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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance

Larry Millet
Copyright Date: 2001
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 336
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    Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance
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    As the city of Minneapolis prepares President McKinley’s visit, someone else prepares for murder. On the day before the visit, a union activist is found hanged, naked, outside a ruined mansion. Shadwell Rafferty searches for answers, putting himself in danger. But as luck would have it, his old friends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson are on their way.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-8027-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Map of Central Minneapolis, 1899
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. Prologue: Minneapolis, September 28, 1899
    (pp. 1-6)

    As he wandered down Tenth Street at two in the morning, stoppig now and then to consult the flask of whisky tucked in his hip pocket, Sid the Ratman did his best to look inconspicuous. Discretion, he had learned through hard experience, was everything, especially when it came to dealing with the police of Minneapolis. He knew only too well that the coppers viewed him as a nuisance — and a smelly, crazy one at that — despite the signal service he had done in fighting the malignant army of rats that constantly threatened to overrun the city. Someday, when the dirty...

  5. Book One: The Mystery of Michael O’Donnell

    • Chapter One “They Strung Up Michael”
      (pp. 9-19)

      Wed., Sept. 27, 1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 10:30 p.m.: Arrived here at 4:30 P.M. after smooth passage from Southampton aboardCampania.Hotel as advertised—posh as any in London or Paris, perhaps more so — & J[ohn] J[acob] Astor IV spared no expense in providing finest rooms in the house. Told us our suite “fit for kings,” to which H[olmes] responded with usual wit: “Then we shall try to behave regally.”²

      Timing could not be better in some ways, as city in state of high excitement over naval parade planned in honor of Comm. [George] Dewey, hero of Manila Bay &...

    • Chapter Two “Do You Know Who This Man Is?”
      (pp. 20-33)

      Thurs., Sept. 28, 1899, Delmonico’s Restaurant, N.Y., 2 p.m.: Astor asked us to join him at this celebrated establishment for lunch. Over excellent dish called lobster thermidor— specialty of the house, I am told — he talked for hour re troubles & what he expects of H. Talk centered on cousin William, with whom Astor embroiled in bitter dispute, exact nature of which I cannot yet commit to paper. Astor demanded William be stopped “at once” from carrying out insidious plans, etc., etc. H finally cut him short with assurances everything would be taken care of “expeditiously.” After Astor left, H...

    • Chapter Three “I Want a Man Who Thirsts for Justice”
      (pp. 34-47)

      Thurs., Sept. 28, 1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 9:30 p.m.: Telegram from SR arrived within hour & H seized upon it like starving dog. H desperately wishes to take mind off case here, which is becoming nightmare for reasons I will spell out later. SR’s message thus most welcome, if for no other reason than that, in H’s words, “it deals with a crime as opposed to a quarrel, & the former are invariably easier to resolve than the latter.”


    • Chapter Four “God Cuts Many Paths”
      (pp. 48-57)

      Fri., Sept. 29, 1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 5 P.M.: . . . Watched naval parade in Dewey’s honor this A.M. & effect was splendid, tho crowds at Battery so huge had difficulty seeing as ships steamed thru harbor & up Hudson toward Grant’s Tomb. H, however, in foul mood & stayed behind at hotel, saying he found little to admire in “pointless display of patriotism.” Too bad, for he missed truly magnificent display of might of this new continent. . . .¹

      After returning to the hotel, found letter from C[lifton] Wooldridge, of Chicago Police Dept. First met him in...

    • Chapter Five “Spite, You See, Can Be a Form of Idealism”
      (pp. 58-70)

      Sat., Sept. 30,1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 4:50 p.m.: H uncommonly restless & went out for long walk in A.M. despite huge crowds gathering for Dewey’s “land parade,” as newspapers called it, at Madison Square, not far from our hotel. Crowds too much for me & I stayed in lobby, reading newspapers until H returned. . . .¹

      Astor matter weighing him down more than ever, as more complications became apparent today. . . . H reluctant to talk about problems except to describe Astor as “a perfect ass.” Forced to agree. Man proving insufferable & I do not know how...

    • Chapter Six “We’ve Met”
      (pp. 71-83)


      H: “It sounds as though our friend has gotten himself into a most interesting situation. I only wish I had Mr. Rafferty’s letter in hand.”

      W: “By the sound of it, his case...

    • Chapter Seven “Go Back to St. Paul”
      (pp. 84-96)

      Mon., Oct. 2,1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 9:30 p.m.: SR’s letter at last! It arrived late afternoon just before dinner with Astor in hotel dining room. Escargot excellent. H listened with ill humor to Astor’s continuing complaints, ate no food, & excused self at 7 P.M., stating he needed to “consider new developments.” I was left to entertain Astor but escaped after hour of idle talk . . .

