fear that my stiff upper lip might quiver, and I might say some things I might come to regret. But dash it all, old chap! Bugsy was my friend, the truest friend a girl could wish for. You had better hope that he returns unharmed, otherwise I will unleash my latest creation upon you.

My dear Professor Yackle, I am sorry not to have responded to your questions earlier. Bugsy was a true midget, measuring merely 8 inches in his stockinged feet. He allowed himself to be sewn into the gusset only on the most solemn promise that the knickers would never be worn by Miss Roti so long as he was in them. I would like to chat further on this subject but I confess I am too distressed.
Drew Sollenberger (Sollen)
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well I must admit that I am rather perplexed about the babies and missing cobras. I belive that I will focus my energies to the stolen objects as I belive the theif used them to build some sort of contraption used in this crime. hopefully one of my fellow LTPFers will solve the mystery of the killer baby.

You know my dear watson I must admit that out of all the objects to be stolen I have found the stones to be troublesome as they were returned before they could be used for the robbery. However it then occured to me that no robbery of this bizzare nature could be complete without a practice run. obviously in such a run the real jewles would not be aviliable for practicing any contraptions and so a sutible object of similar weight would be required; I do belived the stones were used in such a capacity.

could you please check with their owner if see if the collection of stones would have an approximate weight of the stolen jewles? if so could you perform an experment to see if the stones thrown or droped from the height of the fence would make a suitable bump like the one made the night of the theft. also could you check the knoting on the fishing line you saw and determin if you belive the line could have been used to at least slow the plummet of the jewels from the way it was tied.

now on too these other things. I have promised to leave the baby to others but perhaps I can help out with a few questions to get them started. first could you please describe exactly where you found the baby prints and any actions you may be able to deduice from the spacing of the prints (for example if the prints were found around a handle you could dudce the handle was griped as if to pull something open).

and finally I shall ask about the method of death. as of now it would seem we have descovered two wounds which are both determined not to be fatal, correct? well tell me when you first saw the body did the victim appear to have suspected any fatal blows? can you tell if he survived for any length of time after the initial blow or if it was instantly fatal?

just to cover all the possible means of death could you please inquire as too any allergies the victim may have had that could be used against him?

hmmm you wouldn't know how to tell if the stab wound was done after the individual was dead would you? if not I suspect some of the greater minds then mine will see my question and supply us with a method of determining such a thing.

finally I don't suppose you have any way of testing the blood for cobra venom or other leathal substances do you?
Drew Sollenberger (Sollen)
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well I must admit that I am rather perplexed about the babies and missing cobras. I belive that I will focus my energies to the stolen objects as I belive the theif used them to build some sort of contraption used in this crime. hopefully one of my fellow LTPFers will solve the mystery of the killer baby as all I can offer is a few probably misguided questions.

You know my dear watson I must admit that out of all the objects to be stolen I have found the stones to be troublesome as they were returned before they could be used for the robbery. However it then occured to me that no robbery of this bizzare nature could be complete without a practice run. obviously in such a run the real jewles would not be aviliable for practicing any contraptions and so a sutible object of similar weight would be required; I do belived the stones were used in such a capacity.

could you please check with their owner if see if the collection of stones would have an approximate weight of the stolen jewles? if so could you perform an experment to see if the stones thrown or droped from the height of the fence would make a suitable bump like the one made the night of the theft. also could you check the knoting on the fishing line you saw and determin if you belive the line could have been used to at least slow the plummet of the jewels from the way it was tied.

now on too these other things. I have promised to leave the baby to others but perhaps I can help out with a few questions to get them started. first could you please describe exactly where you found the baby prints and any actions you may be able to deduice from the spacing of the prints (for example if the prints were found around a handle you could dudce the handle was griped as if to pull something open).

and finally I shall ask about the method of death. as of now it would seem we have descovered two wounds which are both determined not to be fatal, correct? well tell me when you first saw the body did the victim appear to have suspected any fatal blows? can you tell if he survived for any length of time after the initial blow or if it was instantly fatal?

