Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
| The friends of Mr. Sherlock Holmes will be
glad to learn that he is still alive and well, though somewhat crippled
by occasional attacks of rheumatism. He has, for many years, lived in a
small farm upon the downs five miles from Eastbourne, where his time is
divided between philosophy and agriculture. During this period of rest
he has refused the most princely offers to take up various cases, having
determined that his retirement was a permanent one. The approach of the
German war caused him however, to lay his remarkable combination of intellectual
and practical activity at the disposal of the government, with historical
results which are recounted in His Last Bow. Several previous experiences
which have lain long in my portfolio have been added to His Last Bow so
as to complete the volume.
JOHN H. WATSON, M. D.