      Went back to room & found H anxious to discuss SR’s letter, which included clippings from St. Paul & Mpls. papers re murder case. H much stimulated by SR’s missive & again...

    • Chapter Eight “I Met a Man Much Troubled by Rats”
      (pp. 97-108)

      Mon., Oct.2,1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 11:30 p.m.: Before retiring, I feel compelled to copy down H’s letter to SR, which he completed only minutes ago & will send out by earliest post. Have a sense that one way or another we shall become more deeply involved in murders in Mpls. & so wish to keep the record current. H’s letter:

      My dear Rafferty:

      In receipt of yours of Sept. 29, as well as telegrams, & trust you are well despite the difficulties of your current case. Dr. Watson offers his salutations & wonders if that dog of yours is as...

    • Chapter Nine “Rafferty Won’t Be a Threat”
      (pp. 109-122)

      Tues., Oct 3,1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 4:30 a.m.: H awoke me to report “most astonishing dream” regarding SR’s case.

      H: “It featured Jefferson Hope, the avenger you well remember fromA Study in Scarlet.He was in a city I did not recognize but which looked very American. More to the point, he was in the process of hanging a man, pulling with all his strength on a rope dangling over the limb of a large tree.”¹

      W: “You have been thinking about Mr. Rafferty’s case, I see.”

      H: “Yes. But it is curious, is it not, Watson, that I...

    • Chapter Ten “Come Alone”
      (pp. 123-136)

      Tues., Oct. 3, 1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 7 P.M.: Arrived late back at hotel to find new telegram from SR. Reports strange news that rat trap baited with cheese found beneath body of man hanged in Mpls. H called this a “novel touch” & took some time to ponder implications before speaking up.

      H: “What do you make of this latest news from our friend Rafferty?”

      W: “I can only assume that the trap was meant to suggest that the victim was a traitor of some kind. If that is the case, then it certainly raises new questions about who...

  6. Book Two: The Wound of Time

    • Chapter Eleven “It Was Just a Cheap Attempt at Blackmail”
      (pp. 139-151)

      Wed., Oct. 4, 1899, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, N.Y., 9:30 a.m.: Inevitable finally occurred early this A.M., when H & Astor had bitter parting of ways. . . . Astor came to our room to complain about H’s “sloth” in handling case & before long H told the little popinjay what he thought of him, his cousin & the whole “lunatic Astor clan.” Bravo for H! . . .

      Thurs., Oct. 5, 1899, Union Station, Chicago, 1:30 p.m.: Jotting down these words as we await train north to Mpls. H yet to explain sudden decision to visit SR, saying only he had...

    • Chapter Twelve “There’s People in There That’ll Kill You”
      (pp. 152-165)

      Fri, Oct 6,1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 6 a.m.: SR alive & well! What joy to write these words after long night of waiting & hoping. Hill our savior. To our surprise, great man himself stormed into hospital at 4:30 A.M., two lawyers at his side, judicial writ in hand, & look in one good eye such as would pulverize granite into dust. Amazed, of course, to see H & me but spent little time on pleasantries. Instead, he instructed police captain to “call his superiors on the nearest telephone.” Captain, thoroughly cowed by Hill’s imperial presence, did so & came...

    • Chapter Thirteen “Something Sinister Is Coming My Way”
      (pp. 166-176)

      Fri., Oct. 6, 1899, Ryan Hotel, St. Paul, 4 p.m.: Am jotting down these words as H & I prepare to go to Mpls. for night of surveillance at Zier Row. H in grand mood — eager, bursting with ideas & prepared for whatever night may bring. He even spent time playing with SR’s bulldog. Found this amusing, especially hearing name Sherlock called aloud so often. . . . I am tired but have learned thru years that it is price paid for privilege of participating in H’s investigations. Would not trade it for any other experience in world.

      SR gone...

    • Chapter Fourteen “I Think He Might Be Living in There”
      (pp. 177-189)

      Sat., Oct. 7, 1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 2 a.m.: Have taken three draughts of strong tea in order not to succumb to sleep & forget any details of memorable events of this night. Wish I had stamina of H, who shows no sign of weariness despite strenuous activities. H now conferring with SR & expect report shortly. What a pair they make! So similar in energy & conviction & much like wild boys, always plotting some grand adventure together. Or perhaps more like one of H’s beloved chemical reactions in which two different but related substances combine to produce dramatic...

    • Chapter Fifteen “Get Off Me, You Brute”
      (pp. 190-202)

      Sat., Oct. 7, 1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 2:30 a.m.: Am taking more tea to combat growing weariness. H & Rafferty still meeting. Have just talked with GWT, who reported he has most interesting news. . . .