just to cover all the possible means of death could you please inquire as too any allergies the victim may have had that could be used against him?

hmmm you wouldn't know how to tell if the stab wound was done after the individual was dead would you? if not I suspect some of the greater minds then mine will see my question and supply us with a method of determining such a thing.

finally I don't suppose you have any way of testing the blood for cobra venom or other leathal substances do you?
Drew Sollenberger (Sollen)
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opps, it would appear my computer posted twice. sorry for that; hope I didn't frighten you too much when you saw all the questions of the two post combined :)
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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23rd October 1888

I say, the weather is turning rather chilly right now. I do believe that the birds of the forest are flocking ready to migrate to warmer climes. They are making a fair old racket in the treetops. I do hope that we can conclude this case before the very cold weather sets in!

I must say, you good folks have been offering some marvelous ideas for me to follow – I’m only sorry that it is taking so long before I can provide you with the answers that you require. But I suppose that it is better that I do the job with meticulous attention so as to ensure accuracy. I'm sure Holmes would approve of that!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Dryman

Do you know Watson, I am suddenly reminded of a memorable episode of the popular off-Broadway show "The X-Files",
I am not familiar with this american sounding invention – it almost sounds like something from the future.

where as it happens one of the performers in a traveling circus actually had a misshapen Siamese twin attached to him, which nonetheless was independent and self-detachable, and was wont to roam the carnival grounds in search of human prey (being additionally a vampire and cannibal).
That’s all most intriguing Mr Dryman. However, I must remind you that we are dealing with a a real life murder enquiry and although it is useful to think creatively, we must not allow ourselves to drift completely into the world of fantasy and science fiction!

Now do you suppose these odd events could have any bearing on our case?
I very much doubt it somehow but stranger things have happened!

(Kindly conceal this Straitjacket Escape Kit(TM) upon your person before mentioning these remarks to Holmes.)
I most certainly will old boy!

Plot Synopsis and Score of the Aforementioned Dramatic Piece
Fascinating stuff old bean!!

"The finger prints are so tiny that I cannot possibly imagine that they could belong to an adult – even a midget. Also, I am sure they are too big for a chimpanzee, unless of course it was a baby chimpanzee. Otherwise, it would have to be a much smaller creature."

But Watson, it could be a bushbaby, or a lemur! Or virtually any number of vervets, tarsiers, lorises or pottoes.
My word – do you think so?

Do you suppose we should call in Prof. Piltdown-Smythe's cousin Eustace, the noted exotic primatologist and ovarian endocrine specialist?
Why of course! In fact the Professor, along with cousin Eustace, has arrived in Pratts Bottom only this evening to try and help us unravel the mystery! These two gentlemen tell me that they could not resist the temptation of the intrigue. They see it as a challenge to their academic prowess and are desirous of cracking the case themselves!

I have spoken to Eustace and this is what he has to tell us on the subject. He admits that his knowledge of Mammalian Dermatoglyphics is largely dependent on the personal research of our dear friend Sherlock Holmes who has apparantly completed a work on the very same subject. He admits that Holmes is a genious and has taken it upon himself to delve into such matters of scientific detail that others have ignored and have regarded as mere trivia. Holmes once showed Eustace the results of his research when the two men had tea on one occasion.

Apparently Holmes says that much further research is required by future generations. In the meantime, cousin Eustace tells us that Holmes has established this; that the prints of other mammals are definitely discernible from that of Homo Sapiens. He further states that, the prints of our unidentified miniature person at the murder scene, are human as far as he can determine. However Eustace is still scratching his head about something that he read in Holmes work on the subject. He knows that it is vitally important but is unable to recall what it is!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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jane

Watson, I dare not say too much, for fear that my stiff upper lip might quiver, and I might say some things I might come to regret. But dash it all, old chap! Bugsy was my friend, the truest friend a girl could wish for. You had better hope that he returns unharmed, otherwise I will unleash my latest creation upon you.
I really am sorry old girl - I'm sure. I have no idea of what happened. It's a complete mystery. I wish Holmes were here, the matter would soon be cleared up!

My dear Professor Yackle, I am sorry not to have responded to your questions earlier. Bugsy was a true midget, measuring merely 8 inches in his stockinged feet. He allowed himself to be sewn into the gusset only on the most solemn promise that the knickers would never be worn by Miss Roti so long as he was in them. I would like to chat further on this subject but I confess I am too distressed.
He looked a little bigger when I saw him – say about 2’ 6” but then again I could be mistaken due to the number of midgets that I have recently beheld.
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Drew (Sollen)
well I must admit that I am rather perplexed about the babies and missing cobras. I believe that I will focus my energies to the stolen objects as I belive the theif used them to build some sort of contraption used in this crime. hopefully one of my fellow LTPFers will solve the mystery of the killer baby. most pragmatic of you my dear chap. I’m indebted to you for your sound approach!

You know my dear watson I must admit that out of all the objects to be stolen I have found the stones to be troublesome as they were returned before they could be used for the robbery. Indeed!
However it then occured to me that no robbery of this bizzare nature could be complete without a practice run. obviously in such a run the real jewles would not be aviliable for practicing any contraptions and so a sutible object of similar weight would be required; I do belived the stones were used in such a capacity.
My word! What inspired thinking!

could you please check with their owner if see if the collection of stones would have an approximate weight of the stolen jewles? if so could you perform an experment to see if the stones thrown or droped from the height of the fence would make a suitable bump like the one made the night of the theft. also could you check the knoting on the fishing line you saw and determin if you belive the line could have been used to at least slow the plummet of the jewels from the way it was tied.
Well, my goodness, you may be on to something here! Apparently the size, shape and colour of the stones would resemble the jewels in some respects. By all accounts the size of the respective collections are similar. Lilly Lustre kindly approved of our loan of her stones and subsequently we have conducted your experiment. We placed the collection of stones in a sack and dropped them from the fence, in just the manner in which you gave instruction. We asked Atry Morty if the sound was similar to that which he heard on the night of the theft and murder. Unfortunately he is not convinced that it is the same quality of sound but I am encouraged by your ideas.
I checked the knotting of the fishing line. I suppose that the line could have been used in the way that you suggest. Are you thinking that the jewels could have been heaved over the fence, tied by the line for safety?


now on too these other things. I have promised to leave the baby to others but perhaps I can help out with a few questions to get them started. first could you please describe exactly where you found the baby prints and any actions you may be able to deduice from the spacing of the prints (for example if the prints were found around a handle you could dudce the handle was griped as if to pull something open).
Yes – very good. Lestrade and myself have been analysing this and it is becoming clear. The baby fingerprints are all over the empty jewel chest and there is a consistent trail of them between the chest and the barred window.

and finally I shall ask about the method of death. as of now it would seem we have descovered two wounds which are both determined not to be fatal, correct? Correct – the wounds in themselves could not have caused death.
well tell me when you first saw the body did the victim appear to have suspected any fatal blows? There is no other sign of injury at all, and certainly no bruising or any other signs of any blows.
can you tell if he survived for any length of time after the initial blow or if it was instantly fatal? I believe he died soon after sustaining the actual wounds that are present.

just to cover all the possible means of death could you please inquire as too any allergies the victim may have had that could be used against him?
He had no known allergies.

hmmm you wouldn't know how to tell if the stab wound was done after the individual was dead would you? if not I suspect some of the greater minds then mine will see my question and supply us with a method of determining such a thing.
Hmm… It would seem that both of the wounds occurred before, or at the time of death.

finally I don't suppose you have any way of testing the blood for cobra venom or other leathal substances do you?
I hadn’t thought of that. Oh dear – Holmes will be disappointed in me but thankfully you have reminded me! I don’t know how to check but I will take samples from the wound sites to see if Holmes may be able to identify any such venom later. However I don’t suppose this will help is in the immediate circumstances.
Dref (Dref)
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Can you analyze the knickers for me Watson and check to see if there are any fibers, fluids, etc on them?