      As for events at Zier Row, must conclude with account of extraordinary discoveries in house. H as surprised as I to find back door open, for in chill night air closing any outside door would be matter of course. Someone obviously had left in great haste. But why such hurry? As we stood by door in fog & dim light, had foreboding that...

    • Chapter Sixteen “His Exact Words, Sir, Exact Words!”
      (pp. 203-215)

      Sat., Oct. 7,1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 6 a.m.: Intriguing news on several fronts! Am convinced end of this tangled affair in sight, but do not know exactly where we will find it. ...

      H & SR emerged from strategy meeting at 3:15 A.M. & 4 of us — GWT also present — met in H’s room. All had stories to tell & discussion lively despite lateness of hour. H enjoying himselt more than in months, pacing from one end of room to other, smoking pipe & firing off questions like salvos from ship of line. SR by contrast relaxed in chair, sipping...

    • Chapter Seventeen “It Will Be Haymarket All Over Again”
      (pp. 216-229)

      Sat., Oct. 7, 1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 6 a.m.: . . . Many questions after SR finished account of meeting in tunnel with A[ddie] O’Donnell & Ratman.

      W: “Your encounter with Miss O’Donnell was an amazing coincidence, Mr. Rafferty. Are you convinced that she was telling you the truth about how she came to be in the tunnels?”

      SR: “I’m convinced of nothing when it comes to that woman, Doctor. I do not know if she’s a great saint or a great sinner, or perhaps even both. I admit I can’t read her as I can most people.”

      W: “So...

    • Chapter Eighteen “He May Have Been Murdered for Doing His Duty”
      (pp. 230-247)

      Sat., oct. 7, 1899, west hotel, mpls., 8 p.m.: . . . SR back for supper & with curious news re anarchist book found in Phelps’s office. . . . H familiar with Johann Most & said his followers “among the most dangerous men of our time.” Deeply worried by this development & said he fears “more than ever” violence at labor rally tomorrow as well as threat to president. SR in agreement & after usual discussion made final plans for night. H & I will sound out McP[arland] at gambling hall, using “big bluff,” as SR called it. ......

    • Chapter Nineteen “She Will Be There”
      (pp. 248-259)

      Sun., Oct. 8, 1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 4 a.m.: . . . Sat down with SR & GWT at once & H gave full account of interview with McP[arland], after which SR told of startling discovery at A[ddie] O’Donnell’s apartment. . . .

      Even H uncertain what to make of situation but thought clues pointed to some “desperate act which must soon be consummated, in all likelihood in connection with President McKinley’s visit.” President due in city late A.M. to ride at head of parade, visit Wellington Mills, & deliver speech at Exposition Hall.¹

      H: “There are numerous points of...

    • Chapter Twenty “Do You Remember Louis Lingg?”
      (pp. 260-279)

      Sun., Oct. 8,1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 11 p.m.:... Name we read, letters neatly incised in cool gray stone, was PETER McGINTY.

      Bouquet of fresh flowers rested at base of monument & H spotted envelope among petals. Inside found note, penned in choppy, anxious hand. It read, “Father, you shall have justice at last. Love, Mary.”

      “Fool!” H said to himself. “I should have known. Come, Watson, we have not one second to spare.”

      Followed H at full sprint to administration building, where H went behind counter & took phone from startled clerk. Young man rose to object but silenced by...

    • Chapter Twenty-one “Do Not Confuse It with an Apology”
      (pp. 280-296)

      Sun., Oct. 8,1899, West Hotel, Mpls., 11 p.m.: . . . After terrible scene of suicide, had decision to make re authorities. Knew H did not wish to linger in Mpls. & explain activities, tho McP[arland] could always reveal our presence if he chose to. Yet H did not wish to leave SR without support should authorities make trouble. SR, however, immediately put H at ease.

      SR: “You & Dr. Watson should be leavin’ pronto. The explosions will bring down the coppers for sure & unless you want to get caught up in this tangle & have the papers breathin’...

  7. Epilogue: “Rest Quietly”
    (pp. 297-302)

    Fri., Nov. 10,1899,221B Baker St., London, 3 p.m.: Another letter today from SR, full of more news re O’Donnell case. Biggest development: discovery & arrest of A[ddie] O’Donnell, who H & SR had always believed was alive. . . .

    After reading letter aloud, H — who now engrossed in curious affair of mute lodger at Colville Place — immediately wrote & posted reply, as follows:¹

    My Dear Rafferty:

    I am hardly surprised that your ideas regarding what happened at Miss O’Donnell’s apartment — including the late Mr. Phelps’s attempt at murder — have now been confirmed by the lady herself. However, I was...

  8. Notes
    (pp. 303-320)
  9. Author’s Note
    (pp. 321-322)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 323-323)